The 14th Moët British Independent Film Awards were held on December 4, 2011 with Bridesmaids scene-stealer/comedian Chris O’Dowd as host and Tyrannosaur as the evening’s big winner. The directorial debut of actor Paddy Considine picked up the Best British Independent Film, Best Actress (Olivia Colman), and the Douglas Hickox Award for Best Debut Director. We Need to Talk About Kevin‘s helmer Lynne Ramsay earned the Best Director award while Michael Fassbender (who will likely be adding a lot more trophies to his collection as the awards season heats up) was named Best Actor for his performance in Shame.
Coriolanus‘ Vanessa Redgrave won Best Supporting Actress and Michael Smiley won Best Supporting Actor for Kill List. In addition, Coriolanus director Ralph Fiennes was the recipient of the Richard Harris Award for “outstanding contribution by an actor to British film.”
Stated the joint directors of the Moët British Independent Film Awards Johanna von Fischer & Tessa Collinson: “What a fantastic year for British film! This year’s nominees embodied a diverse range of genres and those walking away with awards tonight are representative of the high quality of outstanding talent we have in this country. Congratulations to them all.”
Source: BIFA – December 4, 2011