Duncan Jones’ MOON Wins Best Picture and Best Debut Director at the British Independent Film Awards

     December 6, 2009

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One of the best sci-fi films of the past several years, Duncan Jones’ Moon took home both Best Picture and Best Debut Director at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.  The was also received nominations for Sam Rockwell for Best Actor, Duncan for Best Director (a category which included both debut and veteran directors), Nathan Parker for Best Screenplay, and two nominations in the Best Technical Achievement category with Clint Mansell getting a nod for Original Score and Tony Noble for Production Design.

Any victory for Moon is an important victory because while it received large critical acclaim, its June release may have left it slightly adrift in the minds of critics and societies compiling their Top 10 of 2009 lists.  I’ll admit that it is disappointing that Rockwell didn’t win, but he did lose to Tom Hardy’s universally loved performance in Bronson so it wasn’t like the BIFA made a grievous error.  What’s important for Moon is to just make sure people don’t forget about it.

Other big films at BIFA were Fish Tank (7 nominations, 2 wins), Nowhere Boy (6 nominations, 1 win), An Education (6 nominations, 1 win), and In the Loop (5 nominations, 1 win) Hit the jump for the full list of nominees and winners.

Winners (bolded and italicized) via Awards Daily:

moon_movie_image_sam_rockwell__1_.jpgBEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

* An Education

* Fish Tank

* In the Loop

* Moon

* Nowhere Boy

BEST FOREIGN FILM

* Il Divo

* The Hurt Locker

* Let The Right One In

* Sin Nombre

* The Wrestler

BEST DIRECTOR

* Andrea Arnold – Fish Tank

* Armando Iannucci – In the Loop

* Duncan Jones – Moon

* Jane Campion – Bright Star

* Lone Scherfig – An Education

THE DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR BEST DEBUT DIRECTOR

* Armando Iannucci – In the Loop

* Duncan Jones – Moon

* Peter Strickland – Katalin Varga

* Sam Taylor Wood – Nowhere Boy

* Samantha Morton – The Unloved

education_movie_poster_01.jpgBEST ACTRESS

* Abbie Cornish – Bright Star

* Carey Mulligan – An Education

* Emily Blunt – The Young Victoria

* Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank

* Sophie Okonedo – Skin

BEST ACTOR

* Aaron Johnson – Nowhere Boy

* Andy Serkis – Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

* Peter Capaldi – In the Loop

* Sam Rockwell – Moon

* Tom Hardy – Bronson

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

* Anne-Marie Duff – Nowhere Boy

* Kerry Fox – Bright Star

* Kierston Wareing – Fish Tank

* Kristin Scott Thomas – Nowhere Boy

* Rosamund Pike – An Education

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

* Alfred Molina – An Education

* Jim Broadbent – The Damned United

* John Henshaw – Looking for Eric

* Michael Fassbender – Fish Tank

* Tom Hollander – In the Loop

BEST DOCUMENTARY

* The Age of Stupid

* The End of The Line

* Mugabe and The White African

* Sons of Cuba

* Sounds Like Teen Spirit

in_the_loop_movie_poster_slice_01.jpgBEST SCREENPLAY

* An Education – Nick Hornby

* Fish Tank – Andrea Arnold

* In the Loop – Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

* Moon – Nathan Parker

* Nowhere Boy – Matt Greenhalgh

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER

* Christian McKay – Me & Orson Welles

* Edward Hogg – White Lightnin’

* George MacKay – The Boys Are Back

* Hilda Péter – Katalin Varga

* Katie Jarvis – Fish Tank

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION

* Bronson

* Bunny & The Bull

* The Hide

* The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

* Katalin Varga

sam_rockwell_moon_movie_image__1_.jpgBEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT

* Bright Star – Cinematography – Greig Fraser

* Bunny & The Bull – Production Design – Gary Williamson

* Fish Tank – Cinematography – Robbie Ryan

* Moon – Original Score – Clint Mansell

* Moon – Production Design – Tony Noble

RAINDANCE AWARD (“for filmmakers working against the odds”)

* Colin

* The Disappearance of Alice Creed

* Down Terrace

* Exam

* They Call It Acid

BEST BRITISH SHORT

* Christmas with Dad

* Leaving

* Love You More

* Sidney Turtlebaum

* Washdays

THE RICHARD HARRIS AWARD (for outstanding contribution to British Film)

Daniel Day Lewis

THE VARIETY AWARD

Michael Caine

THE SPECIAL JURY PRIZE

Baz Bamigboye

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