‘Slumdog’ scores at BIFA Awards

Posted by · 2:49 pm · November 30th, 2008

Thanks to bright-eyed, bushy-tailed commenter Silrone for pointing out that the winners of the British Independent Film Awards were announced while I was mired in technical problems.

“Slumdog Millionaire” emerged as the evening’s big winner, taking Best British Film, Best Director and Best Newcomer for Dev Patel, though “Hunger” ran it close, also taking three prizes, including Best Actor for Michael Fassbender. I’m simultaneously surprised and unsurprised: “Slumdog” was certainly the obvious frontrunner, but the BIFAs have a history of not following the script.

Such was the case in the Best Actress category, where “Happy-Go-Lucky”‘s seemingly unbeatable Sally Hawkins lost out to Vera Farmiga for “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas.” I’m disappointed for Hawkins, though she will have other opportunities this season. In any case, I’m quite pleased to see some credit for Farmiga, my admiration for whom I recently expressed on these pages.

Meanwhile, “Happy-Go-Lucky” was rewarded with well-deserved victories for supporting stars Eddie Marsan and Alexis Zegerman, while my fellow “In Bruges” fans will be pleased to see Martin McDonagh took home some hardware for his writing.

Incidentally, I scored 7/13 in my predictions. Poor form — hopefully it’s all up from here. Full list of winners below the cut.

Best Picture: “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Director: Danny Boyle, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Debut Director (Douglas Hickox Award): Steve McQueen, “Hunger”
Best Screenplay: Martin McDonagh, “In Bruges”
Best Actor: Michael Fassbender, “Hunger”
Best Actress: Vera Farmiga, “The Boy in Striped Pyjamas”
Best Supporting Actor: Eddie Marsan, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Best Supporting Actress: Alexis Zegerman, “Happy-Go-Lucky”
Most Promising Newcomer: Dev Patel, “Slumdog Millionaire”
Best Achievement in Production: “The Escapist”
Best Technical Achievement: Sean Bobbitt, “Hunger” (cinematography)
Best Documentary: “Man on Wire”
Best Foreign Film: “Waltz With Bashir”
Raindance Award: “Zebra Crossings”
Best Short Film: “Soft”
Richard Harris Award (Outstanding Contribution to British Film): David Thewlis
Variety Award: Michael Sheen
Special Jury Prize: Joe Dunton

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7 responses so far

  • 1 11-30-2008 at 2:52 pm

    JAB said...

    Slumdog Millionaire truly is a great film. It’s only second to Milk of what I’ve seen.

  • 2 11-30-2008 at 3:05 pm

    Mr. F said...

    Yay for “In Bruges”. I wish the academy would nominate it, but I doubt it.

  • 3 11-30-2008 at 3:12 pm

    Chad said...

    If they could just nominate the first half of the “In Bruges” script, I’d be down for that

  • 4 11-30-2008 at 9:05 pm

    Homero said...

    Apparently, “Man on Wire” won Best Documentary…TWICE! Now that is a hell of an accomplishment, haha.

  • 5 11-30-2008 at 9:06 pm

    sofia said...

    I really do not understand the choice of the best actress category, it seems unfair to me, my favorite was Sally Hawkins

  • 6 11-30-2008 at 9:20 pm

    Silrone said...

    You´re welcome, Guy.
    So folks, this week we have National Board of Review… I confess that i´m really excited.

  • 7 11-30-2008 at 11:57 pm

    T.J. said...

    Just as I posted over at Awards Daily, since I think it’s relevant and something no one else is mentioning it yet:

    While a top win here is nice and certainly doesn’t hurt, something else happened this week that I think is going to have much more of an effect on one of the most likely BP contenders.

    Not to sound callous, but everything is taken into account by voters and I think the recent terrorist attacks in Mumbai are going to significantly help the overall chances of Slumdog Millionaire.

    Just as the passage of the backward and unconstitutional Proposition 8 in California highlights the topical nature and continued importance of Milk and will play into voter’s choices, so too I think will a film that celebrates the beauty, the squalor, and the rapid diversification and transformation of modern Mumbai be especially remembered and significant in the wake of the recent tragedy there.

    Based on critical reception and it’s crowd-pleasing nature, top nominations were already a pretty sure thing, but now I think it’s safe to call them a total lock regardless of how the film fares at the box-office.