‘Fish Tank’ tops at Evening Standard awards

Posted by · 1:52 pm · February 8th, 2010

Katie Jarvis in Fish TankVoted on by a handful of London critics (including IC friend Tim Robey), the Evening Standard Film Awards aren’t the glitiziest of honors, but they always make admirably singular choices. Celebrating the best in British film and talent, they often highlight names and titles below the radar of even the British Independent Film Awards.

As if that wasn’t commendable enough, they earned the distinction last year of being the sole awards body to give Tilda Swinton a Best Actress award for “Julia.”

At tonight’s ceremony, meanwhile, they continued to earn my goodwill as their top prize went to Andrea Arnold’s “Fish Tank,” beating Jane Campion’s “Bright Star” in the process.

In something of an upset, Carey Mulligan lost Best Actress to “Nowhere Boy” star Anne-Marie Duff, while BAFTA nominee Andy Serkis took Best Actor for the Ian Dury biopic “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.” The night’s winners also included two Oscar contenders: the screenwriting team behind “In the Loop,” and Barry Ackroyd for “The Hurt Locker.” Full list of winners and nominees after the cut.

Best Film
“Bright Star”
“Fish Tank” (WINNER)

Best Actor
Tom Hardy, “Bronson”
Alex MacQueen, “The Hide”
Christian McKay, “Me and Orson Welles”
Andy Serkis, “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll” (WINNER)

Best Actress
Anne-Marie Duff, “Nowhere Boy” (WINNER)
Kelly Macdonald, “The Merry Gentleman”
Carey Mulligan, “An Education”

Best Screenplay
Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci and Tony Roche, “In the Loop” (WINNER)
Nick Hornby, “An Education”
Paul Laverty, “Looking for Eric”

London Film Museum Award for Technical Achievement
Barry Ackroyd, cinematographer, “The Hurt Locker” (WINNER)
James Herbert, film editor, “Sherlock Holmes”
Tony Noble, production designer, “Moon”

Most Promising Newcomer
Katie Jarvis, actress, “Fish Tank”
Duncan Jones, director, “Moon”
Peter Strickland, writer/director, “Katalin Varga” (WINNER)

The Peter Sellers Award for Comedy
Peter Capaldi, “In the Loop”
Sacha Baron Cohen, “Bruno” (WINNER)
Ricky Gervais, “The Invention of Lying”

Best Documentary
“Afghan Star”
“Anvil! The Story of Anvil” (WINNER)
“Sleep Furiously”

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  • 1 2-08-2010 at 1:57 pm

    Theoriginal.andrew said...

    The invention of lying? Jesus. I can’t believe they nominated that film for anything!

  • 2 2-08-2010 at 2:31 pm

    tim said...

    I don’t get the hype for “Fish Tank.” I thought it was average with an ending that didn’t seem to know what to do with itself. Katie Jarvis was okay, but she mostly just yelled the whole time. I dunno, maybe its just me.

  • 3 2-08-2010 at 2:50 pm

    Jeff S. said...

    I have to agree. Fish Tank was good and kept me engaged throughout the entire film but it seemed kinda average. I don’t know what it was really. I was disappointed by it when all was said and done.

  • 4 2-08-2010 at 3:07 pm

    Fitz said...

    Now this isn’t my opinion, but the word is Swinton didn’t get a nod because her character is essentially a giant twit.

  • 5 2-08-2010 at 3:11 pm

    The Dude said...

    Haven’t seen Fish Tank yet, but Red Road was an amazing movie. If FT is half as good, the award is much deserved.

  • 6 2-08-2010 at 3:26 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Tilda Swinton didn’t get a nod for a number of reasons, chief among them being that no one saw the film. So I’m unconvinced by “the word” in that instance.

  • 7 2-08-2010 at 6:52 pm

    Fitz said...

    I didn’t mean “the word” as in a collective rash of people, but the group I know who saw it at the Berlin festival.

  • 8 2-09-2010 at 1:16 am

    Theoriginal.andrew said...

    Tilda wasn’t nominated because her film was too small and didn’t have any substantial support. I don’t complain because three of the five nominees starred in low-budget films [An Education, Precious…, The Last Station].

  • 9 2-09-2010 at 6:11 am

    Simone said...

    It’s too bad that BAFTA chose to ignore Fish Tank. And it’s also too bad that FT is too british, too independent, small budgeted, to ever fall in the radar of Oscar for next year’s ceremony. It being released stateside in Jan ’10 will have no one remember it come December -Jan.