The BIFA 2013 honored some of the best in independent cinema from this past year.
This year’s British Independent Film Awards honored world-renowned Hollywood actors and actresses, as well as small, independent productions and rising stars, from James McAvoy and Julie Walters, to newcomers like The Shell’s Chloe Pirrie.
Lindsay Duncan and James McAvoy won for best actress and actor, respectively.
Some of the winners included Blue Is The Warmest Color (Best International Independent Film), Filth and Le Week-end, but with three awards in total, Sean Ellis’ Metro Manila was by far the most successful. The film won for Best Achievement in Production, Best Director and the top honor of the night, Best British Independent Film.Click here to check out the full review of Metro Manila.
Julie Walters won the prestigious Richard Harris Award.
In the acting categories, Julie Walters took home the Richard Harris award, which honors outstanding contributions by an actor to British cinema. James McAvoy was named Best Actor for his role in Filth, while Lindsay Duncan picked up the Best Actress award for Le Week-End. While accepting her award, the actress remembered to pay tribute to her co-star, Jim Broadbent, saying, via The Telegraph: "You can't play half a couple who've been married for 30 years without someone pretty special, and that is the legendary and wonderful Jim Broadbent."
McAvoy had a funnier take on his own win, accepting the award by saying: "It's like Scotland's won the World Cup".
The ceremony was hosted by James Nesbitt, returning to host the awards for the eighth time.
Comedian and BIFA veteran James Nesbitt returned to host the ceremony for the eighth time.