Michael Fassbender and Vanessa Redgrave were among the big winners at the British Independent Film Awards in London on Sunday night (04Dec11).
Fassbender took home the Best Actor prize for his role in Shame, while Redgrave was named Best Supporting Actress for Coriolanus at the ceremony, which honours the best in U.K. independent film.
The actor called his win "surreal and humbling," and Redgrave was full of praise for her Coriolanus director, Ralph Fiennes, who was honoured with the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film.
Redgrave tells the Bbc, "Actors like myself who've admired Ralph's work - both in film and theatre - found we were working with somebody we not only admired, but also had great trust in."
The top award of the night went to dark drama Tyrannosaur, which was named Best British Independent Film, while the movie's director Paddy Considine and star Olivia Colman also landed awards.
Colin Firth and Gary Oldman's hit spy drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy garnered seven nominations, but only won one prize, taking the honour for Best Technical Achievement.
Lynne Ramsay was named Best Director for her adaptation of Lionel Shriver's novel We Need to Talk About Kevin, and Kenneth Branagh was honoured with the Variety Award for his contribution to the U.K. film industry.