King's Speech leads UK indie film award nominations

Mon Nov 1, 2010 12:30pm EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - "The King's Speech," starring Colin Firth as King George VI struggling to overcome a debilitating stammer, leads the field at the British Independent Film Awards this year with eight nominations.

The movie, also been tipped to feature prominently in the race for cinema's top prizes the Oscars, has been shortlisted for best British independent film, best director (Tom Hooper), best actor (Firth), best supporting actor (Geoffrey Rush and Guy Pearce) and best supporting actress (Helena Bonham Carter).

Alien-themed "Monsters" is one of three films with six nominations each, including four for first-time feature director Gareth Edwards -- best British independent film, best director, best debut director and best technical achievement.

Joining it with six nominations are "Never Let Me Go," based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, and "The Arbor," a portrayal of the late British playwright Andrea Dunbar.

"Four Lions," an edgy comedy about a group of young Muslims preparing to blow themselves up at the London marathon, was shortlisted five times while "Another Year," "Made in Dagenham" and "Brighton Rock" all received four nominations apiece.

Winners of the awards, sponsored by Moet & Chandon champagne, will be announced on December 5.

Following are the nominees in the main categories.

Best British independent film - Four Lions; Kick-Ass; The King's Speech; Monsters; Never Let Me Go

Best director - Mike Leigh/Another Year; Matthew Vaughn/Kick-Ass; Tom Hooper/The King's Speech; Gareth Edwards/Monsters; Mark Romanek/Never Let Me Go   Continued...

<p>Actors Geoffrey Rush (L), Helena Bonham Carter (C) and Colin Firth pose on the red carpet before the European Premiere of "The King's Speech" in Leicester Square, in London October 21, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>