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‘Lady Macbeth’ leads the 2017 British Independent Film Awards nominations with 15 nods

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Awards season is officially in full-swing and, with that, comes the nominations for the 2017 British Independent Film Awards, which were announced in London on Wednesday morning. Lady Macbeth topped the list of nominees with 15 nominations including nods for Florence Pugh, Naomi Ackie, and Cosmo Jarvis for their respective performances, while also making it into five of the technical categories including Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, and Best Casting.

“This year’s nominations showcase the range and quality of British independent filmmaking,” BIFA said in a statement. “It’s a diverse and varied list, in terms of the teams making the films and also the kinds of stories being told. It is especially encouraging to see so much exciting work from so many new filmmakers; this points to a very bright future for British cinema and we’re proud to be at the heart of it, celebrating these exceptional films.”

Other 2017 BIFA nominees include Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, The Florida Project, Get Out, The Square, The Death of Stalin, and God’s Own Country. You can check out the complete list of nominations below and be sure to check back here next month when the winners are announced on December 10.

Best British Independent Film
The Death Of Stalin
God’s Own Country
I Am Not A Witch
Lady Macbeth
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best International Independent Film
The Florida Project
Get Out
I Am Not Your Negro
Loveless
The Square

Best Director
Armando Iannucci, The Death Of Stalin
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch
William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth

Best Screenplay
Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth
Armando Iannucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, The Death Of Stalin
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Rungano Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch

Best Actress
Emily Beecham, Daphne
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Margaret Mulubwa, I Am Not A Witch
Florence Pugh, Lady Macbeth
Ruth Wilson, Dark River

Best Actor
Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
Paddy Considine, Journeyman
Johnny Harris, Jawbone
Josh O’Connor, God’s Own Country
Alec Secareanu, God’s Own Country

Best Supporting Actress
Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
Patricia Clarkson, The Party
Kelly MacDonald, Goodbye Christopher Robin
Andrea Riseborough, The Death Of Stalin
Julie Walters, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Supporting Actor
Simon Russell Beale, The Death Of Stalin
Steve Buscemi, The Death Of Stalin
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Ian Hart, God’s Own Country
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Most Promising Newcomer sponsored by The London Edition
Naomi Ackie, Lady Macbeth
Harry Gilby, Just Charlie
Cosmo Jarvis, Lady Macbeth
Harry Michell, Chubby Funny
Lily Newmark, Pin Cushion

The Douglas Hickox Award (Best Debut Director)
Deborah Haywood, Pin Cushion
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Thomas Napper, Jawbone
Rungani Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch
William Oldroyd, Lady Macbeth

Debut Screenwriter
Alice Birch, Lady Macbeth
Gaby Chiappe, Their Finest
Johnny Harris, Jawbone
Francis Lee, God’s Own Country
Rungani Nyoni, I Am Not A Witch

Breakthrough Producer
Gavin Humphries, Pin Cushion
Emily Morgan, I Am Not A Witch
Brendan Mullin, Katy Jackson, Bad Day For The Cut
Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Lady Macbeth
Jack Tarling, Manon Ardisson, God’s Own Country

The Discovery Award
Even When I Fall
Halfway
In Another Life
Isolani R
My Pure Land

Best Documentary
Almost Heaven
Half Way
Kingdom Of Us
Uncle Howard
Williams

Best British Short Film
1745
Fish Story
The Entertainer
Work
Wren Boys

Best Cinematography
Ben Davis, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
David Gallego, I Am Not A Witch
Tat Radcliffe, Jawbone
Thomas Riedelsheimer, Leaning Into the Wind
Ari Wegner, Lady Macbeth

Best Casting
Shaheen Baig, Lady Macbeth
Shaheen Baig, Layla Merrick-Wolf, God’s Own Country
Sarah Crowe, The Death Of Stalin
Sarah Halley Finn, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Debbie McWilliams, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Costume Design
Dinah Collin, My Cousin Rachel
Suzie Harman, The Death Of Stalin
Sandy Powell, How To Talk To Girls At Parties
Holly Rebecca, I Am Not A Witch
Holly Waddington, Lady Macbeth

Best Editing Johnny Burke, Williams
David Charap, Jawbone
Jon Gregory, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Peter Lambert, The Death Of Stalin
Joe Martin, Us And Them

Best Effects Nick Allder, Ben White, The Ritual
Luke Dodd, Journeyman
Effects team, The Death Of Stalin
Dan Martin, Double Date
Chris Reynolds, Their Finest

Best Make Up & Hair Design Julene Paton, I Am Not A Witch
Jan Sewell, Breathe
Nadia Stacey, Journeyman
Nicole Stafford, The Death Of Stalin
Sian Wilson, Lady Macbeth

Best Music
Carter Burwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Fred Frith, Leaning Into The Wind
Matt Kelly, I Am Not a Witch
Paul Weller, Jawbone
Christopher Willis, The Death Of Stalin

Best Production Design
Jacqueline Abrahams, Lady Macbeth
Cristina Casali, The Death Of Stalin
James Merifield, Final Portrait
Nathan Parker, I Am Not A Witch
Eve Stewart, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool

Best Sound
Anna Bertmark, God’s Own Country
Maiken Hansen, I Am Not A Witch
Andy Shelley, Steve Griffiths, Jawbone
Joakim Sundström, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Sound team, Breathe

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The ‘Uncharted’ movie is probably just one of those things that’s never actually going to get made

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Between Spider-Man parting ways with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and now this new development regarding the long-in-the-works film adaptation of Uncharted, it’s been a pretty eventful and rather unfortunate week for Tom Holland.

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Again, Trachtenberg was not the first, second, third, or fourth director to be attached to be Uncharted, but the FIFTH. David O. Russell, Neil Burger, Seth Gordon, and Shawn Levy were all attached to the project at one point or another but ended up leaving for various different reasons.

On the bright side (?), however, Sony is already looking to lock down a replacement for Trachtenberg and a new director should be in place soon in anticipation of the film’s early 2020 production start.

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Another day, another trailer for a movie starring Adam Driver; a few days after Netflix blessed us with two teasers trailers for Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Amazon Studios has released the first trailer Scott Z. Burns’ The Report.

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The film premiered at and was purchased out of the Sundance Film Festival in January and currently boasts a 94% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it sounds like we’re going to be in for quite a treat when The Report hits theaters on November 15 and Prime Video on November 29.

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As if those three stars weren’t enough, the film’s ensemble cast also includes the likes of John Lithgow (who plays Ailes), Allison Janney, Kate McKinnon, Malcolm McDowell, Mark Duplass, Rob Delaney, and Stephen Root.

I don’t know about you, but I dig everything about this trailer (I could literally watch Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron, and Margot Robbie glaring at each other in an elevator all day) and I’m actually pretty excited to see how Bombshell turns out when it drops in December.

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