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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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Matt Damon is reteaming with his ‘Ford v Ferrari’ director James Mangold for ‘The Force’

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Nearly 14 years after starring in Martin Scorsese‘s brilliant Infernal Affairs remake The Departed, Matt Damon is set to head back into crooked cop movie territory with his Ford v Ferrari director James Mangold.

According to Deadline, Damon is attached to play the lead role of Denny Malone in Mangold’s adaptation of Don Winslow’s 2017 best-selling novel The Force, which is a pretty damn good read if you haven’t gotten around to it yet.

In the book, Malone — a highly decorated NYPD detective sergeant — is the dirtiest of dirty cops, having stolen millions of dollars worth of cash and narcotics in the wake of one of the biggest heroin busts in the history of New York City.

Little does Malone know, though, that the feds are hot on his tail “and he must walk the thin line between betraying his brothers and partners, the job, his family and the woman he loves, trying to survive, body and soul, while the city teeters on the brink of a racial conflagration that could destroy them all,” as the book’s official synopsis puts it.

David Mamet wrote and turned in the first draft of the script for The Force in 2017, but Mangold is currently in the middle of a rewrite with his Logan collaborator Scott Frank, so I suppose we’ll see how that turns out.

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Production begins on Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Nightmare Alley’ starring Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett

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Production is officially underway on Guillermo del Toro’s star-studded new project Nightmare Alley, which features one hell of an ensemble cast that includes the likes of Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett in the leading roles.

An adaptation of William Lindsay Gresham’s novel of the same name, Nightmare Alley follows Stanton “Stan” Carlisle (Cooper), a young and ambitious con man who teams up with a female psychiatrist (Blanchett) for a mentalist act, only to realize that she’s even more corrupt than he is.

Rooney Mara, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, and Mark Povinelli round out the film’s cast, with del Toro alumni such as Ron Perlman and Richard Jenkins also said to be in talks to join.

Leonardo DiCaprio was initially supposed to play Cooper’s role but was forced to bow out earlier this year as production on Nightmare Alley would’ve conflicted with that of Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon, which stars DiCaprio alongside Robert De Niro and is expected to begin shooting in the spring.

No word yet on when Searchlight Pictures plans on releasing Nightmare Alley, but stay tuned for more info on that.

Excited to start shooting today on our new adventure NIGHTMARE ALLEY with @RealGDT and many of our regular gang. pic.twitter.com/lzPHhXpppI

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Phoenix: Warner Bros. invites you to an advance screening of Cathy Yan’s ‘Birds of Prey’

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Warner Bros. will release Birds of Prey on February 7 and it’s giving Silver Screen Beat readers in Phoenix a chance to attend an advance screening of the film before it officially opens in theaters.

Our readers in Phoenix can click on this link right now to enter to free passes — good for you and one guest — to attend an advance screening of Birds of Prey happening at Harkins Arizona Mills IMAX on Wednesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Winners for this contest will be selected and notified on Monday, February 3 via email. Good luck! Below is the official trailer for Birds of Prey as well as some additional details about the film.

Directed by: Cathy Yan

Cast: Margot Robbie, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Rosie Perez, and Ewan McGregor

Opens: Friday, February 7

Rating: R for strong violence and language throughout, and some sexual and drug material

Synopsis: Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) is a twisted tale told by Harley herself, as only Harley can tell it. When Gotham’s most nefariously narcissistic villain, Roman Sionis, and his zealous right-hand, Zsasz, put a target on a young girl named Cass, the city is turned upside down looking for her. Harley, Huntress, Black Canary, and Renee Montoya’s paths collide, and the unlikely foursome have no choice but to team up to take Roman down.

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