Red carpet :Colin Farrell attends the Moet British Independent Film Awards
British celebrities came out in full force on Sunday night for the British Independent Film Awards.
Colin Farrell, Luke Evans, Douglas Booth, and Chiwetel Ejiofor stepped out looking suitably dapper.
Sci-fi hit of the year Ex Machina was the big winner at the 2015 Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday 6 December, walking away with four awards including for best picture. Alex Garland took two awards, best director and screenplay, and Andrew Whitehurst won outstanding visual effects for the film.
The Artificial Intelligence drama is screenwriter Garland’s first feature as a director and made around $37 million (£24.5m) at the box office since its release in January.
Tom Hardy and Saoirse Ronan took the best actor and actress accolades for their roles in Legend and Brooklyn respectively. Ronan in particular has been the subject of much awards buzz lately, focusing on her strong performance as an Irish immigrant in the Nick Hornby-written drama.
Ahead of the event, it was Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes favourite The Lobster that looked the most likely to pick up multiple awards but in the end it walked away with just the one; a best supporting actress award for Olivia Colman. Brendan Gleeson beat his own son Domhnall (who starred in both Ex Machina and Brooklyn ) in the best supporting category, for his performance in Suffragette.
Kate Winslet, currently starring in both The Dressmaker and Steve Jobs on the big screen, was awarded the Variety prize, which recognises anyone who has made a global impact and helped to focus the international spotlight on the UK each year. The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film was presented to Chiwetel Ejiofor.
The Special Jury Prize was presented to BFI executive Chris Collins, who died in late 2014. Director of the BFI Lottery Film Fund Ben Roberts said, “This is a really wonderful tribute to Chris. He is greatly missed, but his contribution to so many films and filmmakers continues to burn brightly. A heartfelt thanks to the BIFA jury.”
Speaking about the event itself, chairman of the BIFA Board, Laurence Green said, “As part of our mission to build the widest audience we can for British independent film, it is BIFA’s great honour to celebrate the cream of the crop once a year at the Moët British Independent Film Awards. This year’s winners speak volumes, not just for their excellence but also for the undimmed ambition and beautiful diversity of the stories they tell.”
Hosted by comic actor Richard Ayoade, the 18th BIFA ceremony was held at Old Billingsgate in London.
See all the best dressed stars below:
Irish actor Colin Farrell, who is nominated for Best Actor in The Lobster, looked smart in a black suit
Luke Evans (in a Tom Sweeney suit)
Chiwetel Ejiofor opted for a grey Thom Sweeney suit