Golden Globe nominations and BIFA wins for Film 4-backed movies

Picture: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Two Film4 backed films received further awards attention this weekend, with Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri nominated for six Golden Globes, and first time writer/director Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch winning three BIFAs.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri received six Golden Globe nominations: Best Motion Picture, Drama, Martin McDonagh picked up nominations for Best Director – Motion Picture and Best Screenplay – Motion Picture, Frances McDormand is nominated for Best Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama, Sam Rockwell is nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and Carter Burwell is nominated for Best Original Score – Motion Picture.

Last night I Am Not a Witch won three British Independent Film Awards: Rungano Nyoni took home both Best Director and the Douglas Hickox Award for Debut Director, while Emily Morgan won the award for Breakthrough Producer.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri earlier won two craft awards from the BIFAs, announced two weeks ago: Jon Gregory won Best Editing and Carter Burwell won Best Music (sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group).

Director of Film4 Daniel Battsek commented: “Congratulations to Martin, Graham Broadbent and the whole Three Billboards team on their Golden Globe nominations. Congratulations also to Rungano and Emily on their BIFA wins. Everyone at Film4 is thrilled to see I Am Not a Witch receiving acclaim in such a strong year for British independent film.”

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been steadily accruing awards and nominations since bowing at the Venice Film Festival in September, where it won the Best Screenplay prize. It went on to win the Toronto Film Festival’s Grolsch People’s Choice Award, following in the footsteps of previous Film4 backed winners Room (2015), 12 Years a Slave (2013) and Slumdog Millionaire (2008). The film won further audience awards at film festivals in San Sebastián, Denver and Leeds, as well as at Camerimage, is one of the AFI Movies of the Year, has six Critics Choice Awards nominations, three Independent Spirit Awards nominations, and has so far received awards or nominations from critics groups in Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit and Washington. The film just crossed $18 million at the US box office after its fifth weekend on release through Fox Searchlight, and opens in the UK on 12th January, 2018.

I Am Not a Witch from first time writer/director Rungano Nyoni world premiered in Directors’ Fortnight at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival and was selected as the Closing Night Gala of the Toronto Film Festival’s Discovery section. The film is nominated for Best International Film at the Independent Spirit Awards and has won awards at festivals in Adelaide, Mumbai, Stockholm and at the Africa International Film Festival.

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Film4 is Channel 4 Television’s feature film division. Film4 develops and co-finances films and is known for working with the most distinctive and innovative talent in UK and international filmmaking, both new and established.

Film4 has developed and co-financed many of the most successful UK films of recent years, Academy Award®-winners such as Lenny Abrahamson’s Room, Alex Garland’s Ex Machina, Asif Kapadia’s box office record breaking documentary Amy, Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaireand Phyllida Lloyd’s The Iron Lady, in addition to critically-acclaimed award-winners such as Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Lobster, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, Chris Morris’s Four Lions, Shane Meadows’ This is England, Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years and David Mackenzie’s Starred Up.

Film4’s recent releases include Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Rungano Nyoni’s I Am Not a Witch, Danny Boyle’s T2 Trainspotting, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire, Todd Haynes’ Carol and Sarah Gavron’s Suffragette. Forthcoming releases include festival award winners Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here and Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, as well as Clio Barnard’s Dark River, Sebastián Lelio’s Disobedience, John Cameron Mitchell’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties, Michael Pearce’s Beast, Paddy Considine’s Journeymanand Toby MacDonald’s Old Boys. Films in production include Lenny Abrahamson’s The Little Stranger, Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, Bart Layton’s American Animals, Tinge Krishnan’s Been So Long, Iain Morris’s The Festival, Mike Leigh’s Peterloo, Steve McQueen’s Widows, Stephen Merchant’s Fighting With My Family, Garth Davis’s Mary Magdalene, Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War, Tom Harper’s Country Music, Jim Hosking’s An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn and Asif Kapadia’s Maradona.

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December 12, 2017 8:44am ET by Channel 4  

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