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Wins for Brendan Gleeson, Andrew Scott and Stephen Rennicks at the 17th BIFA Awards
08 Dec 2014 : Seán Brosnan
Actors Brendan Gleeson and Andrew Scott – and composer Stephen Rennicks – were the big Irish winners at the 17th annual Moët British Independent Film Awards on Sunday, December 7th.

Brendan Gleeson won Best Actor for his portrayal of Father James Lavelle in Irish drama ‘Calvary’, a role that has already seen him land an IFTA award earlier this year and a European Film award nomination, which will be held in Riga on December 13th. ‘Calvary’ was nominated for three other awards on the night, including Best Screenplay and Best Director (both John Michael McDonagh) and Best Film.

Producer James Flynn of Octagon Films said of Gleeson's success: 'We are delighted for Brendan on his well deserved win. His intense, passionate yet understated performance captured perfectly the spirit of 'Calvary'.'

Andrew Scott continued a good week that saw him announced as a cast member in the upcoming James Bond film ‘Spectre’ by landing the award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in British historical drama ‘Pride’, with the film itself being the big winner on the night landing three awards overall including Best Film. ‘Pride’ is based on a true story and depicts a group of lesbian and gay activists who raised money to help families affected by the British miners' strike in 1984, at the outset of what would become the Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners campaign.

Composer Stephen Rennicks won the Best Technical Achievement award for his musical contributions to the Irish drama ‘Frank’. The Best Technical Achievement category also included Irish DOP Robbie Ryan, nominated for his work on ‘Catch Me Daddy’.

‘Frank’ also picked up the award for Best Screenplay for British screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan while the film was nominated for three other awards on the night including Best Director for Lenny Abrahamson, Best Supporting Actor for Michael Fassbender and Best Supporting Actress for Maggie Gyllenhaal.

Speaking on the wins, Producer Ed Guiney of Element Pictures commented: 'I’m so pleased for everyone involved in 'Frank', it was such a great project to work on and we’re honored to get such recognition from the BIFA’S.'

In other Irish news, Yann Demange won the award for Best Director for his work on the Belfast-set thriller ‘71’, which stars Jack O’ Connell, Charlie Murphy and David Wilmot. Long time Irish resident Director John Boorman was handed the Special Jury Prize commemorating a lifetime of wonderful contributions to filmmaking while the Richard Harris Award (named after late Irish actor Richard Harris) was given to Oscar winning actress Emma Thompson for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film.

See the full list of winners here.

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