A host of stars have begun walking the red carpet at this year’s British Independent Film Awards.
Thriller ’71, set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, leads the field with nine nods including the coveted best British independent film prize.
Benedict Cumberbatch and Timothy Spall will go head-to-head for the best actor prize for their roles in The Imitation Game and Mr Turner respectively.
Keira Knightley, Imelda Staunton and Sally Hawkins are also up for awards.
The Inbetweeners star Simon Bird will host the ceremony, which celebrates British films made for less than £20m.
Pride, about an alliance between gay rights campaigners and pit workers during the 1984 miners’ strike, has seven nominations in total, including best film and best director for Matthew Warchus.
Actress Emma Thompson will be presented with the Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution to film at the London ceremony.
Cumberbatch will also receive the Variety award for helping “focus the international spotlight on the UK”.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment