Tom Hardy, Saoirse Ronan and Chiwetel Ejiofor win big at the British Independent film awards

Olivia Colman and Kate Winslet also cleaned up at the ceremony

As the cold begins to bite and the days get darker, actors, directors and filmmakers excitedly count the sleeps until they can get their hands on a shiny new present – because awards season is coming to town.


And while we’ve still got a while to wait before the Baftas, Golden Globes and Oscars, some of the first gongs have already been handed out at the 2015 Moët British Independent film awards, which took place on Sunday night in London. 

Leading the awards was robotics drama Ex Machina, which won four gongs including Best Director, Best Independent Film and Best screenplay.

Tom Hardy was honoured in the acting category for his dual role as both Kray twins in Legend while Saoirse Ronan picked up the best actress award for her part in Irish immigration drama Brooklyn. Olivia Colman and Brendan Gleeson (beating his son Domnhall in the nominations) took home supporting actor BIFAs for The Lobster and Suffragette, respectively.

Saoirse Ronan picks up her award for Brooklyn

Special awards were also given to Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejiofor for “global impact” and “outstanding contribution to British film”.

You can see the full list of winners below, and remember – the race for the Oscars starts here. Or, you know, a few weeks ago when there were some other awards as well.

Best Actor

Tom Hardy (Legend)

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson (Suffragette)

Best Actress

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman (The Lobster)

Best Director

Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best Documentary

Dark Horse: The Incredible True Story of Dream Alliance

The Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director)

Stephen Fingleton (The Survivalist)

Best Screenplay

Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

Best British Independent film

Ex Machina

Most Promising Newcomer

Abigail Hardingham (Nina Forever)

Producer of the Year

Kajaki: The True Story

Outstanding Achievement in Craft

Andrew Whitehurst (Ex Machina)

The Discovery Award

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Best British Short


Best International Independent Film


The Variety Award

Kate Winslet

The Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Actor to British Film

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Special Jury Prize


Chris Collins