Ex Machina cleans up at the British Independent Film Awards
Alex Garland's sci-fi film Ex-Machina scooped up no fewer than four awards at this year's British Independent Film Awards, in an award ceremony held at London's Old Billingsgate on Sunday evening. The film, which stars Dohmnall Gleeson alongside Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac, won Best British Independent Film, Best Director and Best Screenplay, as well as an Outstanding Achievement in Craft award for its visual effects, created by Andrew Whitehurst.
Garland's film, which tackles the subject of artificial intelligence, was expected to be in the shadow of Yorgos Lanthimos' surreal film The Lobster, an early favourite with nine nominations, including Best Actor for Colin Farrell and Best Supporting Actor for Ben Whishaw. However, it was Garland's film that took the lion's share of the big awards, with The Lobster picking up only one, a win in the Best Supporting Actress category for Olivia Colman. Best Actor went to Tom Hardy for his roles as both Kray twins in Brian Helgeland's biopic Legend.
Other winners included Brendan Gleeson - who picked up the Best Supporting Actor award fro his role in Sarah Gavron's Suffragette - and Saoirse Ronan, who took home the award for Best Actress for her role in John Crowley's drama Brooklyn.
Elsewhere there were also wins for Steven Fingleton (Debut Director – The Survivalist), Abigail Hardingham (Best Newcomer – Nina Forever) and Jeanie Finlay, who won the Discovery Award for her oddly compelling documentary Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.