American Honey and I, Daniel Blake triumph at the British Independent Film Awards

American Honey

by James White |
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While our American cousins were busy announcing awards from big cities across in the country, far be it from us in the UK to be left behind. The British Independent Film Awards were handed out Sunday evening and the big winners were American Honey, I, Daniel Blake and Under The Shadow.

Andrea Arnold's latest, the story of a young woman who falls in with a group travelling across the States selling magazine subscriptions and partying, won the top film prize, Best Director for Arnold, Best Actress for star Sasha Lane, and a craft trophy for director of photographer Robbie Ryan. Ken Loach's I, Daniel Blake, which had scored seven nominations, won two – Best Actor for star Dave Johns, with fellow actor Hayley Squires taking Most Promising Newcomer.

Empire dark horse The Greasy Strangler wrangled the Discovery award and the States were also represented by Moonlight, which has been winning lots of awards.

For the full list of winners, see below...

Best British Independent Film: American Honey

Best Director: Andrea Arnold, American Honey

Best Actress: Sasha Lane, American Honey

Best Actor: Dave Johns, I, Daniel Blake

Best Supporting Actress: Avin Manshadi, Under The Shadow

Best Supporting Actor: Brett Goldstein, Adult Life Skills

Best Screenplay: Babak Anvari, Under The Shadow

Best Documentary: Notes On Blindness

Best International Independent Film: Moonlight

Douglas Hickox Award (Debut Director): Babak Anvari, Under The Shadow

Breakthrough Producer: Camille Gaitin, The Girl With All The Gifts

Discovery Award: The Greasy Strangler

Outstanding Achievement in Craft: Robbie Ryan, cinematography, American Honey

Best Short Film: Jacked

Most Promising Newcomer: Hayley Squires, I, Daniel Blake

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