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The British Independent Film Awards Celebration

07 December 2009

Science fiction thriller Moon has been named best British independent film and its director, Duncan Jones, has won an award for best debut.

The British Independent Film Awards, which celebrate independently funded movies, also honoured screen veterans Daniel Day-Lewis and Sir Michael Caine.

At the ceremony held in London, best actress award went to Carey Mulligan in the coming-of-age drama, An Education.

And Tom Hardy was named best actor for his role in the biopic Bronson.

He was up against Sam Rockwell, Andy Serkis and Peter Capaldi.

Emily Blunt, Sophie Okonedo and Katie Jarvis were nominated for the best actress award.

Essex drama Fish Tank was nominated for eight awards and took home two - Andrea Arnold won best director and Katie Jarvis clinched the award for most promising newcomer.

Duncan Jones, the son of music legend David Bowie, won the Douglas Hickox award for best debut director for Moon - a moving account of space worker Sam Bell's lonely stint on a lunar base.

Sir Michael took the Variety Award while the Richard Harris Award for Outstanding Contribution to British Film went to Day-Lewis.

The awards, now in their 12th year, were hosted by actor James Nesbitt at the Brewery.

Anne-Marie Duff took best supporting actress award for Nowhere Boy, a chronicle of Beatle John Lennon's childhood.

And Looking for Eric's John Henshaw scooped best supporting actor for his role alongside French, former Manchester United footballer Eric Cantona.

Armando Iannucci's Westminster satire In The Loop took best screenplay.

This year's jury included The Wire star Idris Elba, Irish actor Liam Cunningham and Brick Lane director Sarah Gavron.

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