Tinker Tailor, Shame and Tyrannosaur lead Bifa nods

Gary Oldman in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Gary Oldman has been nominated for best actor for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

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Three films including Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy have tied for the most nods at this year's British Independent Film Awards (Bifa).

Shame and Tyrannosaur join the spy thriller with seven nominations each.

The releases will compete against each other in the best British film, director, actor and supporting actor or actress categories.

We Need to Talk About Kevin and Kill List garnered six nominations each.

Nominations for best actor include Brendan Gleeson for The Guard, Michael Fassbender for Shame, Gary Oldman for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Peter Mullan for Tyrannosaur and Neil Maskell for Kill List.

Rebecca Hall (The Awakening) will compete with Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre), MyAnna Buring (Kill List), Olivia Colman (Tyrannosaur) and Tilda Swinton (We Need to Talk About Kevin) for the best actress award.

The best supporting actor and actress shortlists include Vanessa Redgrave, Carey Mulligan, Kathy Burke, Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Wim Wenders 3D dance film Pina, about the late choreographer Pina Bausch, is nominated in the foreign independent film category, along with Animal Kingdom, Drive, A Separation and The Skin I Live In.

Special prizes, including the Richard Harris Award recognising an actor's outstanding contribution to British film, will be announced at a later date.

Other awards, including prizes for best screenplay, documentary, British short and promising newcomer, will be handed out at a London ceremony on 4 December.

Winners will be decided by a jury of professionals from the British film industry including broadcaster Edith Bowman, actor David Thewlis and Screen Daily editor Mike Goodridge.

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