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  1. Awards celebrate British films made for less than £20m
  2. Pride wins three awards including best film
  3. Brendan Gleeson wins best actor for Calvary, Gugu Mbatha-Raw wins best actress for Belle
  4. Emma Thompson receives Richard Harris Award for outstanding contribution to film

Live Reporting

By Genevieve Hassan and Victoria Lindrea

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight and goodbye

That's it. All the awards have been dished out and the stars are partying away at the after-show party.

You can see the full winners list

here and read our round-up of the ceremony

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From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Backstage, Emma Thompson was in a playful mood. Asked about watching the clips from her career, she quipped: "The were some pieces I didn't even know what films they were from - I'm 55 years old!"

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"From the list of Bifa winners, it's clear there's a thriving film industry in this country. Hurrah for that."

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John Gammage


"Brendan Gleeson's a definite worthy winner of @BIFA_film best actor 2014 for role in @CalvaryFilm. Absolute must see."

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"All in all, I'm pleased with the BIFA winners. Quite eager to actually watch Pride/Cavalry now."

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Brendan Gleeson expanded on what he mentioned in his acceptance speech.

"Independent film allows subjects to be approached that are not massive crowd pullers. Fantastic films are made in the independent circuit," he said.

"It's whether people want to pay for something that's going to challenge them."

On his film Calvary, he said: "I said please don't sell it as a comedy. I have no problem saying it's funny."

Brendan Gleeson
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The end

With the final award handed out, Simon Bird closed the ceremony saying: "To the winners, congratulations - to the losers: make better films

"The [films] you turned out this year wasn't [sic] up to scratch."

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Best actress winner Gugu Mbatha-Raw called Belle "a quintessentially English film, but with a unique perspective".

Positive legacy

Pride's director Matthew Warchus said: "I love the story we managed to tell - it was a privilege to be part of something and shine a light on its legacy."

Writer Stephen Beresford added that the gay rights campaigners featured in Pride "paved the way for many of the civil rights many LGBT people enjoy today".

He said the film had one "simple and compelling message: unite".

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Best director winner Yann Demange said he'd "had moving messages" about '71 since it went into cinemas.

"It only showed in Northern Ireland six weeks ago. I was meeting people who'd seen it a second time.

"It was a humbling experience - there were people coming with clippings about themselves in riots in '71. They seem to have embraced it."

Thompson's 'instrument of terror'

Accepting the Richard Harris award which she likened to "an instrument of terror", Emma Thompson said: "I am a bit bewildered because I don't know who to thank. I could thank everyone I've ever worked with but it would be pointless as many of them are dead.

"I met Richard Harris once at a dinner given by Russell Crowe. We sat and talked and realised we shared a life-long commitment and devotion to alcohol in all its forms."

The actress said how "lucky" she felt to have had the career she has had.

Joking about being given the award by a body honouring independent film, she confessed: "I have taken small roles in big studio films for money, and I am sorry."

Best British independent film:


Still from Pride

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"Congratulations to NFTS graduate Yann Demange who has just won the BIFA for Best Director for film '71."

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Tim Robey


"These are fairly rock-solid Bifa choices going on. They've finally pulled well clear of the KING'S SPEECH fiasco. Hope they don't spoil it!"

Richard Harris award for outstanding contribution by an actor to British film:

Emma Thompson

Artistic risk

Brendan Gleeson said he was surprised to win the best actor award, which saw him beat the likes of Timothy Spall and Benedict Cumberbatch: "I'm knocked for six," he said.

He praised independent film-making, saying big budget films sometimes made it "impossible to risk artistically what is required commercially".

On the podium

Simon Bird hosting the event in a sea of champagne and cameras.

Simon Bird at the Bifas
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Best actor:

Brendan Gleeson - Calvary

Unexpected surprise

On stage, best director winner Yann Demange thanked his cast members, adding: "I wasn't expecting this."

Richard Linklater accepting his award on stage

Richard Linklater
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Best director:

Yann Demange - '71

Gugu's delight

Accepting her award, Gugu Mbatha-Raw said it was "an honour and a privilege to be included with the other nominees."

She thanked her fellow cast members and her parents for their "unwavering support".

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From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Andrew Scott, who won best supporting actor for Pride, said the real people who the film is about "said that it was their fear that this story would go to their graves".

"Everything in Pride is true. The fact that the story is out there is just a bonus. People across the country are clapping at the end of this film."

Quizzed on his recently announced role in next year's James Bond film, Scott said he was used to keeping plot lines under wraps after working on Sherlock.

"I'm quite used to keeping secrets - you just learn to nod and smile. I'd think it would be so weird to start giving the plot away," he said.

Best actress:

Gugu Mbatha-Raw - Belle

Glitterati gathering

Guest enjoyed a sit-down dinner during the ceremony, so even those who went home empty-handed went home with a full stomach!

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Best achievement in production:

The Goob

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Producers of best documentary winner, Next Goal Wins, told me: "It's been a word-of-mouth hit. It's an extraordinary story.

"We've had people contact us from Peru and Indonesia about the film.

"In Japan, people turned up to screenings in football kits. There are people around the world who genuinely want to buy American Samoan football kits."

Best screenplay:

Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan - Frank

Best debut director:

Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard - 20,000 Days on Earth

"I love my job"

Arriving on stage to accept his award after a montage of his work played on screen, Benedict Cumberbatch said: "It's a strange experience to have your career flash before your eyes. I've never been more nervous in my life.

He thanked his fiancee, Sophie, his family, and the many different members in any given film crew who are part of the British independent film industry and make it "a world leader".

"This award will inspire me to work harder, to make me feel like I deserve it - which won't be difficult because I love my job," he added.

Benedict Cumberbatch with Keira Knightley and Mark Strong
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Variety award:

Benedict Cumberbatch

Clare Haddad


"What does Michael Fassbender have to do to get recognition? Come on."

"A total joy"

Staunton was not at the ceremony, but Pride director Matthew Warchus accepted the award on her behalf.

He described her as "a total joy", adding it was "brilliant that she's won". Warchus said the actress was "gold and shimmering, right at the heart" of the film.

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"Best documentary: Next Goal Wins #mbifas - "def worth coming out of hibernation to shout about. huge fat well dones!"

Best supporting actress:

Imelda Staunton - Pride

Imelda Staunton in Pride

Best British short:

The Karman Line

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Director Richard Linklater said Boyhood took 12 years to film.

"We think we're the longest scheduled film production in history," he said.

On early Oscars buzz, he added: "We came out early, so it's flattering that people are still talking about us months later.

"I don't know any film-makers who make films to win awards. But it's not a burden."

From the winners' room

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Best technical achievement winner, Stephen Rennicks, was writing songs as Frank was being shot.

"There were times that were fun, but most of it was terror," he joked.

Best supporting actor:

Andrew Scott

Andrew Scott
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On the promotion trail

Boorman was not at the ceremony, but his son, Charlie, accepted the award on his behalf.

Charlie called it "a fantastic excuse" that his father, who turns 82 this month, could not attend because he was away "promoting his latest film".

He read out a speech from his father. In it, John Boorman said: "Anything achieved through independent film-making means one has sweated blood to make it."