The Death of Stalin wins 3 BIFA prizes

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 24 November 2017
Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci

'The Death of Stalin' and 'Lady Macbeth' were the big winner in the newly-created craft categories at the British Independent Film Awards ahead of the main ceremony

'The Death of Stalin' has won three British Independent Film Awards.

The Armando Iannucci-directed comedy-drama movie picked up a hat-trick of accolades in some of the nine newly-created craft categories ahead of the main ceremony in London on December 10, including the Best Casting accolade for the movie's Sarah Crowe.

Nicole Stafford and Cristina Casali won Best Make Up & Hair Design and Best Production Design respectively for their roles in the film, which stars Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko and Michael Palin.

'Lady Macbeth' picked up two gongs for Best Cinematography and Best Costume Design for Ari Wegner and Holly Waddington.

Jon Gregory was awarded with the Best Editing prize for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' and his colleague Carter Burwell took home the Best Music accolade for the movie.

The Best Effects award was won by Nick Allder and Ben White for 'The Ritual' and Anna Bertmark was handed Best Sound for 'God's Own Country'.

After winning two of the craft accolades, 'Lady Macbeth' could also do well at next month's main ceremony - which will be hosted by 'Sherlock' star and co-creator Mark Gatiss - after the motion picture topped the list of nominations with 15.

The plot of the movie - which stars Florence Pugh and Cosmo Jarvis - follows a woman in 1865 who is trapped in a loveless marriage to a much older man and begins a passionate affair with a man her own age.

The British Independent Film Awards 2017 Craft winners:

Best Casting

SARAH CROWE for The Death of Stalin

Best Cinematography sponsored by Blackmagic Design

ARI WEGNER for Lady Macbeth

Best Costume Design


Best Editing

JON GREGORY for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Effects

NICK ALLDER and BEN WHITE for The Ritual

Best Make Up & Hair Design

NICOLE STAFFORD for The Death of Stalin

Best Music sponsored by Universal Music Publishing Group

CARTER BURWELL for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Production Design

CRISTINA CASALI for The Death of Stalin

Best Sound

ANNA BERTMARK for God's Own Country

The Death of Stalin

  • 5 stars
  • 2017
  • UK / France
  • 1h 47min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Armando Iannucci
  • Cast: Jeffrey Tambor, Steve Buscemi, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Andrea Riseborough, Rupert Friend
  • UK release: 20 October 2017

When Joseph Stalin abruptly dies in 1953, his subordinates immediately start jockeying for the position of his replacement. The political backstabbing makes for maximum black comedy and exuberant farce, and the deft interplay of a gifted cast makes the whole film a consistent joy.

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