The British Independent Film Awards are relatively young, having first been handed out in 1998, and this year's big winner was the youth-minded Control, the biopic of Joy Division lead singer Ian Curtis. At the awards ceremony Wednesday night in London, Control took five prizes, including the top honor: Best British Independent Film.

Control's other prizes were for best director (Anton Corbijn), best debut director, best supporting actor or actress (Toby Kebbell), and most promising newcomer -- the film's star, Sam Riley.

No British awards ceremony would be complete without a prize for Judi Dench, and she was named best actress for Notes on a Scandal, a British indie that was released in the U.S. in 2006 but not until February 2007 in the U.K. That film won for its screenwriter, Patrick Marber, too.

Viggo Moretensen won best actor for his naked-fighting skills in Eastern Promises (or Balls of Fury, as I'm calling it). Best documentary was Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten, and best foreign (i.e., not British) indie film was Germany's The Lives of Others.

You can find the complete list of winners at the BIFA website.
categories Awards, Cinematical