Tannishtha Chatterjee's impressive performance as a young Bangladeshi immigrant in Sarah Gavron's critically acclaimed Brick Lane has earned the young actress a best actress nomination and Gavron a best director at the 10th edition of the British Independent Film Awards.
The film is based on Monica Ali's critically acclaimed 2003 novel where Chatterjee plays Ali's protagonist, Nazneen who is married off at the age of 17 to Chanu (Satish Kaushik).
Also in the running for best actress are Judi Dench (Notes on a Scandal), Anne Hathaway (Becoming Jane), Sophia Myles (Hallam Foe) and Kierston Wareing (It's a Free World...).
The nominations announced at London's Haymarket hotel include Anton Corbijn's biopic Control with 10 nominations, And When Did You Last See Your Father?, Hallam Foe and Eastern Promises.
The nominations were decided by a jury comprising actors Hayley Atwell, Archie Panjabi, Kathy Burke, Tony Curran, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Matthew Macfadyen; directors Annie Griffin, Menhaj Huda, Neil Marshall and Peter Webber; London Film Festival artistic director Sandra Hebron; producer Mark Herbert; cinematographer Brian Tufano; distributor Will Clarke; and musician Nitin Sawhney.
The awards ceremony will take place on November 28 at the Roundhouse in London.