There’s some good news for Judi Dench and the people who like to see her awarded for her acting, as the British Independent Film Awards really seem to like Philomena. There’s something about indie film awards that make them want to get out of the gate first, isn’t there? New York’s Gotham awards announced their nominated indies a couple weeks ago, and the Independent Spirit Awards will announce in a few weeks. Today, we get the slate for the British Independent Film Awards, which offer a mix of transatlantic hits with more under-the-radar far, and which give a decent sized boost to Oscar hopefuls like Philomena and Scarlett Johansson.

Philomena is the latest from director Stephen Frears, from a script by co-star Steve Coogan and starring Judi Dench in a performance that will likely receive a big push for a Best Actress nomination. She plays a woman searching for the child she gave up for adoption as a young girl, with Coogan as the reporter helping her. Both stars got nominations for their acting, and the film itself joins Metro Manila, The Selfish Giant, Starred Up, and Le Week-End as Best British Independent Film nominees.

Also nominated for Best Actress was Scarlett Johansson, for Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin, in which she plays an alien seeking human contact in Scotland. Talk about your awards-bait! While Under the Skin would certainly be a long-shot for Oscar attention, more nominations for Johansson mean more fuel for her eventual campaign for Spike Jonze’s Her, where she’s seeking to make history in Best Supporting Actress as the first voice-only performance to be nominated. She also nabbed a Gotham Awards nomination for her performance in Don Jon, and that kind of “What a Great Year!” momentum has worked for actors in the past.

In other good news, the British Indies provided the season’s first nomination for Frances Ha, Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig’s critically acclaimed indie that opened in the spring and proceeded to have every subsequent indie darling steal a bit more of its thunder. It’s nominated in the Best International Indie category, along with Blue Is the Warmest Color and Blue Jasmine.

Full list of British Independent Film Awards nominees:

BEST BRITISH INDEPENDENT FILM

Metro Manila
Philomena
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up
Le Week-End

BEST DIRECTOR
Jon S Baird – Filth
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Sean Ellis – Metro Manila
Jonathan Glazer – Under the Skin
David Mackenzie – Starred Up

BEST DOUGLAS HICKOX AWARD FOR DEBUT DIRECTOR
Charlie Cattrall – Titus
Tina Gharavi – I Am Nasrine
Jeremy Lovering – In Fear
Omid Nooshin – Last Passenger
Paul Wright – For Those in Peril

BEST SCREENPLAY
Jonathan Asser – Starred Up
Clio Barnard – The Selfish Giant
Steven Knight – Locke
Hanif Kureishi – Le Week-End
Jeff Pope, Steve Coogan – Philomena

BEST ACTRESS
Judi Dench – Philomena
Lindsay Duncan – Le Week-End
Scarlett Johansson – Under the Skin
Felicity Jones – The Invisible Woman
Saoirse Ronan – How I Live Now

BEST ACTOR
Jim Broadbent – Le Week-End
Steve Coogan – Philomena
Tom Hardy – Locke
Jack O’Connell – Starred Up
James McAvoy – Filth

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Siobhan Finneran – The Selfish Giant
Shirley Henderson – Filth
Imogen Poots – The Look Of Love
Kristin Scott Thomas – The Invisible Woman
Mia Wasikowska – The Double

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
John Arcilla – Metro Manila
Rupert Friend – Starred Up
Jeff Goldblum – Le Week-End
Eddie Marsan – Filth
Ben Mendelsohn – Starred Up

MOST PROMISING NEWCOMER
Harley Bird – How I Live Now
Conner Chapman / Shaun Thomas – The Selfish Giant
Caity Lotz – The Machine
Jake Macapagal – Metro Manila
Chloe Pirrie – Shell

BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION
A Field in England
Filth
Metro Manila
The Selfish Giant
Starred Up

BEST TECHNICAL ACHIEVEMENT
Shaheen Baig – Casting – Starred Up
Johnnie Burn – Sound Design – Under the Skin
Amy Hubbard – Casting – The Selfish Giant
Mica Levi – Music – Under the Skin
Justine Wright – Editing – Locke

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Pussy Riot – A Punk Prayer
The Great Hip Hop Hoax
The Moo Man
The Spirit of ’45
The Stone Roses: Made of Stone

BEST BRITISH SHORT
L’Assenza
Dr Easy
Dylan’s Room
Jonah
Z1

BEST INTERNATIONAL INDEPENDENT FILM
Blue is the Warmest Colour
Blue Jasmine
Frances Ha
The Great Beauty
Wadjda

THE RAINDANCE AWARD
Everyone’s Going to Die
The Machine
The Patrol
Sleeping Dogs
Titus