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 Nominations for the 13th annual British Independent Film Awards have been announced and The King's Speech leads the pack with a total of eight nods.

The BBC reports that the Tom Hooper-directed film has been named in categories for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Actor for Colin Firth, whose portrayal of King George VI earned the film the People's Choice Award in Toronto in September. His co-star Helena Bonham Carter also grabbed a Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role as Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon.

Other major contenders include the psychological drama Never Let Me Go and the sci-fi thriller Monsters, each taking six nominations.

Momentum surrounding Clio Banhard's documentary, The Arbor, continues to build after the English filmmaker was hailed Best Newcomer at last week’s 54th annual London Film Festival. The 90-minute film, which explores the relationship of British playwright Andrea Dunbar and her daughter Lorraine, was recognized in six categories.

Winners will be announced in a ceremony hosted by James Nesbitt on December 5 in London.

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By MacKenzie Wilson