Benedict was not nominated for a BIFA for courier, so I assume that is a bad sign for any Oscar hopes?
I'm not sure about The Courier chances for the Oscar. It's a very different year in general and there is almost 0 pr around The Courier right now! We will have to wait and see. But this particular award is not considered an Oscar indicator at all! (Which to my eyes, means it's a very decent award! 😉). This one is about little British films. I doubt most of the nominees here will be even considered for the Oscar! Anthony Hopkins for the sure but most of them aren't exactly recognized names in the USA.
Yes, they are all from the same award. BC has a long history with them. He was nominated as best supporting actor for TTSS and as a Best Actor for TIG. He didn't win neither of them but he received an special award for promoting UK culture,