Colin Farrell's The Lobster leads the nominations at the 2015 British Independent Film Awards.

The quirky comedy-drama from director Yorgos Lanthimos has picked up seven nominations including Best Actor for Farrell, Best British Independent Film, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor for Ben Whishaw and Best Supporting Actress for Olivia Colman.

It will compete against Ex Machina, Macbeth, 45 Years and the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy in the Best Film category. Lenny Abrahamson’s, Room is nominated for Best International Independent Film

The Lobster's Irish producer Ed Guiney said “'We are so thrilled that The Lobster has been recognised by the BIFAs with 7 nominations. It’s a huge testament to Yorgos and our amazing cast and crew. We are also delighted that Room [also produced by Element Pictures] has been nominated as best international film.'

Irish movie Brooklyn picked up five nominations just one short of the second most nominated movies Macbeth and 45 Years with six nominations each - although there will be some disappointment that it didn't get a nod for Best Movie.

Farrell will go head to head with fellow Irish actor Michael Fassbender (Macbeth) along with Tom Hardy (Legend), Tom Hiddleston (High-Rise) and Tom Courtenay (45 Years) for the Best Actor gong.

Michael Fassbender is nominated for his performance in Macbeth

Saoirse Ronan has been nominated in the Best Actress category for her performance in Brooklyn alongside Marion Cotillard (Macbeth), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years).

There was also great news for Brendan and Domhnall Gleeson. Some friendly family-rivalry may in order after father and son were both nominated for Best Supporting Actor for Suffragette and Brooklyn.

Domhnall Gleeson and Saoirse Ronan both nominated for Brooklyn

There was also good news for Dublin-born director Lenny Abrahamson's (What Richard Did, Frank) latest film Room, which was nominated for Best International Independent Film alongside Carol, Girlhood, Son Of Saul and Force Majeure.

The British Independent Film Awards ceremony will take place on December 6.