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'The Revenant' And 'Mad Max' Steamroll Last Night's BAFTAs (Plus Hilariously Awkward Kiss-Cam)

By Petr Knava | Trade News | February 15, 2016 | Comments ()

By Petr Knava | Trade News | February 15, 2016 |


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For those of us who care about that sort of thing, last night was the night of the annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards.

The BAFTAs are the last hurdle of industry back-slapping before the Overlong Speech, Corny And Really-white awards arrive on the 28th February, and some of the wins last night will most likely be reflected then.

Firstly, let’s get the winners from last night out of the way:

Best Film
The Revenant
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Spotlight

No surprises there. The Revenant’s momentum is huge, and awards committees cannot get enough of a man pretending to be cold and in pain by actually being cold and in pain.

Best Director
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - The Revenant
Adam McKay - The Big Short
Steven Spielberg - Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes - Carol
Ridley Scott - The Martian

Who would’ve thought we’d see the day when Adam ‘Anchorman’ McKay would be in the running for BAFTA and Oscar Best Director awards? Tends to have a similar effect on the brain to the phrase ‘two time Academy Award nominee, Jonah Hill’. Which is in itself only marginally more surprising than the still extant ‘non-white people entry max number’ sign above the door outside both ceremonies.

Best Cinematography
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
Carol
Mad Max: Fury Road
Sicario

Emmanuel Lubezki swipes one again from possibly the greatest living cinematographer.


Best Actress in a Leading Role

Brie Larson - Room
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Maggie Smith - The Lady in the Van
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

Sacha Baron Cohen walked on stage for this, announcing that he was presenting the ‘leading white actress award’. Quite a stacked category too.

Best Actor in a Leading Role
Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
Matt Damon - The Martian
Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs

That Oscars shelf in the DiCaprio household is now getting a furious and thorough wipe down.

Also, did Trumbo really happen? I’m still not convinced.

Best Supporting Actress
Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
Julie Walters - Brooklyn
Rooney Mara - Carol

Winslet’s third BAFTA win was accompanied by her words:

When I was younger, when I was 14, I was told by a drama teacher that I might do okay if I was happy to settle for the fat girl parts.

So what I always feel in these moments is that any young woman who has ever been put down by a teacher, by a friend, by even a parent, just don’t listen to any of it, because that’s what I did - I kept on going and I overcame my fears and got over my insecurities.

I haven’t seen Steve Jobs yet, but damn was my heart pulling for Vikander in Ex Machina.

Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance - Bridge of Spies
Benicio del Toro - Sicario
Christian Bale - The Big Short
Idris Elba - Beasts of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo - Spotlight

That is one strong, Serious Actors line up.

Best Original Screenplay
Spotlight
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out

No surprises.

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short
Brooklyn
Carol
Room
Steve Jobs

Again, that, to me, seemed like a lock.

Best Editing
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
The Martian
The Revenant

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Best Sound
The Revenant
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Documentary
Amy
Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen to Me Marlon
Sherpa

Best Production Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Bridge of Spies
Carol
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Film not in the English Language
Wild Tales
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Theeb
Timbuktu

Best Costume Design
Mad Max: Fury Road
Brooklyn
Carol
Cinderella
The Danish Girl

Best Special Visual Effects
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Ant-Man
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian

Best Original Music
The Hateful Eight
Bridge of Spies
The Revenant
Sicario
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

87-year-old Ennio Morricone bags another one.

Best Animated Film
Inside Out
Minions
Shaun the Sheep the Movie

Outstanding British Film
Brooklyn
45 Years
Amy
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

EE Rising Star (voted for by the public)
John Boyega
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
Taron Egerton

(You can see the full list here, but at a glance that’s 5 for The Revenant, 4 for Mad Max, and none for Carol, which came as a genuine surprise.)

The awards weren’t the only notable part of the ceremony, however.

They may in fact have been overshadowed by the existence of the BAFTA Kiss Cam.

Yes, because it was Valentine’s Day, and some canny producer apparently once liked the look of a baseball game, the ceremony last night included a roving camera that highlighted celebrity pairs and dictated that they Kiss Now.

Bryan Cranston and Julianne Moore; Eddie Izzard and Rebel Wilson; and Maggie Smith and Leo were all randomly chosen pairs; but best of all were actual real-life couple Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender, who just flat out refused to lock lips. The segment was actually dropped from the BBC One broadcast, but I’m sure enterprising readers can find evidence.

As an aside, the header picture has very little to do with anything but it is the best photo from the whole night so it deserves the spot.


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