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We’re in the awards equivalent of the eye of the storm right now: two Guild awards nomination announcements this week with a third to come, the Golden Globes on Sunday, and less than a week until we learn this year’s Oscar nominations. This morning brings another key announcement, with the reveal of the nominees for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards, or the BAFTAs.

The British equivalent of the Oscars, the BAFTAs have become an increasingly important precursor to the Academy in recent years, thanks to a large overlap in membership and a strong British contingent voting in the U.S. — the winner of Best Film has lined up with Best Picture six out of the last seven years, and the nominees often indicate strengths or weaknesses within the industry.

And more twists in an exceptionally twisty awards-season narrative have arrived, with "Carol" and "Bridge Of Spies" leading the nominations with nine, and "The Revenant" close behind with eight. All three movies were Best Film nominees, along with "The Big Short" and "Spotlight." Big players missing from the category? "The Martian" and "Mad Max: Fury Road," suggesting that when it came to the big prize, voters leant prestige-y rather than blockbuster-y (though that said, "Fury Road" got seven nominations in total, and "The Martian" received nods for Ridley Scott and Matt Damon.)

Home players "Brooklyn" and "The Danish Girl" did well as expected, but couldn't crack Best Film, only making Best British Film, as did "45 Years," which saw Charlotte Rampling miss out, surprisingly (Maggie Smith for "Lady In The Van" did make it, a BAFTA nod which likely won't be repeated by the Academy). Otherwise, few surprises here, but the strength of "Carol" and "Bridge Of Spies" is certainly interesting. Will it be repeated by the Academy? We'll find out next week. Find the complete list of nominees below. 

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

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

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

Best Actress
Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
Brie Larson - Room
Cate Blanchett - Carol
Maggie Smith - The Lady In The Van
Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn

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

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

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

Best Original Screenplay
Matt Charman, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Bridge Of Spies 
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino - The Hateful Eight
Pete Docter, Josh Cooley, Meg LeFauve - Inside Out
Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer - Spotlight

Best Adapted Screenplay
Adam McKay & Charles Randolph - The Big Short
Nick Hornby - Brooklyn
Phyllis Nagy - Carol
Emma Donoghue - Room
Aaron Sorkin - Steve Jobs

Rising Star
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
John Boyega
Taron Egerton
Dakota Johnson

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Alex Garland - Ex Machina
Debbie Tucker Green - Second Coming
Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd - Theeb
Sean McAllister, Elhum Shakerifar - A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton - The Survivalist

Best Foreign Film
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Theeb
Timbuktu
Wild Tales

Documentary
Amy
Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen To Me Marlon
Sherpa

Animated Film
Inside Out
Minions
Shaun The Sheep Movie

Original Music
Thomas Newman - Bridge Of Spies
Ennio Morricone - The Hateful Eight
Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai - The Revenant
Jóhann Jóhannsson - Sicario
John Williams - Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Cinematography
Janusz Kaminski - Bridge Of Spies
Ed Lachman - Carol
John Seale - Mad Max Fury Road
Emmanuel Lubezki - The Revenant
Roger Deakins - Sicario

Editing
Hank Corwin - The Big Short
Michael Kahn - Bridge Of Spies
Margaret Sixel - Mad Max: Fury Road
Pietro Scalia - The Martian
Stephen Mirrione - The Revenant

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

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

Make Up & Hair
Brooklyn
Carol
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant

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

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

British Short Animation
Edmond
Manoman
Prologue

British Short Film
Elephant
Mining Poems Or Odes
Operator
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