The BAFTAs always offer some clues to where that sizable British contingent of Oscar voters is leaning. The always entertaining and fleet BAFTA ceremony, hosted this year by Stephen Fry, will air in edited form on BBC America at 7:30 pm Pacific well after the evening London ceremony concludes on Sunday, February 14.
While the BAFTAs are not the same as the Oscars, forward momentum does lend a boost. Todd Haynes' gorgeous period romance "Carol" led the BAFTA field with nine nominations including Best Film and Director, along with another well-mounted period film, Steven Spielberg's "Bridge of Spies," followed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu's "The Revenant" with eight, and Adam McKay's "The Big Short"'with five. All four scored Best Film and Best Director nominations, respectively, while Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" landed just three nominations including Best Film, but no director slot.
But in the end, "The Revenant" took home the most wins, five, on Sunday night, including Best Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography and Sound. This could repeat at the Oscars. The final BAFTA tally: "The Revenant" 5, "Mad Max: Fury Road" 4, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" 2, and with one each, "Brooklyn," "The Big Short," "Steve Jobs," "Spotlight," "Bridge of Spies," and "The Hateful Eight." "Carol" wound up with nothing.
The winners were announced as Oscar voting is under way. "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and "Mad Max: Fury Road' were relegated to technical categories: "The Force Awakens" nabbed publicly-voted Rising Star for John Boyega and the VFX prize, while "Fury Road" picked up four wins: Production Design, Costumes, Editing and Makeup and Hair, suggesting tech-only nods are in the film's Oscar future as well.
"The Revenant" landed Best Actor for SAG and Globe winner Leonardo DiCaprio, as expected, as well as Sound, Director for DGA winner A.G. Inarritu, who did not win the BAAFTA for "Birdman" and is seeking his second Oscar win running, and Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki, who is seeking his third Oscar win in a row.
Oscar frontrunner Brie Larson won Best Actress for Irish film "Room." "Steve Jobs" took Supporting Actress for homegrown favorite Kate Winslet, who also won the Golden Globe, leaving Alicia Vikander who was nominated for Best Actress for "The Danish Girl" and Supporting Actress for "Ex Machina" with nothing. The Supporting Actress Oscar race is wide open.
While "Bridge of Spies" scored a Supporting Actor win for respected British thespian Mark Rylance, on the American side of the pond Sly Stallone is still the favorite fir "Creed." WGA winners "Spotlight" and "The Big Short" won Original and Adapted Screenplay, respectively, and should do the same Oscar night. "Brooklyn" earned Best British Film.
British filmmaker Asif Kapadia won Documentary for "Amy," as he is expected to do at the Oscars. Other Oscar frontrunners "The Hateful Eight" won Original Music for Ennio Morricone and Pixar's "Inside Out" won for Animation.
BAFTA NOMINATIONS (winners in bold)
MICHAEL FASSBENDER Steve Jobs
SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn
THE REVENANT Alejandro G. Iñárritu
SPOTLIGHT Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
STEVE JOBS Aaron Sorkin
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
ROONEY MARA Carol
MARK RYLANCE Bridge of Spies
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
THE LOBSTER Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou
SHERPA Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS John Williams
SICARIO Roger Deakins
THE REVENANT Stephen Mirrione
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
STEPHEN FINGLETON (Writer/Director) The Survivalist
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE