The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has delivered some surprises while barring a few hopefuls.
The BAFTA nominations were just announced for the 2016 award season. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts will hold its 69th ceremony this year.
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The list of nominees has delivered some surprises, while also snubbing major contenders. The biggest snub by BAFTA was delivered to the film Mad Max: Fury Road.
The reboot of the Mad Max franchise didn't receive nominations for Best Film or Best Director. Instead BAFTA preferred to nominate film such as Bridge of Spies and The Revenant. Even the respective directors of the film received Bes Director nominations.
The BAFTA nominations for the Outstanding British Film category show what a good year british films has had. The category generally does not contain more than 2 or 3 strong contenders.
However this year the list contains a wide variety of strong contenders. The nominations include film such as 45 Years, Amy, Brooklyn, Ex Machina, The Lobster. All of the films made their mark and raised praise at the time of their release.
Another surprising aspect of the BAFTA is the preference given to two particular films. Especially the films "Carol" and "Bridge of Spies" gathered the most nominations at BAFTA. Both films have earned nine prestigious nominations at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
Similarly it seems special preference was given to the work of rising actress Alicia Vikander. Vikander may have actually pulled off a BAFTA coup. Vikander has been nominated for both leading actress and supporting actress.
Vikander received a leading actress nomination for her role in ‘The Danish Girl’ and the supporting nom for ‘EX Machina’. The 27 year old Swedish actress has definitely had a lucky year. Vikander also worked in the "Burnt" and "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." in 2016.
Currently the breakout actress is working on the next Bourne movie with Matt Damon. Vikander has joined the group of a select few actresses to have received a double nom from the BAFTA. The double nom group includes powerhouse names such as Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Cate Blanchett.
A few years ago the BAFTA was not as significant on the award season sphere as it is now. The reason for its prominence could be the reverse voting system. At the BAFTA awards the branches decide the nominees and the collective groups choose a winner for a category.
The BAFTA awards have also garnered praise for bringing small scale movies on the larger sphere. For example the score by Alexandre Desplat for the “Grand Budapest Hotel” was highlighted at the BAFTA. The nomination by BAFTA showed the score by Desplat was stronger than the presumably front-running ‘Theory of Everything’.
Similarly the fan favorite ‘Boyhood’ snubbed at the Oscars from the Best Picture award won at the BAFTA. Many believed the film rightfully won further signifying BAFTA’s role.
Some would argue BAFTA has long been giving awards where deserved. Notably BAFTA gave out honors to “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind” for editing. While “Children of Men” was recognized for its production design.
The BAFTA nominations are quite illuminating as they remind of industry support. Most importantly the crossover between the BAFTA and Academy Awards is not huge. The BAFTA body perceives the craft of film making.
Complete list of 2016 BAFTA nominations is given below:
- The Big Short
- Bridge of Spies
- The Revenant
- Leonardo DiCaprio - The Revenant
- Eddie Redmayne - The Danish Girl
- Michael Fassbender - Steve Jobs
- Matt Damon - The Martian
- Bryan Cranston - Trumbo
- Brie Larson - Room
- Saoirse Ronan - Brooklyn
- Cate Blanchett - Carol
- Alicia Vikander - The Danish Girl
- Maggie Smith - Lady in the Van
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
- Kate Winslet - Steve Jobs
- Alicia Vikander - Ex Machina
- Rooney Mara - Carol
- Jennifer Jason Leigh - The Hateful Eight
- Julie Walters - Brooklyn
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
- 45 Years Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
- Amy Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
- Brooklyn John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
- The Danish Girl Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
- Ex Machina Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
- The Lobster Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
- The Assassin Hou Hsiao-Hsien
- Force Majeure Ruben Ostlund
- Theeb Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
- Timbuktu Abderrahmane Sissako
- Wild Tales Damian Szifron
- Amy Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
- Cartel Land Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
- He Named Me Malala Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
- Listen to Me Marlon Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
- Sherpa Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson
- Inside Out Pete Docter
- Minions Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
- Shaun the Sheep Movie Mark Burton, Richard Starzak
- The Big Short Adam McKay
- Bridge of Spies Steven Spielberg
- Carol Todd Haynes
- The Martian Ridley Scott
- The Revenant Alejandro G. Iñarritu
- Bridge of Spies Janusz Kaminski
- Carol Ed Lachman
- Mad Max: Fury Road John Seale
- The Revenant Emmanuel Lubezki
- Sicario Roger Deakins
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
- Alex Garland (Director) Ex Machina
- Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) Second Coming
- Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) Theeb
- Sean McAllister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) A Syrian Love Story
- Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) The Survivalist
- Bridge of Spies Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
- Ex Machina Alex Garland
- The Hateful Eight Quentin Tarantino
- Inside Out Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve
- Spotlight Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
- The Big Short Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
- Brooklyn Nick Hornby
- Carol Phyllis Nagy
- Room Emma Donoghue
- Steve Jobs Aaron Sorkin
- The Big Short Hank Corwin
- Bridge of Spies Michael Kahn
- Mad Max: Fury Road Margaret Sixel
- The Martian Pietro Scalia
- The Revenant Stephen Mirrione
- Bridge of Spies Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo
- Carol Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
- Mad Max: Fury Road Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
- The Martian Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales
- Brooklyn Odile Dicks-Mireaux
- Carol Sandy Powell
- Cinderella Sandy Powell
- The Danish Girl Paco Delgado
- Mad Max: Fury Road Jenny Beavan
MAKE UP & HAIR
- Brooklyn Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
- Carol Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan
- The Danish Girl Jan Sewell
- Mad Max: Fury Road Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
- The Revenant Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini
- Bridge of Spies Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
- Mad Max: Fury Road Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
- The Martian Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
- The Revenant Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
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- Ant-Man Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
- Ex Machina Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
- Mad Max: Fury Road Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
- The Martian Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
- Star Wars: The Force Awakens Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan