December 17, 2015
January 11, 2016


It’s looking good for ‘CAROL’ and ‘BRIDGE OF SPIES’
Steven Spielberg’s and Todd Haynes’s dreamy dramas have bagged nine nominations apiece in this year’s BAFTAs, while ‘The Revenant’ scores eight and ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ lands seven. But – wait for it – shock, horror: ‘Spectre’ and ‘Suffragette’ fall off the side …

Gaspy costume drama and apocalyptic adventure set the tone for the forthcoming 69th BAFTA Awards. ‘Carol’, Todd Haynes’s sapphic symphony, is neck and neck with Steven Spielberg’s Cold War epic ‘Bridge of Spies’.

Alejandro González Iñárritu, whose ‘Birdman’ was eclipsed by ‘Boyhood’ last year for Best Film – it still nabbed the Academy Award two weeks later – is back in the running with ‘The Revenant’. George Miller’s Mad-Max outback thriller, meanwhile, has left us on the edge of our stools.

Significant British offering ‘Brooklyn’ trails with six nods, while ‘the Danish Girl’ and ‘Ex-Machina’ both have five – as does Adam McKay’s cash-flick, ‘The Big Short’. But ‘Suffragette’ and ‘Spectre’, both of which lorded it at the box office, have skulked from the nominations with their tails between their legs.

It gets better. Should that be worse? Anyway. Remarkable though she was in Andrew Haigh’s ’45 years’, Charlotte Rampling was overlooked for the Best Actress shortlist. Big mistake? At least that movie is up for Outstanding British film. It was thanks but no thanks, too, for Jennifer Lawrence in ‘Joy’. Alicia Vikander, however, made both the Best Supporting Actress category, for ‘Ex Machina’, and Best Actress, for her portrayal of Eddie Redmayne’s long-suffering wife in ‘The Danish Girl’. She competes with Maggie Smith as ‘The Lady in the Van’, Cate Blanchett as ‘Carol’ and Saoirse Ronan in ‘Brooklyn’.

Redmayne, last year’s Best Actor as Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’, could well sock it to them again. Up against him this year are Leonardo DiCaprio, for ‘The Revenant’, Michael Fassbender for ‘Steve Jobs’ , Matt Damon in ‘The Martian’ and Bryan Cranston in ‘Trumbo’.

The 6,000 voting BAFTA members have proved more vigorous and independent this year than ever before. Kow-tow to the cinema-going public, roll over and go with the flow? Not they. Take ‘Room’, a zinger about a woman and her son held hostage in a garden shed, which is widely considered an Oscar shoe-in. The BAFTA voters were less keen. Emma Donoghue’s screenplay, which she adapted from her own book, is a contender, as is Brie Larson as Best Actress. But poor little nine-year-old co-star Jacob Tremblay got nowhere.

Larson also makes the shortlist for Rising Star, voted by the general public – as do ‘Star Wars’ lead John Boyega, ‘Kingsman’’s Taron Egerton, ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’’s Dakota Johnson and ‘The Diary of a Teenage Girl’’s Bel Powley.

Two major Oscar contenders – Auschwitz drama ‘Son of Saul’ and ‘Anomalisa’ – were not eligible for the BAFTAs because of their March UK release dates.

The winners will be revealed at the Royal Opera House on Sunday,14th February. By then, the Oscar nominations will also be out there …

Carol (Film, Director, Actress, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair)
Bridge of Spies (Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound)

The Revenant (Film, Director, Actor, Music, Cinematography, Editing, Make-up & Hair, Sound)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, Make-Up & Hair, Sound, Visual Effects)

The Martian (Director, Actor, Editing, Production Design, Sound, Visual Effects)
Brooklyn (British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Actress, Supporting Actress, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair)

The Big Short (Film, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Supporting Actor, Editing)
The Danish Girl (British Film, Actor, Actress, Costume Design, Make-up & Hair)
Ex Machina (British Film, Debut Film, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress, Visual Effects)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Music, Sound, Visual Effects, Production Design)

Spotlight (Film, Original Screenplay, Supporting Actor)
Sicario (Supporting Actor, Original Music, Cinematography)
Steve Jobs (Actor, Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay)
The Hateful Eight (Supporting Actress, Music, Original Screenplay)

Amy (British Film, Documentary)
Inside Out (Original Screenplay, Animation)
Theeb (Debut, Foreign Language)

Beasts of No Nation (Supporting Actor)
45 Years (British Film)
The Lobster (British Film)
The Lady in the Van (Actress)
Trumbo (Actor)
Second Coming (Debut)
The Survivalist (Debut)
A Syrian Love Story (Debut)
Cartel Land (Documentary)
He Named Me Malala (Documentary)
Listen to Me Marlon (Documentary)
Sherpa (Documentary)
The Assassin (Foreign Language)
Force Majeure (Foreign language)
Timbuktu (Foreign Language)
Wild Tales (Foreign Language)
Minions (Animation)
Shaun the Sheep Movie (Animation)
Cinderella (Costume Design)
Ant-Man (Visual Effects)

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