BAFTA nominations: Bridge of Spies and Carol share nine nods apiece

Award season is starting to heat up intensively after BAFTA (British Academy Awards) announced their full line-up of nominees for 2016.

Sharing the lead this time around are Steven Spielberg’s Cold War biopic and Todd Haynes’ romantic drama Carol, both of which have nine nominations each including Best Film and Best Director. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s vengeance thriller The Revenant follows both films with eight mentions including Best Actor for Oscar favourite Leonardo Di-Caprio.

The trio are competing in the Best Film category alongside Oscar frontrunnners The Big Short (five nods) and Spotlight (three nods), the latter of which failed to land a Best Director nomination for Tom McCarthy. Instead his spot was taken by British helmer Ridley Scott for the sci-fi blockbuster The Martian.

Despite that film being overlooked in the main category, Martian picked up six nominations overall including a Best Actor nod for Matt Damon.

Another key absentee in the main categories was George Miller’s post-Apocalyptic flick Mad Max: Fury Road which missed out on Film and Director but did receive several technical nominations. Current box-office juggernaut Star Wars: The Force Awakens also did well with the techs as well as garnering a Best Film Music nod for veteran composer John Williams.

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Best British Film is competed by six contenders which include the Amy Winehouse documentary Amy, the romantic drama Brooklyn and the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina.

In the acting categories, Hollywood heavyweights Damon and Di-Caprio are up for Best Actor along with Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) and last year’s winner Eddie Redmayne (Danish Girl).

Best Actress sees experienced names like Cate Blanchett (Carol) and Dame Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) up against starlets Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn) and Alicia Vikander (Danish Girl).

The latter star also received a mention in Best Supporting Actress for her role in Ex Machina. Her competition in that category includes Rooney Mara (Carol), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight) and British duo Julie Walters (Brooklyn) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs).

Finally Best Supporting Actor sees homegrown trio Christian Bale (Big Short), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) battling it out with Benicio Del Toro (Sicario) and Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight).

In terms of significant snubs, there was no mentions at all for British productions like Legend, Sunset Song or Suffragette while the James Bond blockbuster Spectre was shut out completely!

Significant actors to be overlooked included Johnny Depp (Black Mass), Tom Hardy (Legend and The Revenant), Will Smith (Concussion), Carey Mulligan (Suffragette), Charlotte Rampling (45 Years), Rachel McAdams (Spotlight), Helen Mirren (Trumbo) and Sylvester Stallone (Creed).

The 2016 BAFTAs will take place on Sunday February 14th (Valentine’s Day) at London’s Royal Opera House, with Stephen Fry hosting for the 11th time.

The full list of nominations are below (with my winner predictions in blue):

BEST FILM
THE BIG SHORT
BRIDGE OF SPIES
CAROL
THE REVENANT
SPOTLIGHT

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
AMY
45 YEARS
BROOKLYN
THE DANISH GIRL
EX MACHINA
THE LOBSTER

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BEST DIRECTOR
Todd Haynes, CAROL
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, THE REVENANT
Adam McKay, THE BIG SHORT
Ridley Scott, THE MARTIAN
Steven Spielberg, BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST ACTOR
Bryan Cranston, TRUMBO
Matt Damon, THE MARTIAN
Leonardo Di-Caprio, THE REVENANT
Michael Fassbender, STEVE JOBS
Eddie Redmayne, THE DANISH GIRL

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, CAROL
Brie Larson, ROOM
Saoirse Ronan, BROOKLYN
Maggie Smith, THE LADY IN THE VAN
Alicia Vikander, THE DANISH GIRL

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, THE BIG SHORT
Benicio Del Toro, SICARIO
Idris Elba, BEASTS OF NO NATION
Mark Ruffalo, SPOTLIGHT
Mark Rylance, BRIDGE OF SPIES

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh, THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Rooney Mara, CAROL
Alicia Vikander, EX MACHINA
Julie Walters, BROOKLYN
Kate Winslet, STEVE JOBS

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Matt Charman, Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
EX MACHINA, Alex Garland
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Quentin Tarantino
INSIDE OUT, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter & Meg LeFauve
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT, Adam McKay & Charles Randolph
BROOKLYN, Nick Hornby
CAROL, Phyllis Nagy
ROOM, Emma Donoghue
STEVE JOBS, Aaron Sorkin

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BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
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

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Janusz Kamiński
CAROL, Ed Lachman
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, John Seale
THE REVENANT, Emmanuel Lubezki
SICARIO, Roger Deakins

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
BROOKLYN, Odile Dicks-Mireaux
CAROL, Sandy Powell
CINDERELLA, Sandy Powell
THE DANISH GIRL, Paco Delgrado
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Jenny Beavan

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
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

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BEST EDITING
THE BIG SHORT, Hank Corwin
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Michael Kahn
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Margaret Sixel
THE MARTIAN, Pietro Scalia
THE REVENANT, Stephen Mirrione

BEST SOUND
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

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
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

BEST FILM MUSIC
BRIDGE OF SPIES, Thomas Newman
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Ennio Morricone
THE REVENANT, Ryuichi Sakamoto & Carsten Nicolaim
SICARIO, Johann Johansson
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, John Williams

BEST ANIMATED FILM
INSIDE OUT
MINIONS
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
THE ASSASSIN, Hou Hsiao-Hsien
FORCE MAJEURE, Ruben Östlund
THEEB, Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
TIMBUKTU, Abderrahmane Sissako
WILD TALES, Damián Szifron

BEST DOCUMENTARY
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

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) & Elhum Shakerifar (Producer), A SYRIAN LOVE STORY
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director), THE SURVIVALIST

RISING STAR AWARD
John Boyega
Taron Egerton
Dakota Johnson
Brie Larson
Bel Powley

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