BAFTA have made their mark on this year’s Oscar race as award season prepares to reach its climax.
After landing Golden Globe success last month, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s vengeance thriller The Revenant boosted its hopes of Best Picture glory by taking home five awards including Best Director and the coveted Best Film accolade.
Leading man Leonardo DiCaprio is all but certain to finally land his first Oscar after winning Best Actor for his physically-challenging role as explorer Hugh Glass while the film also collected Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
Leo’s former Titanic co-star Kate Winslet boosted her hopes of a second Academy Award after she beat off Rooney Mara and Alicia Vikander to clinch Best Supporting Actress for the biopic drama Steve Jobs.
An absent Brie Larson also moved closer to her own inevitable Oscar win after securing the Best Actress gong for her powerful performance in Room while the Best Supporting Actor award went to British performer Mark Rylance for his role in Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama Bridge of Spies. His victory gives him a possible chance of overcoming category favourite Sylvester Stallone when the pair go head to head for the Oscar in a fortnight’s time.
Elsewhere, the action thriller Mad Max: Fury Road did well in the technical categories as it won four awards for Production Design, Costume Design, Editing and Makeup & Hairstyling. It was also a good night for Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the sci-fi blockbuster nabbed Best Visual Effects as well as a Rising Star Award triumph for actor John Boyega.
There were also wins for Spotlight (Original Screenplay), The Big Short (Adapted Screenplay), Brooklyn (Outstanding British Film), Inside Out (Animated Film), Amy (Documentary) and Wild Tales (Foreign Language Film) while veteran composer Ennio Morricone landed Best Film Music for his work on The Hateful Eight.
Finally, Hollywood legend Sidney Poitier was the recipient of this year’s BAFTA Fellowship award for his mesmerising work over the past six decades which included The Defiant Ones (1958), Lilies of the Field (1963), To Sir, With Love, Guess Whose Coming to Dinner and In the Heat of the Night (all 1967).
The full list of BAFTA winners are below:
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, THE REVENANT
Leonardo DiCaprio, THE REVENANT
Brie Larson, ROOM
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Mark Rylance, BRIDGE OF SPIES
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Kate Winslet, STEVE JOBS
BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
SPOTLIGHT, Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer
BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT, Adam McKay & Charles Randolph
BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson
THE REVENANT, Emmanuel Lubezki
BEST COSTUME DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Jenny Beavan
BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Lesley Vanderwalt & Damian Martin
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD, Margaret Sixel
THE REVENANT; Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor & Randy Thom
BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS; Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh & Neal Scanlan
BEST FILM MUSIC
THE HATEFUL EIGHT, Ennio Morricone
BEST ANIMATED FILM
BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
WILD TALES, Damián Szifron
AMY, Asif Kapadia & James Gay-Rees
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) & Rupert Lloyd ( Producer), THEEB
RISING STAR AWARD