All About The BAFTAs 2016


Following my BAFTA predictions yesterday, I take a look back over the winners and the awards as a whole.

Best Film

The Big Short


Bridge of Spies


The Revenant – WINNER

I predicted that journalism drama Spotlight would take this one, but with another win in the bag, Oscar momentum now appears to be with grim survival epic The Revenant. However, that might not necessarily follow, as last year BAFTA gave top honours to Richard Linklater and Boyhood, then the Academy went on to give the big two to Birdman. And in America, due to other awards results recently, the opinion is that one of Spotlight or The Big Short could still triumph in Hollywood.

Outstanding British Film

45 Years


Brooklyn – WINNER

The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

The tale of an Irish girl making it in America beat the competition in a relatively-expected victory. 

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant – WINNER

Matt Damon – The Martian

Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

No real surprise here – Leo is pretty much nailed on for the Oscar now, and he will finally have his moment of glory. He thanked everybody under the sun in his acceptance speech yesterday, but saved the best till last, speaking of how indebted he was to his mother.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett – Carol

Brie Larson – Room – WINNER

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn

Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van

The form winner also took home the award here, with director Lenny Abrahamson singing Larson’s praises as she herself was away filming in Australia.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale – The Big Short

Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation

Benicio del Toro – Sicario

Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies – WINNER

I called this one wrong, predicting that Idris Elba would win in a middle-finger-up at the Academy sort of gesture. Instead, acclaimed thespian Mark Rylance took home the gong, with director Steven Spielberg accepting it on his behalf and delivering a decidedly weird thank-you speech using a note from Rylance himself.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs – WINNER

Rooney Mara – Carol

Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

Julie Walters – Brooklyn

Not only did she win the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress, but Winslet also won the accolade for Most Shocked of the Evening. Looking for all the world as though she never expected to be on the stage, she came across as warm and self-deprecating, as per usual when she wins something.

Best Director

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant – WINNER

Adam McKay – The Big Short

Ridley Scott – The Martian

Todd Haynes – Carol

Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

I correctly predicted this and am very sore about it – I have seen only The Revenant and The Martian of the films nominated in this category, and would honestly have preferred it if the latter film, or any of the others, had won over Bearman the Leo-Fest. It is a visually stunning but emotionally bare, cynically Oscar-baiting film in my eyes, and I truly hope that the Iñárritu love train doesn’t toot all the way to the Academy for a second year running.

Animated film

Inside Out – WINNER


Shaun the Sheep Movie

There was no contest here – the superlative Pixar film won out. Inside Out is a well-crafted and fully deserving winner. Director Pete Docter, who previously helmed Monsters, Inc. and Up, also gave one of the best and most affecting acceptance speeches of the evening.

Elsewhere, there was much to celebrate. Acclaimed actor and director Sir Sidney Poitier delivered a moving acceptance speech via video on receiving the BAFTA Fellowship Award for his distinguished career. Fledgling Stars Wars actor John Boyega endeared himself to anyone in the universe who may not yet know of his existence with his speech on winning the Rising Star Award, championing the young. Otherwise, it was business as usual. Stephen Fry got a few good jokes in, one of which has today resulted in his voluntary retirement from Twitter after some bad press. But the indisputable highlight was Australian actress Rebel Wilson’s presentation of the Best Supporting Actor award, where she managed to fit in both shy awkwardness and some hilarious lines. One of her jokes has since received complaints too, but everything about the evening was done in good sport with no malice intended. The BAFTAs are the Nice Film Awards, and the Nice Film Awards they shall remain, whether or not you always agree with the decisions they make about who wins.

Alex Nicholson


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