BAFTA Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

BAFTA Nominations: Snubs and Surprises

The BAFTAs always offer some clues to where that sizable British contingent of Oscar voters are leaning, and this year’s nominations, announced in London early Friday morning by Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, are no different. (Previously named were the five contenders for the EE Rising Star Award, which is voted on by the public.) The alway entertaining and fleet BAFTA ceremony will be held in London on Sunday, February 14. Read the full list of nominees below.

While the BAFTAs are not the same as the Oscars, forward momentum does lend a boost. If the Weinsteins were feeling slightly anxious about "Carol" as "The Big Short" continues to gain ground, they may be feeling some relief today, as Todd Haynes’ gorgeous period romance led the BAFTA field with nine nominations including Best Film and Director, along with another well-mounted period film, Steven Spielberg’s "Bridge of Spies," followed by Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s "The Revenant" with eight, and Adam McKay’s "The Big Short"’with five. All four scored Best Film and Best Director nominations, respectively, while Tom McCarthy’s "Spotlight" landed just three nominations: Best Film, Supporting Actor Mark Ruffalo and Original Screenplay, but no director slot, and Brit Ridley Scott was nominated for director for "The Martian," which scored six nominations including Best Actor Matt Damon, but not Best Film. 

Left out of the major categories were two popular sequels: George Miller’s non-stop actioner "Mad Max: Fury Road," with seven technical nominations, and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," with four. UK production "Brooklyn" landed six nominations including Best British Film and Saoirse Ronan for Best Actress. Alicia Vikander scored two BAFTA slots, for Leading Actress for "The Danish Girl" and Supporting Actress for Best British Film nominee "Ex Machina"; both films earned five nominations. "Sicario" continues to show strength with three nominations, including Benicio del Toro for Supporting Actor, Cinematographer Roger Deakins and Score, but not Editing. "Beasts of No Nation" scored a Supporting Actor nomination for Idris Elba. Quentin Tarantino’s "The Hateful Eight" landed Original Screenplay, Supporting Actress Jennifer Jason Leigh and Score. Dame Maggie Smith, as befits a leading British thespian, landed a nod for Leading Actress for "The Lady in the Van," while Berlin Festival and European Film Award-winner Charlotte Rampling ("45 Years") did not; it may go the opposite way when Oscar nominations are announced January 14. (Ballots are due at 5pm Pacific Friday.)

2015 NOMINATIONS
(presented in 2016)

BEST FILM

THE BIG SHORT Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt

BRIDGE OF SPIES Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg

CAROL Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley

THE REVENANT Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

SPOTLIGHT Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

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

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

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE ASSASSIN Hou Hsiao-Hsien

FORCE MAJEURE Ruben Östlund

THEEB Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
TIMBUKTU Abderrahmane Sissako

WILD TALES Damián Szifron

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

ANIMATED FILM

INSIDE OUT Pete Docter

MINIONS Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

DIRECTOR

THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay

BRIDGE OF SPIES Steven Spielberg

CAROL Todd Haynes

THE MARTIAN Ridley Scott

THE REVENANT Alejandro G. Iñárritu

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

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

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE BIG SHORT Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

BROOKLYN Nick Hornby

CAROL Phyllis Nagy

ROOM Emma Donoghue

STEVE JOBS Aaron Sorkin

LEADING ACTOR

BRYAN CRANSTON Trumbo

EDDIE REDMAYNE The Danish Girl

LEONARDO DICAPRIO The Revenant

MATT DAMON The Martian

MICHAEL FASSBENDER Steve Jobs

LEADING ACTRESS

ALICIA VIKANDER The Danish Girl

BRIE LARSON Room

CATE BLANCHETT Carol

MAGGIE SMITH The Lady in the Van

SAOIRSE RONAN Brooklyn

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

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

ALICIA VIKANDER Ex Machina

JENNIFER JASON LEIGH The Hateful Eight

JULIE WALTERS Brooklyn

KATE WINSLET Steve Jobs

ROONEY MARA Carol

ORIGINAL MUSIC
BRIDGE OF SPIES Thomas Newman

THE HATEFUL EIGHT Ennio Morricone

THE REVENANT Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai

SICARIO Jóhann Jóhannsson

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS John Williams

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BRIDGE OF SPIES Janusz Kamiński

CAROL Ed Lachman

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD John Seale

THE REVENANT Emmanuel Lubezki

SICARIO Roger Deakins

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

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

 
COSTUME DESIGN

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

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

SPECIAL 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

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EDMOND Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy

MANOMAN Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol

PROLOGUE Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton
  
BRITISH SHORT FILM
ELEPHANT Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith

MINING POEMS OR ODES Callum Rice, Jack Cocker

OPERATOR Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan

OVER Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister

SAMUEL-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway
  
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
BEL POWLEY

BRIE LARSON

DAKOTA JOHNSON

JOHN BOYEGA

TARON EGERTON

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Comments

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I liked Bridge of Spies but I can’t see how it got nominated over Brooklyn. Also not really sure why Damon is getting nominated for so many awards, he was good but nothing about his performance really stood out to me

Anthony

I don’t understand why Rachel McAdams didn’t join in Supporting Actress categories. is it because of Julie Walters, or what? but, some of categories already fixed with my predictions. but, once again, why Howard Shore not into the Score? I think, he’s better than John Williams(Force Awakens)

Kate H

Spotlight hasn’t opened in the UK yet and it doesn’t seem to have attracted the buzz over here that it has in the US. Oh, and anyone hoping for ‘Mad Max’ to score big nominations here or at the Oscars is insane: not because it doesn’t deserve them but the Academies are probably pathologically incapable of grasping that.

Didi

No, I’m not that Didi lol. I’m happy to see The Big Short and The Lobster get a Noms. The Danish Girl and Hateful 8 Noms are a joke.

David

Wonder if Spotlight was too much of an American issue for the UK film industry to relate. I don’t know how BAFTA ignored Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

Shana

The Rampling snub and ’45 Years’ only getting one nomination is the biggest shock to me.

re: no shoes

really? i mean mad is far and away the critics’ consensus #1 film of the year. i’m disappointed they didn’t include it for best pic/director

No shoes

BAFTA is pretty anti-genre, so the fact that The Martian and Mad Max figured in to the extent that they did encourages me.

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