Film Awards: BAFTA winners 2016
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- Published on Monday, 15 February 2016 15:24
- Last Updated on 15 February 2016
- Freda Cooper
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While the temperatures dropped on the BAFTA red carpet last night and the stars took refuge in their coats and capes, inside the Royal Opera House the temperature was even chillier for the film that was left out in the cold.
At the start of the ceremony, Carol and Bridge Of Spies were ahead of the pack, with nine nominations apiece. By the end, Steven Spielberg’s Cold War thriller had one trophy, but the critically-acclaimed Carol was completely empty handed.
The film feeling the love on Valentine’s was The Revenant. It topped the leader board with five wins – Film, Director, Leading Actor for Leonardo Di Caprio, Cinematography and Sound. And nobody was in the least bit surprised.
More unexpected was the film with the second biggest haul, Mad Max:Fury Road. It won Costume, Editing, Production Design and Hair And Make Up. Clearly popular with BAFTA voters, it hadn’t scored any nominations in bigger categories like Best Film or Best Director. Strange …..
Just one other film managed to win more than one gold mask, and that was Star Wars: The Force Awakens. BAFTA gave it Visual Special Effects, while the British cinema going public voted for John Boyega in the EE Rising Star category.
Among the other awards, Leading Actress went to Brie Larson in Room, while there was a brace of Brits in the Supporting categories: Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs and Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies. Spotlight took Original Screenplay, The Big Short received Adapted Screenplay and Animation was, again unsurprisingly, Inside Out. Outstanding British Film was Brooklyn.
Any my predictions? Well, giving my crystal ball a good polish paid off. I tipped six categories and only slipped up in one, Best Supporting Actor. I’d expected to see Idris Elba win for Beasts Of No Nation, but I can’t argue with BAFTA’s choice of Mark Rylance. Now all I have to do is make sure I get a full house with my Oscar predictions at the end of the month!
Film critic and radio presenter Freda Cooper has been a movie fan all her life – the best qualification for the job! A contributor to a number of film websites, she also presents her weekly podcast, Talking Pictures, a finalist in the UK Podcasters Awards. Her movie blog, formerly The Coops Review, is now also called Talking Pictures, and was shortlisted at this year’s UK Blog Awards. And you can hear her film reviews every Friday morning on BBC Surrey and BBC Sussex!