Tuesday, 16 February 2016

"And the BAFTA goes to..."

The 69th annual British Academy Film Awards took place at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden last Sunday, with The Revenant and Mad Max: Fury Road emerging as the big winners with five and four BAFTAs respectively.

Leonardo DiCaprio's emotionally and physically gruelling performance as a vengeful frontiersman finally won him a best actor BAFTA as his movie The Revenant dominated the marquee awards at the 2016 British film ceremony.

DiCaprio had been here three times previously, losing for The Aviator (2004), The Departed (2006) and The Wolf Of Wall Street (2013). This year though the prize was his and he remains hot favourite to win an Academy Award®. Accepting the award DiCaprio said he had been hugely influenced by British actors including Tom Courtenay, Gary Oldman, Peter O'Toole and Daniel Day Lewis. The actor thanked many people but touchingly, he reserved his biggest thanks to the person who most helped him go from growing up in a rough neighbourhood, to being a superstar – his mother.

The Revenant won five BAFTAs in total including the most prestigious award for best film. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu, who also won best director, said the film's BAFTA success was "overwhelming".

The 19th-century set film has been described as a "living hell" by those who worked on it with the shoot intensified by Iñárritu's determination to only film using natural light. DiCaprio himself has described some of the scenes as the hardest he has ever had to do, not least the unforgettable bear mauling scene. His other experiences include sleeping naked in a horse carcass, gorging on raw bison liver and going in and out of a freezing Canadian river.

After The Revenant, honours were spread widely with success for Mad Max: Fury Road in the design categories, plus prizes for Room, Steve Jobs, Bridge Of Spies and Brooklyn. There was nothing, however, for much admired and widely tipped Carol.

It was an evening over which the Oscars diversity debate loomed large with a small protest staged outside the ceremony. The #baftablackout protesters carried a banner which read: "The TV and film industry are male, pale and stale. In fear of diversity, opportunity and inclusion."

Brie Larson, who was absent filming Kong: Skull Island in Australia, won the best actress BAFTA for her performance as an imprisoned mother in Room. Director Lenny Abrahamson, who picked up the award on her behalf, called her "one of the best actors of her generation."

Kate Winslet won her third BAFTA – after Sense And Sensibility (1995) and The Reader (2008) – for her role as Apple marketing executive Joanna Hoffman in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs. Winslet said she was "overwhelmed" to win in what had been an "extraordinary year for women".

Mark Rylance, meanwhile, won his first BAFTA for his performance as a Russian spy in Steven Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies.

Spotlight won one award, best original screenplay, with co-writer and director Tom McCarthy dedicating the award to the reporters on the Boston Globe, who broke the story of the Catholic church paedophile priest cover-up, and the survivors of the abuse.

The Big Short also came away with one award, best adapted screenplay for Adam McKay and Charles Randolph.

Unusually, no British film was up for best film but there was still the outstanding British film category, won by Brooklyn – Nick Hornby's adaptation of Colm Tóibín's award winning novel.

Mad Max: Fury Road dominated the craft categories, winning four BAFTAs for hair and make up, editing, costume design and production design.

The documentary award was won by the hotly tipped Amy, about the life and death of Amy Winehouse. Its director Asif Kapadia said it was a difficult film to make.

"In the end it was all about Amy, we really fell in love with her. The aim was to tell the truth, to show how witty, intelligent, beautiful she was before it all went out of control and things got crazy."

Ennio Morricone, now 87, won the best music award for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight – his sixth BAFTA, with his last one being Cinema Paradiso in 1991.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens triumphed in the special visual effects category while John Boyega won the EE Rising Star Award, the only award to be voted for by the public.

"I haven't been doing this for a long time – it's a fluke," said the London-born actor, who had earlier got the loudest shouts from film fans along the red carpet.

"I'm going to share this with all the young dreamers who are determined and hard-working – this is for you."

Afterwards Boyega, who begins work on the Star Wars: Epsiode VIII today, addressed the diversity debate. "I think it is important that the conversation around diversity carries on," he said. "Keep talking and keep doing and that's something that we should definitely fixate on and I believe things will eventually change because I'm trying to work and nobody's going to stop me."

A less serious spin on it came from comedian and actor Rebel Wilson, presenting best supporting actor. She joked she had been "practising my transgender face" in the hope of securing an award in coming years.

"I've never been invited to the Oscars," she continued deadpan "because as we know they are racists." She went on to praise BAFTA's drive to increase its mix of voters. "We all like to see diverse members." As if that were not enough, Wilson spoke of how she hoped Idris Elba might win. "I'm programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day."

And there were some excruciating moments too, including a a Valentine's Day 'Kiss Cam' and host Stephen Fry inelegantly joking that Mad Max: Fury Road costume designer Jenny Beavan had come "dressed as a bag lady". After sparking a social media backlash with the comment, Fry has since deleted his Twitter account.

As The Guardian noted, his comment was one of the few controversial moments in this year's ceremony: "On the plus side, it's the closest thing we had to drama this year," wrote Benjamin Lee.

The full list of nominees and winners are below.

Best Film
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
The Revenant

Outstanding British Film
45 Years
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

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 McCallister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) The Survivalist

Adam McKay - The Big Short
Steven Spielberg - Bridge Of Spies
Todd Haynes - Carol
Ridley Scott - The Martian
Alejandro G. Iñárritu - The Revenant

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

Film not in the English Language
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Wild Tales

Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen To Me Marlon

Animated Film
Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie

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

Bridge Of Spies - Janusz Kamiński
Carol - Ed Lachman
Mad Max: Fury Road - John Seale
The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki
Sicario - Roger Deakins

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

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

British Short Film
Mining Poems Or Odes

The EE Rising Star Award
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
John Boyega
Taron Egerton

Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema
Angels The Costumiers

Sydney Poitier

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