Sunday, February 14, 2016

2016 BAFTA Awards Winners

Watching stream of award ceremony here.  Will wait until show is over but yes, I have a violent depression because my favorite movie, Carol,  got 9 nominations and zero awards.... grrrr.  Why? When is such a beautiful movie in many ways... sigh.

Most noticeable is the absence of awards to another extraordinary film, The Danish Girl, which is quite surprising and have to comment that is disturbing to think that the LGBT stories had something to do with the absence of honors.  Sigh.

The Revenant wins BIG with 5 awards followed closely by Mad Max: Fury Road with 4; the difference is that the first won top awards and the second tech awards. Up to this moment and according to pundits, Oscars top contenders for Best Film were Spotlight and The Big Short but now imagine that there are three strong contenders and perhaps The Revenant has just jump to the first place as a contender. My problem is that not rooting for any of these three films so no matter which wins I'm not interested, sigh.

Winners are in *BLUE.

Finally today we get a better glimpse of what the industry is honoring this year as by now we have a clearer view of what film critics think, what some American Guilds -with too many regulations- think and as of this moment what British Academy members will be honoring this year. Let's recall that some British Academy members are also American Academy members and these nominations always give a necessary boost to films and sometimes look like what Oscars could look.

Carol (yay!) and Bridge of Spies lead the pack with nine (9) nominations each followed by The Revenant with eight (8), Mad Max: Fury Road with seven (7), and with six (6) each Brooklyn and The Martian.  We can say that there are around 10 films that get the top nominations, but according to what Stephen Fry says, there are 30 films that have at least one nomination which is not bad at all and could suggest a great year for British film.

But then we notice that films with nominations in the top categories are not necessarily representative of British films as Guardian's Peter Bradshaw mentions when he writes: "... it is disappointing that no fully British film makes the actual best film category ..." and well, it is a fact that social media is having a blast yelling it to all the corners of the world. Here is another comment from social media "Sad to see a distinctive lack of British Films in the BAFTA's". Sigh. In a way I'm one that's glad as believe that major awards (Oscars and BAFTA's) nowadays honor less the local industry and more the world industry which I find more interesting even when sometimes becomes repetitive with both awards honoring the same movies.

There are many surprises but perhaps the best of all is Alicia Vikander being honored twice for her work in The Danish Girl and Ex Machina; then the biggest of all is Charlotte Rampling not honored in the Best Actress category and Tom Courtney absent from the Best Actor category. Also was hoping for Carey Mulligan being honored for her work in Suffragette or Far From the Madding Crowd.

In the end what I really want is to enjoy this feast of cinema honors that will have its climax on the awards ceremony on Sunday, February 14, 20016.

Best Film
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
The Revenant

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

Film Not In The English Language
The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund
Theeb, Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert LLoyd
Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
*Wild Tales, Damián Szifron

Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen to me Marlon

Animated Film
*Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep Movie

Adam McKay for The Big Short
Steven Spielberg for Bridge of Spies
Todd Haynes for Carol
Ridley Scott for The Martian
*Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu for The Revenant

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Alex Garland, director, for Ex Machina
Debbie Tucker Green, director and writer, for Second Coming
*Naji Abu Nowar, director and producer, and, Rupert Lloyd, producer, for Theeb
Sean McAllister, director and producer, and Elhum Shakerifar, producer for A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton, director and writer, for The Survivalist

Leading Actress
Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl
*Brie Larson in Room
Cate Blanchett in Carol
Maggie Smith in The Lady in the Van
Saorise Ronan in Brooklyn

Supporting Actress
Alicia Vikander in Ex Machina
Jennifer Jason Leigh in The Hateful Eight
Julie Walters in Brooklyn
*Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs
Rooney Mara in Carol

Leading Actor
Bryan Cranston in Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne in The Danish Girl
*Leonardo DiCaprio in The Revenant
Matt Damon in The Martian
Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs

Supporting Actor
Benicio del Toro in Sicario
Christian Bale in The Big Short
Idris Elba in Beasts of No Nation
Mark Rufalo in Spotlight
*Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies

Original Screenplay
Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen and Joel Coen for Bridge of Spies
Alex Garland for Ex Machina
Quentin Tarantino for The Hateful Eight
Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve for Inside Out
*Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight

Adapted Screenplay
*Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short
Nick Hornby for Brooklyn
Phylis Nagy for Carol
Emma Donoghue for Room
Aaron Sorkin for Steve Jobs

Original Music
Thomas Newman for Bridge of Spies
*Ennio Morricone for The Hateful Eight
Ryuichi Sakamoto and Carsten Nicolai for The Revenant
Jóhann Jóhannsson for Sicario
John Williams for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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

Hank Corwin for The Big Short
Michael Kahn for Bridge of Spies
*Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road
Pietro Scalia for The Martian
Stephen Mirrione for The Revenant

Production Design
Adam Stockhausen and Rena DeAngelo for Bridge of Spies
Judy Becker and Heather Loeffler for Carol
*Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road
Arthur Max and Celia Bobak for The Martian
Rick Carter, Darren Gilford and Lee Sandales for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Costume Design
Odile Dicks-Mireaux for Brooklyn
Sandy Powell for Carol
Sandy Powell for Cinderella
Paco Delgado for The Danish Girl
*Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road

Make Up & Hair
Moma Ferguson and Lorraine Glynn for Brooklyn
Jerry De Carlo and Patricia Regan for Carol
Jan Sewell for The Danish Girl
*Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road
Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman and Robert Pandini for The Revenant

Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson and Gary Rydstrom for Bridge of Spies
Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff and David White for Mad Max: Fury Road
Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney and Mark Taylor for The Martian
*Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor and Randy Thom for The Revenant
David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood and Stuart Wilson for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Special Visual Effects
Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick and Alex Wuttke for Ant-Man
Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris and Andrew Whitehurst for Ex Machina
Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood and Andy Williams for Mad Max: Fury Road
Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers and Steven Warner for The Martian
*Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan for Star Wars: The Force Awakens

British Short Animation
*Edmond, Nina Gantz and Emilie Jouffroy
Manoman, Simon Cartwright and Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
Prologue, Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton

British Short Film
Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody and Esther Smith
Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Ricen and Jack Cocker
*Operator, Caroline Bartleet and Rebecca Morgan
Over, Jörn Threlfall and Jeremy Bannister
Samuel-613, Billy Lumby and Cheyenne Conway

Rising Star in 2016
Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
*John Boyega
Taron Egerton

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema: Angels Costumes
Fellowship RecipientSir Sidney Poitier

Most interesting is the note at the end of the official list, see what they say: "Nominations are correct at the time of going to print. BAFTA reserves the right to make changes to the names listed at any time up until 14 February 2016". Perhaps the note happens now that so many mistakes plague the entertainment industry (lol).

To check the list at official site go here to read pdf file or here for a friendlier look that includes film stills and trailers for major categories only.

Check video with Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw announcing the nominations.

If you wish to check reactions to the nominations, video has Xan Brooks, Rhianna Dillon and Jason Solomons talking to Zoë Ball.

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