THE REVENANT has won the BAFTA award for Best Film of 2015 and with it another four trophies, making it the most rewarded film of the night. Mad Max: Fury Road came in behind it with four wins – Editing, Production Design, Makeup & Hair and Costume Design. The two films went head to head in just four categories and they split those wins 2/2. The two films will fight it out in no less than 10 categories at the Oscars in two weeks. Lots of history is being and will be made with these wins for The Revenant. Its BAFTA win marks the first time a film won Best Film and Director without a screenplay nomination. It’s also missing that nomination at the Oscars.
In all, BAFTA went pretty blockbuster heavy with its wins: The Revenant, Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens dominated the tech categories, leaving no room for quiet dramas like Bridge of Spies or Carol to find a way in.
The leading actor and actress categories went to the frontrunners who’ve already dominated this season – Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) and Brie Larson (Room). Their path to Oscar wins are now solidified and unbreakable. In the supporting categories it’s a different story. Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) won supporting actress but wasn’t up against her main competition, Alicia Vikander in The Danish Girl, just as she was at the Golden Globes. Vikander competed in lead here and at the Globes. In their only head to head test so far, SAG, it was Vikander who triumphed. To date, the only person to even lose with a combination of GG and BAFTA has been Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle. Still, SAG is the better precursor overall but it could be a closer race than expected. In supporting actor, Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies) bested Christian Bale (The Big Short) and SAG winner Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) but without frontrunner Sylvester Stallone (Creed) here it’s sort of an empty win.
Spotlight and The Big Short managed single wins in the screenplay categories and Carol, the most nominated film at BAFTA was shut out. This is especially sour as it was also the top nominated film at The Golden Globes this year and was also shut out there.
There wasn’t much in the area of surprise wins here other than the Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer. Most thought Alex Garland (Ex Machina) had that in the bag but instead it went Naji Abu Nowar and Rupert Lloyd, the writer/director and producer (respectively) of the Oscar-nominated Jordanian film Theeb. Ironically, the other surprise was Theeb‘s loss in the Film Not in the English Language category. It lost to Argentina’s Wild Tales. Theeb was the only film of the five nominees to also be Oscar-nominated this year.
Here is the FULL list of 2016 BAFTA winners:
THE REVENANT – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
BROOKLYN – John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
NAJI ABU NOWAR (Writer/Director) RUPERT LLOYD (Producer) Theeb
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WILD TALES – Damián Szifron
AMY – Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
INSIDE OUT – Pete Docter
THE REVENANT – Alejandro G. Iñárritu
SPOTLIGHT – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
THE BIG SHORT – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
LEONARDO DICAPRIO – The Revenant
BRIE LARSON – Room
MARK RYLANCE – Bridge of Spies
KATE WINSLET – Steve Jobs
THE HATEFUL EIGHT – Ennio Morricone
THE REVENANT – Emmanuel Lubezki
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Margaret Sixel
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Jenny Beavan
MAKE UP & HAIR
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD – Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
THE REVENANT – Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EDMOND – Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
BRITISH SHORT FILM
OPERATOR – Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)