It’s that time of year again when the British Academy of Film and Televison Arts (or BAFTA – much easier) aims to give a much needed boost to an ailing movie industry that’s been suffering from poor box office returns and – oh, hang on, it’s all okay, isn’t it? Star Wars: The Force Awakens has come out, hasn’t it?
Seriously though, I’ve been watching the BAFTAs each year as far back as I can remember, and while they’ve always seemed like a pale imitation of the Oscars – not quite as many A-list stars there to collect awards, less glitz and glamour, no song and dance routines (thankfully) – the evening has always been entertaining for trying to count the number of times a British connection can be made to a movie from another country. And it’s always interesting, especially last year with Still Alice (2014), to see a movie nominated for an award but which wasn’t released in the UK in the previous year (I wonder how many there’ll be this year).
Here then are the nominations in each of the main categories. The ones highlighted in bold are the ones I think will win. The ones highlighted in italics are the ones I think should win. If there’s no movie highlighted in italics then the one in bold is my choice for both.
The Big Short; Bridge of Spies; Carol; The Revenant; Spotlight
Outstanding British Film
Amy; Brooklyn; The Danish Girl; Ex Machina; 45 Years; The Lobster
The Big Short; Brooklyn; Carol; Room; Steve Jobs
Bridge of Spies; Ex Machina; The Hateful Eight; Inside Out; Spotlight
Bryan Cranston – Trumbo; Matt Damon – The Martian; Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant; Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs; Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
Cate Blanchett – Carol; Brie Larson – Room; Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn; Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van; Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Christian Bale – The Big Short; Benicio del Toro – Sicario; Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation; Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight; Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight; Rooney Mara – Carol; Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina; Julie Walters – Brooklyn; Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Todd Haynes – Carol; Alejandro González Iñárritu – The Revenant; Adam McKay – The Big Short; Ridley Scott – The Martian; Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies