EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 Winners Announced

Tonight the winners of the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016, or, to the man, woman or grizzly bear on the street, the BAFTAs, were announced at the Royal Opera House in London. As the premier event in the UK’s film calendar, and with all eyes ready to turn toward the Oscars at the end of the month, the results have been eagerly anticipated. But now, the waiting is over, and the winners have been crowned in shimmering, shining, golden masked glory.

The lovely Brooklyn walked away with Outstanding British Film in a field full of sterling cinematic successes like 45 Years, Ex Machina and The Lobster. The gravitation towards British talent one would expect on Blighty’s big night was reflected in the Supporting Actor categories, with Kate Winslet in Steve Jobs and Mark Rylance in Bridge of Spies the beneficiaries against more fancied opposition, and, in the only public vote, John Boyega’s star making turn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens was rewarded against stiff competition from Taron Egerton, Dakota Johnson and Brie Larson. Larson is unlikely to be too disappointed; she won Best Actress for her incredible performance in Room, and is surely favourite to repeat the feat on Oscar night.

Elsewhere the Oscar formbook was similarly followed to the letter. Spotlight and The Big Short were victorious in the Best Original and Adapted Screenplay categories, which, following their respective wins at the WGA Awards, makes their triumph at the Academy Awards all but assured. Best Animated Film went to Pixar’s enchanting Inside Out, as it likely will at the Dolby Theatre. But it is Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu’s Best Director win for The Revenant that will likely resonate loudest beyond this evening. After the surprise DGA swoop, Iñárritu is now dead cert to win the top accolade at the end of the month, and while his film’s Best Film BAFTA may not help Oscar prognosticators in what is the most open race in many years, his leading man Leonardo DiCaprio was perhaps the night’s least surprising, but no less worthy, winner; his almost silent liver-eating beardy masterclass has been the front-runner throughout awards season.

Congratulations to all the winners, commiserations to the fellow nominees and lusty boos from anyone whose BAFTA sweepstakes were upset on the evening. For the full list of award winners see below:

Outstanding British Film

Brooklyn

Best make-up & hair

Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Cinematography

The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Best Documentary

Amy

Best original music

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Best British short film

Operator

Best British short animation

Edmond

Best Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Sound

The Revenant

Best Special Visual Effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

EE Rising Star

John Boyega

Best Supporting Actor

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Best Animated Film

Inside Out

Best Supporting Actress

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Best Costume Design

Mad Max: Fury Road

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Theeb Naji Abu Nowar (write/director) and Rupert Lloyd (producer)

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short

Best Original Screenplay

Spotlight

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

Wild Tales

Best Production Design

Mad Max: Fury Road

BAFTA Fellowship

Sidney Poitier

Best Director

Alejandro G Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Best Actress

Brie Larson – (Room)

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Best Film

The Revenant

David is a filmmaker, artist and failed astronaut from Birmingham, UK. His short films have been shown on BBC TV, at the BFI and at BAFTA. Only bats and small dogs are likely to have seen them. He has written for the stage and has exhibited artwork in Birmingham's municipal art gallery. Few can correctly guess his age, to his occasional annoyance.