Nominations for EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 Announced

With the awards season now in full swing, today the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were announced. Awarded by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, the awards have, since their inception in 1949, recognised dear old Blighty’s cinematic triumphs, but since moving from a post-Oscars berth in April to a pre-Oscar slot in February in 2002, they have taken on an even greater international prestige. This has also led to criticism of overlooking more deserving homegrown talent in favour of second guessing possible Academy Award nominees, and is frequently the source of minor controversy. This year’s list, full of laudable inclusions but notable exclusions, will likely prove no different.

Pleasant surprises include Ridley Scott’s Best Director nomination for the wildly entertaining The Martian, his best film in years rewarded with a total of six nominations, tying with the lovely Brooklyn. Ex Machina follows its BIFA awards success with five nominations, the same as more fancied awards fare The Big Short and The Danish Girl. In fact it marks a good showing for genre cinema, with the widely praised Mad Max: Fury Road securing seven nominations, behind only The Revenant with eight, as well as Bridge of Spies and Carol, which each receiving nine.

However Charlotte Rampling’s omission for Best Actress for her devastating performance in 45 Years is glaring, precisely the type of thoughtful human turn in a superlative UK production the British Academy should be considering. Señor Spielbergo’s directorial nomination seems based more on past reputation than current work (while Spies is an assured, fun and well made film, its direction is more workmanlike than, say, George Miller’s commanding vision in Fury Road.) And as ever the Best British Film list contains a much more diverse, interesting and exciting list than the more predictable Best Film category. In a remarkably strong year for British film, the two tier system, where a film can be “best of British” or “best full-stop” but it can’t be both, seems even more disappointing and restrictive.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday 14 February 2016 at the Royal Opera House.  The full list of nominations is as follows:

BEST FILM

THE BIG SHORT

BRIDGE OF SPIES

CAROL

THE REVENANT

SPOTLIGHT

 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

45 YEARS

AMY

BROOKLYN

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 MCALLISTER (Director/Producer)

ELHUM SHAKERIFAR (Producer) A Syrian Love Story

STEPHEN FINGLETON (Writer/Director) The Survivalist

 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE ASSASSIN

FORCE MAJEURE

THEEB 

TIMBUKTU

WILD TALES

 

DOCUMENTARY

AMY

CARTEL LAND

HE NAMED ME MALALA

LISTEN TO ME MARLON

SHERPA

 

ANIMATED FILM

INSIDE OUT

MINIONS

SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE

 

DIRECTOR

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

 

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

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

BRIDGE OF SPIES Janusz Kamiński

CAROL Ed Lachman

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD John Seale

THE REVENANT Emmanuel Lubezki

SICARIO Roger Deakins

 

EDITING

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

 

SOUND

BRIDGE OF SPIES

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE MARTIAN

THE REVENANT

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

ANT-MAN

EX MACHINA

MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

THE MARTIAN

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

EDMOND

MANOMAN

PROLOGUE

 

BRITISH SHORT FILM

ELEPHANT

MINING POEMS OR ODES

OPERATOR

OVER

SAMUEL-613

 

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

BEL POWLEY

BRIE LARSON

DAKOTA JOHNSON

JOHN BOYEGA

TARON EGERTON

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.