Thoughts on BAFTA 2016 Winners

Bafta TrophyThe BAFTAs were last night and I have some thoughts on the winners. I didn’t watch the BAFTAs on BBC One as I was engrossed in my book (A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab if you’re interested) but I followed along on Twitter so I knew pretty much who all the winners were before the show even started on the TV.

I don’t know how much the BAFTAs will be a guess as to what the Oscars winners will be, history dictates that there’s usually some crossover but who knows. But I was pretty OK with most of last night’s winners. The two big nominees that I have yet to see are Brooklyn and Steve Jobs so I can’t really comment on those that much.

Now onto the stuff I can and want to talk about. First up Best Film, I can understand why The Revenant won, it’s got all the things voters love – it was tough to make, cast and crew could’ve died etc etc but I really would’ve liked any of the other nominees to win, especially Spotlight. That film really touched a chord with me so I kind of want it to win everything it’s been nominated for so I was really pleased when it won Best Original Screenplay. The same point can be made with Alejandro G Inarritu’s Best Director win for The Revenant, I get why he won but really I wanted any of the other nominees to win more.

The acting categories are always interesting. Leonardo DiCaprio was pretty much a shoe-in to win Best Actor, I don’t think The Revenant was his best work and if he goes on to win the Oscar, a part of me thinks it will be a bit like a “we’re finally giving you the Oscar and we don’t really care what film it’s for” Oscar. I’m so happy Brie Larson won Best Actress for Room, gosh she was amazing in that film and she was my favourite out of the nominees. Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies which I was happy about, would’ve liked Mark Ruffalo to win for Spotlight because I love Ruffalo but I’m happy about Rylance’s win. Like I said, I haven’t seen Steve Jobs so I can’t comment on Kate Winslet’s performance but I really hoped Alicia Vikander would’ve won for ExMachina.

I was surprised (but pleased) by how many awards Mad Max: Fury Road won. I loved that film a ridiculous amount so it see Margaret Sixel win Best Editing for it was amazing. One of the reasons I liked Mad Max: Fury Road so much was because it didn’t look like your usual quickly-edited-so-you-can’t-really-see-what’s-happening action films and that was down to Margaret Sixel. Mad Max: Fury Road also one Best Costume Design, Best Production Design and Best Make Up and Hair and were all worthy of the prize.

I also want to talk about the EE Rising Star Award. This Award is the one BAFTA that is voted for by the public it’s always an interesting one. I’m so happy John Boyega won! To be honest I’d have kind of been OK if any of the other four nominees won but Boyega has a special place in my heart. He gave a great speech and I’m still so happy for him.

Did you watch the BAFTAs last night? Do you get caught up in awards buzz or don’t you care that much? Let me know if there was anyone you’d wished have won below

The full list of winners:

Best Film
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
The Revenant – WINNER

Outstanding British Film
45 Years
Brooklyn – WINNER
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Matt Damon – The Martian
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant – WINNER
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl

Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room – WINNER
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Maggie Smith – The Lady in the Van
Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl

Supporting Actor
Christian Bale – The Big Short
Benicio del Toro – Sicario
Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies – WINNER

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

Todd Haynes – Carol
Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant – WINNER
Adam McKay – The Big Short
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Adapted Screenplay
The Big Short – WINNER
Steve Jobs

Original Screenplay
Bridge of Spies
Ex Machina
The Hateful Eight
Inside Out
Spotlight – WINNER

Animated Film
Inside Out – WINNER
Shaun the Sheep Movie

Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen to Me Marlon

Foreign Film
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Wild Tales – WINNER

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Revenant – WINNER

Costume Design
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The Martian
The Revenant

Make-up and Hair
The Danish Girl
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The Revenant

Bridge of Spies
The Hateful Eight – WINNER
The Revenant
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Production Design
Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bridge of Spies
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
The Revenant – WINNER
Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Special Visual Effects
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
The Martian
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – WINNER

British Short Animation
Edmond – WINNER

British Short Film
Mining Poems or Odes
Operator – WINNER

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 – WINNER
Sean McAllister (director/producer) & Elhum Shakerifar (producer) – A Syrian Love Story
Stephen Fingleton (writer/director) – The Survivalist

Rising Star Award
John Boyega – WINNER
Taron Egerton
Dakota Johnson
Brie Larson
Bel Powley

Fellowship Recipient – Sir Sidney Poitier
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Angels Costumes

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