Oscar Derby Special: BAFTA

Otherwise known as Oscar Derby Update: British Edition

Last night was the 69th annual British Academy Film Awards. The overlap between the BAFTAs and the Academy Awards is low, but considering “momentum” is an invaluable concept in the Oscar Derby, I’m going to touch on it briefly.

Even with the low overlap, the BAFTAs do have a credible history of turning out some surprise wins in random categories that make people think twice going forward to the Oscars. This year that could end up being the 4 awards for Mad Max: Fury Road (which were Editing, Production Design, Costume Design, and Hair & Make-up.)

Otherwise you may notice that many of these categories are beginning to more and more look the same. Best Actor, Best Actress, and both screenplay categories are the same as they’ve been for guild awards. Meanwhile The Revenant won 5 awards — and pretty much all of them were expected by this point (Director, Film, Lead Actor, Cinematography, and Sound.)

Here’s the list of nominees and winners (with only occasional comment):


Outstanding British Film 

The Danish Girl


Ex Machina


45 Years

The Lobster

I really love the BAFTAs for having a difference between “Outstanding British Film” and “Outstanding Film” in addition to their award for “Outstanding Film Not In the English Language.” And I especially love that Brooklyn actually won! It was one of my favorite movies I saw this year, and so I was pleasantly surprised to see it get some love — I would have expected Ex Machina to take it.


Outstanding Film 

The Revenant


Bridge of Spies

The Big Short


I’m still not completely convinced this means The Revenant can definitely beat Spotlight, but this does make it more and more of a close call.


Outstanding Director 

Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant)

Adam McKay (The Big Short)

Steven Spielberg (Bridge of Spies)

Ridley Scott (The Martian)

Todd Haynes (Carol)


Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer 

Sean Mcallister, Elhum Shakerifar (A Syrian Love Story)

Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd (Theeb)

Debbie Tucker Green (Second Coming)

Stephen Singleton (The Survivalist)

Alex Garland (Ex Machina)

No Alex Garland. Huh. Ok.

I’m now wondering if this helps Theeb at all in the Oscar’s Best Foreign Picture race… Probably not? But from my perspective, this was certainly an unexpected win.


Outstanding Leading Actor 

Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)

Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)

Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)

Matt Damon (The Martian)

Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)


Outstanding Leading Actress 

Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van)

Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)

Cate Blanchett (Carol)

Brie Larson (Room)

Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)


Outstanding Supporting Actress 

Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)

Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)

Julie Walters (Brooklyn)

Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)

Rooney Mara (Carol)

Genuinely surprised by the lack of love for Alicia Vikander.


Outstanding Supporting Actor 

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)

Wait a second — you’re telling me Domhnall Gleeson couldn’t even get a nomination from the BAFTAs??? But he could easily take Christian Bale’s place! I mean… let’s be clear: it’s not like I necessarily need the young Gleeson to win or anything… but it would’ve been nice to recognize— ya know what? I’m fixing this for myself. Here we go:

Outstanding Supporting Actor 

Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)

Christian Bale (The Big Short)

Domhnall Gleeson (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Revenant, Brooklyn, and Ex Machina 1)

Mark Rylance (Bridge of Spies)

Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)

Benicio Del Toro (Sicario)

Mark Rylance was very good.


Outstanding Original Screenplay 

Inside Out (Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve)

The Hateful Eight (Quentin Tarantino)

Ex Machina (Alex Garland)

Bridge of Spies (Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen & Joel Coen)

Spotlight (Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer)


Outstanding Adapted Screenplay 

The Big Short (Adam McKay & Charles Randolph)

Steve Jobs (Aaron Sorkin)

Brooklyn (Nick Hornby)

Carol (Phyllis Nagy)

Room (Emma Donoghue)


Outstanding Cinematography 

Mad Max: Fury Road (John Seale)

The Revenant (Emmanuel Lubezki)

Sicario (Roger Deakins)

Carol (Ed Lachman)

Bridge of Spies (Janusz Kaminski)

This is Emmanuel Lubezki’s fourth BAFTA, by the way.


Outstanding Editing

The Big Short (Hank Corwin)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Margaret Sixel)

Bridge of Spies (Michael Kahn)

The Revenant (Stephen Mirrione)

The Martian (Pietro Scalia) 


Outstanding Original Score

The Hateful Eight (Ennio Morricone)

Bridge of Spies (Thomas Newman)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (John Williams)

Sicario (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

The Revenant (Ryuichi Sakamoto & Alva Noto)


Outstanding Production Design 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson)

The Martian (Arthur Max & Celia Bobak)

Carol (Judy Becker & Heather Loeffler)

Bridge of Spies (Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bernhard Henrich)


Outstanding Costume Design 

Brooklyn (Odile Dicks-Mireaux)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Jenny Beavan)

The Danish Girl (Paco Delgado)

Cinderella (Sandy Powell)

Carol (Sandy Powell)


Outstanding Make-Up and Hair

Brooklyn (Morna Ferguson & Lorraine Glynn)

The Revenant (Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini)

Mad Max: Fury Road (Lesley Vanderwalt & Damian Martin)

The Danish Girl (Jan Sewell)

Carol (Jerry Decarlo, Patricia Regan, Morag Ross)


Outstanding Visual Effects 


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max: Fury Road 

The Martian

Ex Machina


Outstanding Sound Design 

The Revenant

Mad Max: Fury Road

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Bridge of Spies

The Martian


Outstanding Documentary Film 


Listen to Me Marlon

He Named Me Malala


Cartel Land


Outstanding Animated Film 

Shaun the Sheep Movie


Inside Out


Outstanding British Short Animation





Outstanding British Short Film 


Mining Poems or Odes





Outstanding Film Not in the English Language

The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)

Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)

Wild Tales (Damián Szifron)

Theeb (Naji Abu Nowar)


Rising Star Award

Taron Egerton

John Boyega

Dakota Johnson

Brie Larson

Bel Powley

You can view the complete list here as well.

  1. Even though he’s technically a lead in Ex Machina. But I’m willing to let it go in favor of the general idea of him being Outstanding Cast Support. Honestly this all has more to do with the fact that I’ve realized it’s kind of frustrating that we have no way to award actors who find themselves in situations just like this one. Because doesn’t it make some level of sense that an actor who performs consistently outstanding in a series of roles over a single year deserves an award for the cumulative work just as much as an actor with equal — or less — screentime who turns in a single, but arguably splashier performance?