BAFTA gives a big boost to “The Revenant”

Leo DiCaprio the revenant
Yesterday, some of the final shots in the Oscar race were fired, including a big one when The Revenant scored with the British Academy (known to us as BAFTA). Yes, we had BAFTA announce yesterday, and they more or less made it clear that Alejandro G. Inarritu and his film are the frontrunners in Best Picture now, along with Best Director being wrapped up in a neat little package. Those still backing The Big Short or Spotlight can point to some of their previous wins in order to hold out hope, but with the two likely to split the non Revenant vote, it seems like we know more or less how the major categories will turn out. Now, we just have to wait and see it unfold with Oscar.

Before we hit on what happened with BAFTA, I’ll quickly mention that the Writers Guild of America (or WGA) gave out their awards the night before and continued the coronations of Spotlight in Original Screenplay as well as The Big Short in Adapted Screenplay. They seem safe in those categories with the Academy, even if they seem to be falling short in Picture. We also had the American Society of Cinematographers (or ASC) give out their award, citing Emmanuel Lubezki again and locking him into another Academy Award. Best Cinematography at the Oscars, much like the Screenplay categories, is now a done deal. Mark it down.

As for BAFTA, the night was split more or less between wins for The Revenant and wins for Mad Max: Fury Road in the technical categories. Is that what will happen with Oscar? Quite possibly, though that’s more or less the only remain question marks we have. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brie Larson won once again here in Best Actor and Best Actress, respectively, while Kate Winslet proved she was the viable alternative to Alicia Vikander in Best Supporting Actress. Some might try to make the case that the Mark Rylance win in Best Supporting Actor means something, but without Sylvester Stallone nominated here, I still think the latter is the clear frontrunner. Inarritu took director, Spotlight and The Big Short hit in the Screenplay categories, and among the tech fields not split by the aforementioned films, The Hateful Eight won for Ennio Morricone’s score and Star Wars: The Force Awakens took the Visual Effects prize. You’ll see all the winners below, but those were the ones of true note…

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Here now is the full list of BAFTA winners:

BEST FILM

“The Revenant” – Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon

DIRECTOR

“The Revenant” – Alejandro G. Inarritu

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

“Spotlight” – Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

“The Big Short” – Adam McKay and Charles Randolph

LEADING ACTOR

Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Revenant”

LEADING ACTRESS

Brie Larson – “Room”

SUPPORTING ACTOR

Mark Rylance – “Bridge of Spies”

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Kate Winslet – “Steve Jobs”

ORIGINAL MUSIC

“The Hateful Eight” – Ennio Morricone

CINEMATOGRAPHY

“The Revenant” – Emmanuel Lubezki

EDITING

“Mad Max: Fury Road” – Margaret Sixel

PRODUCTION DESIGN

“Mad Max: Fury Road” – Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson

COSTUME DESIGN

“Mad Max: Fury Road” – Jenny Beavan

MAKEUP & HAIR

“Mad Max: Fury Road” – Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin

SOUND

“The Revenant” – Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor, and Randy Thom

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” – Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

“Wild Tales” – Damian Szifron

DOCUMENTARY

“Amy” – Asif Kapadia and James Gay-Rees

ANIMATED FILM

“Inside Out” – Pete Docter

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

“Brooklyn” – John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey and Nick Hornby

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) “Theeb”

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

“Edmond” – Nina Gantz and Emilie Jouffroy

BRITISH SHORT FILM

“Operator” – Caroline Bartleet and Rebecca Morgan

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (VOTED FOR BY THE PUBLIC)

John Boyega

Stay tuned to see if Oscar reflects these winners!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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