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BAFTA Nominations: 'Bridge Of Spies', 'Carol' Lead; 'Spectre' Snubbed; Little 'Room' – Full List

The nominations for this year’s BAFTA Film Awards were announced this morning in London. Steven Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and Todd Haynes’ Carol lead the field with nine nods each. Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s The Revenant follows with eight. In the Best Film category, they are joined by The Big Short, and Spotlight.

The Best British Film category includes Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, Andrew Haigh’s Berlin entry 45 Years, John Crowley’s Irish immigrant drama Brooklyn, Tom Hooper’s drama The Danish Girl, Alex Garland’s big BIFA winner Ex Machina and Yorgos Lanthimos’ Cannes pic The Lobster. Although the James Bond franchise has not traditionally been a major winner here, it’s surprising to see Spectre come up entirely empty-handed across the nominations board — Skyfall won the Best British Film prize in 2013. BAFTA chief Amanda Berry says she thinks it’s difficult for returning films “to keep getting nominations,” and cites the Harry Potter franchise as an example. She is quite pleased, however, at the abundance of British talent throughout the roster unveiled today. “This very small nation is well represented,” she says.

While Room, Lenny Abrahamson’s critically lauded drama, was not eligible in the British category, it has only two nominations here: Best Actress for Brie Larson and Adapted Screenplay for Emma Donoghue. The film has not yet been released in the UK, though it had a spot at the London Film Festival in October. Universal has a host of offshore rights on the pic which heads to the Golden Globes this weekend with three nominations. U also saw The Danish Girl and Steve Jobs grab nods, notably in the acting categories, as well as Minions in animated feature.

In the directing race, The Big Short‘s Adam McKay is a BAFTA newcomer with the Paramount film that is fast rising on the awards circuit. Haynes is also competing for the first time. Spielberg has been here and won before, as has Ridley Scott — whose The Martian has six nods in what is a strong BAFTA crop for Fox. Iñárritu was a nominee in the same race last year and is back for The Revenant.

The acting categories largely match the Golden Globe races this weekend. Alicia Vikander is a standout with nominations in Lead and Supporting for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina. Surprising neverthless not to see Charlotte Rampling or Tom Courtenay here for 45 Years.

The Weinstein Co, with Carol and The Hateful Eight (three nods) had a good morning as did Film4 which backed Carol and six other films which scored a total 22 nominations. Warner Bros’ Mad Max: Fury Road picked up seven mentions; Disney has mentions for Inside Out, Ant-Man and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The blockbuster, which recently overtook Spectre as the top grossing movie released in the UK in 2015, has four nominations: Production Design, Sound, Original Music and Special Visual Effects.

BAFTA can often be a harbinger of what’s to come at the Oscars. But this year, the Foreign Language race at least is not matching up. Timbuktu and Wild Tales were AMPAS nominees last year while Force Majeure missed a 2015 nomination and The Assassin missed the shortlist this year. Theeb is the only potential repeat.

The Oscar nominations are next on January 14. The BAFTAs take place a month later on February 14, hosted by Stephen Fry in London.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

BEST FILM
THE BIG SHORT: Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
BRIDGE OF SPIES: Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
CAROL: Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
THE REVENANT: Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
SPOTLIGHT: Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
45 YEARS: Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
AMY: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
BROOKLYN: John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
THE DANISH GIRL: Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
EX MACHINA: Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
THE LOBSTER: Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou

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: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
FORCE MAJEURE: Ruben Östlund
THEEB: Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
TIMBUKTU: Abderrahmane Sissako
WILD TALES: Damián Szifron

DOCUMENTARY
AMY: Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
CARTEL LAND: Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
HE NAMED ME MALALA: Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald
LISTEN TO ME MARLON: Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
SHERPA: Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson

ANIMATED FILM
INSIDE OUT: Pete Docter
MINIONS: Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

DIRECTOR
THE BIG SHORT: Adam McKay
BRIDGE OF SPIES: Steven Spielberg
CAROL: Todd Haynes
THE MARTIAN: Ridley Scott
THE REVENANT: Alejandro G. Iñárritu

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: Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
THE MARTIAN: Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
THE REVENANT: Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
ANT-MAN: Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
EX MACHINA: Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
THE MARTIAN: Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS: Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EDMOND: Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
MANOMAN: Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
PROLOGUE: Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton

BRITISH SHORT FILM
ELEPHANT: Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
MINING POEMS OR ODES: Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
OPERATOR: Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
OVER: Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
SAMUEL-613: Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
BEL POWLEY
BRIE LARSON
DAKOTA JOHNSON
JOHN BOYEGA
TARON EGERTON

  1. Thought I think the franchise doesn’t get the recognition it deserves as both anchor and leading brand of the British film industry, if SKYFALL didn’t figure in the BAFTA voting then round-the-block-again SPECTRE was less than likely to make a showing.

    In CASINO ROYALE’s year I put Daniel Craig at the top of my nominations, for his acing of the biggest challenge in the acting profession. I don’t think he even made the shortlist.

  2. Btw, despite BAFTA’s efforts to make its awards into a close satellite bathing in the reflected light of the Oscars, the membership does show a dogged perversity in its voting.

  3. No nomination for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD as BEST FILM?

    It’s been nominated by the Producer’s Guild of America for their
    PGA ‘Best Film of 2015’ Award. It’s received a Golden Globe
    Nomination as ‘Best Picture – Drama.’ It’s an American Film Institute 2015 ‘Movie of the Year’ selection. The National Board of Review named it the Best Motion Picture of the Year. It was named in both the prestigious ‘The Village Voice Poll’ (over 125 film critics across the United States voted) and the ‘Indiewire 2015 Critics Poll’ (over 200 film critics Across the world voted) as the ‘Best Film of the Year.’ At the San Sebastian Film Festival, it won The National International Federation of Film Critics’ Grand Prix Award as the ‘Best Film of the Year,’ voted on by 493 of the world’s top film critics.

    The film was selected as the Best Film of 2015 by: ‘The Online Film
    Critics Society,’ ‘The Chicago Film Critics Society,’ ‘The Austin Film Critics Association,’ ‘The Boston Online Film Critics Association,’ ‘The San Diego Film Critics Society,’ ‘The Utah Film Critics Association,’ ‘The Kansas City Film Critics Circle,’ ‘The Florida Film Critics Circle,’ ‘The A.V. Club Best Films of 2015’ and ‘The Film Stage.’

    MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was also the ‘Best Picture of the Year’ Runner-up selection by the following critics groups: “The New York Film Critics Circle,” “The Los Angeles Film Critics Association,”
    “The Boston Society of Film Critics,” “The Dublin Film Critics Circle,”
    “The Oklahoma Film Critics Circle,” and “The Toronto Film Critics Circle.”

    Did the film not play in the U.K.? Did BAFTA Members not get screeners? Perhaps they were too busy to attend screenings? Funny – it did warrant 7 ‘technical’ nominations. What does this remind me of? Oh, a little film called “The Dark Knight.” Some things never change.

    1. Mad Max Fury Road was an interminable action film with no interesting characters, dialogue and plot; which critics love simply because an old white man made it. If Justin Lin had made the exact same film it would have been written off as eye-candy for the Pacific nations.

      There, I said it.

    2. Thanks for the long list reminder of MM being the most over-praised movie of the year. The emperor’s new (actually old) clothes). the movie stops and reverses back to where it started which would induce howls of derision if Michael Bay did it. Charlize was great though.

  4. Any other year I would say The Big Short was the clear and obvious Oscar frontrunner with all the key BAFTA noms and noms by Actors, Editors, Writers and Producers Guilds… But it just doesn’t seem like a film people love.

    1. Couldn’t agree more. Charlotte Rampling should have had Alicia Vikander’s spot.

      Also, did I miss something remarkable in Bridge of Spies??

      1. I felt the same way with BRIDGE OF SPIES the first time I saw it. Upon a second viewing, I realized Spielberg was telling the story from the POV of an attorney. A gutsy move, but even he admits the film is anything but a spy film. And while it was a good, subtle achievement upon a second viewing, the bottom line is that 2015 was filled with a lot of great films that seemed to have been overlooked here. Where’s SICARIO, STEVE JOBS, TRUMBO, MR. HOLMES, STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON, BEASTS OF NO NATION, CREED and, of course, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD over some of these films in the Best Pic, Director, Acting categories? Some were recognized, others ignored.

      1. Actually there was a 45 Years screener, it was in Curzon’s box set, and an iTunes code for it went out about three weeks earlier. Ex Machina and Star Wars are the only two nominated features in any category that weren’t sent as DVD screeners (except a couple of the nominees for Outstanding debut, which are selected and voted for by a committee and not the general membership). Ex Machina was sent as a download only, and Star Wars obviously wasn’t sent out in any format.

        If not enough members saw 45 Years to nominate it then it was not for lack of opportunity.

        1. You are right, and I missed it in the pile. Now I feel bad. That said, there’s too many movies all at once, impossible to see them all.

  5. No nomination for George Miller as Best Director, for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD??

    Here are organizations that named George Miller Best Director of 2015 for MAD MAX: FURY ROAD: “The Los Angeles Film Critics Association,” “The Village Voice Film Poll 2015”, “The Indiewire 2015 Critics Poll”, “The Online Film Critics Society,” “The Chicago Film Critics Society,” “The Washington D.C. Film Critics Association,” “The Boston Online Film Critics Association,” “The San Diego Film Critics Society,” “The San Francisco Film Critics Circle, “The Austin Film Critics Association,” “The Kansas City Film Critics Circle (The Robert Altman Award for Best Director),” “The Utah Film Critics Association,” “The Florida Film Critics Circle,” “The Southeastern Film Critics Association,” “Indiana Film Journalist Association,” “Detroit Film Critics Society,” “The Phoenix Film Critics,” “The Vancouver Film Critics Circle,” “The Black Film Critics Circle” and “The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.”

    Currently, George Miller is nominated in the category of ‘Best Director’ with the following organizations for their pending Award Ceremonies: * The ‘Golden Globe’ Awards, * The Critics Choice Awards,* The Alliance of Woman Film Journalists, * The Denver Film Critics Society, *Georgia Film Critics Association, * Houston Film Critics Society, * 36th London Critics’ Circle Film Awards
    * Seattle Film Awards

    BAFTA’s nominees are intended to reflect the very best artistic achievements in 2015. Miller didn’t set out to make a film only to end up showered with accolades. He achieved an artistic vision beyond his hopes and expectations, AND beyond dreams of the most sophisticated audiences. For these reasons Miller’s absence in Best Director Category is an embarrassment for BAFTA. Inexplicable on their part, betraying a lack of understanding regarding what true cinema is.

  6. The competition this year is quite large with no clear cut frontrunners. There are simply not enough nominations to cover this body of work. As such, every list with leave out worthy work.
    The BAFTA nominations will not vary much from the Oscar noms. BAFTA does have the advantage of Best Film and Best British Film which add more to the mix.

    So for me, and I know the work was small in total numbers of shots compared to the nominated films, I hoped Revenant would get a visual effects nod. The volume of shots may have been under 1000, but the impact of those shots was off the charts.

  7. Another ridiculous organization. Yet another group that turned (because they werent always this way) into an Oscar predictor.

    Why isn’t the award for Best Film the ONLY film award? Why separate Best Film (to predict the oscars) from Best Brittish Film (to justify calling ourselves the brittish academy)? Your own freaking award for your people isnt the most important award of the night? And the films nominated there arent as important as the american films you do nominate in other categories such as acting directing and writing? Unless theres a super popular brittish film and THEN it can compete with americans….at the Brittish Awards?

    It will never make sense. If 45 Years is such a good brittish film at the brittish academy awards, why isnt Charlotte Rampling nominated? O Tom Courtenay?

  8. The BAFTA nominations are disappointing and glaringly safe. I am actually appalled. Mad Max: Fury Road was by far my favorite film of 2015 (and the best). I’ve seen all of these films too. Jennifer Lawrence was phenomenal in Joy and she belongs in the Best Actress category. In fact, she deserved to win. No one came close to topping her performance.

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