BAFTA Awards: 'The Revenant' Tops Night With Best Film Win; Much Love For 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

Fox’s The Revenant took charge of the marquee categories to take a leading five wins including Best Film and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio at the BAFTA Film Awards tonight at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden. Director Alejandro G Iñárritu, who missed out here last year with Birdman (though he made up for it at the Oscars), won the Director prize this time. Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki won for a third consecutive year, and the pic also nabbed the Sound award. Lubezki’s feat of three wins in a row is matched only by Oswald Morris, in ’64, ’65 & ’66.

DiCaprio and Brie Larson won again in the top actor and actress categories, which further cements their front-runner status.

“This is an insane thing that is absolutely beyond my control,” DiCaprio said backstage of The Revenant‘s success. “The epic art house movie is becoming extinct and there’s a desire from audiences around the world” to see those movies. “Hopefully, more films like this will get financed around the world.”

Larson wasn’t in attendance, in a jungle somwhere shooting Kong: Skull Island. The key awards stop also had to do without BAFTA Fellowship winner Sidney Poitier, Bridge Of Spies Supporting Actor winner Mark Rylance, The Revenant‘s Lubezki and The Hateful Eight‘s Original Score winner Ennio Morricone.

Mad Max: Fury Road was another big winner tonight with four trophies in the technical categories — Costume Design, Makeup & Hair, Production Design and Editor for Margaret Sixel — which could signal what’s to come at the Oscars. The other main technical category, Special Visual Effects, went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

A total of 14 films took prizes, but there was no love for Carol, which had nine noms to co-lead the pack going in with Bridge Of Spies. The latter left with only one prize, for Rylance. Kate Winslet took Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs.

The Adapted and Original Screenplay races were won by The Big Short and Spotlight, respectively, just like they were the night before at the WGA Awards. The guild tweaked its order of awards for the BAFTA nominees so they could hop a flight over and make it in time. Turns out it was worth the jet lag.

There were several references Sunday to the ongoing diversity discussion surrounding the Oscars. Outside on the pre-show Royal Opera House red carpet, a small group of protesters carried signs labeled #baftablackout to protest the ceremony. Inside, Sacha Baron Cohen of course helped lead the charge with a pair of cracks as he presented the Leading Actress award: “BAFTA has shown none of the discrimination that the Oscars have. BAFTA makes sure every year that at least one of the nominees for Best Actress is a dame.” Then, “The nominees for Best WHITE actress goes to…” before emcee Stephen Fry rushed out, shouting, “No, no, it’s just LEAD actress.”

Rebel Wilson earlier got into the act: “I’ve never been invited to the Oscars because as you know they are racist, but the BAFTAs have diverse members and that’s what we all want to see in life isn’t it? Diverse members.”

Check out our live blog of how the ceremony played out, with the full list of winners below:

BEST FILM
THE REVENANT
Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon

LEADING ACTOR
LEONARDO DICAPRIO
The Revenant

LEADING ACTRESS
BRIE LARSON
Room

DIRECTOR
THE REVENANT
Alejandro G. Iñárritu

PRODUCTION DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WILD TALES
Damián Szifron

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
SPOTLIGHT
Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
THE BIG SHORT
Adam McKay, Charles Randolph

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
NAJI ABU NOWAR (Writer/Director) RUPERT LLOYD (Producer)
Theeb

COSTUME DESIGN
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Jenny Beavan

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
KATE WINSLET
Steve Jobs

ANIMATED FILM
INSIDE OUT
Pete Docter

SUPPORTING ACTOR
MARK RYLANCE
Bridge Of Spies

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

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS
Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan

SOUND
THE REVENANT
Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom

EDITING
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Margaret Sixel

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
EDMOND
Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy

BRITISH SHORT FILM
OPERATOR
Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan

ORIGINAL MUSIC
THE HATEFUL EIGHT
Ennio Morricone

DOCUMENTARY
AMY
Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees

CINEMATOGRAPHY
THE REVENANT
Emmanuel Lubezki

MAKE UP & HAIR
MAD MAX: FURY ROAD
Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
BROOKLYN
John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby

  1. Leave to the British to hit every single award spot on. Lookin at that list of winners I have to concur with every single award handed out thus far. THE BIG SHORT is far and away the best adapted screenplay, and Brooklyn is the best British film in that category. Also loving John Boyega as best new young star, Revenant for cinematography which was absolutely gorgeous, and for Sound, and lastly, The Hateful Eight for its timely musical score.

  2. first: wrong on the sacha cohen flap, fry dashed out because cohen was going straight to the envelope without introducing the nominees…second: cohen’s tossing the race bait, was perhaps the least effective, certainly the least imaginative try in recent memory, retailng if for his own aggrandizement with no evident concern for or commitment to anything past that.

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