Reactions coming in following the announcement of the BAFTA nominations.
Carol – 9 Nominations
“We are thrilled for Todd Haynes Phyllis Nagy and the entire Carol team and of course the magnificent Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara on the eve of the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles that BAFTA has chosen to honour the film in such an incredible way with nine nominations! Its fitting that with such strong UK connections at the initial development stage and especially with the incredible support of Film 4 throughout the entire process that the film has gained such an overwhelming endorsement from BAFTA. We would also like to thank our American producing partner Christine Vachon and Killer films. Our UK distributor Studio Canal. But especially the BAFTA voters. Thank you.” – Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number9 Films
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Bridge of Spies– 9 Nominations
“Thank you very much for this nomination. My scenes were pretty much all with Tom Hanks who was not only a joy to support in his subtle and generous performance but also a great teacher through example about film acting. It was hard to go wrong with such a wonderful script and with a true genius directing. I’m delighted that the BAFTA judges have nominated so many of the creative team who made this beautiful film.” – Mark Rylance, Supporting Actor
Room – 2 Nominations
“Thank you BAFTA for this wonderful acknowledgment. I’m proud to be a part of a film that has touched so many people around the world and to share this moment with Lenny, Emma, Jacob and the entire cast and crew of Room.” – Brie Larson, Leading Actress nomination
“I’m over the moon to be nominated for a BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay for Room. As a first-timer, to find myself in the company of such superb scriptwriters is an honour I’ll never forget. But much of the credit should go to our extraordinary director Lenny Abrahamson, my teacher and mentor in filmcraft. I’m also delighted that BAFTA has recognised the astounding performance of Brie Larson.” – Emma Donoghue, Adapted Screenplay nomination
Shaun the Sheep – 1 Nomination
“I’m chuffed to bits! Very proud of the film, my co-writer/director Mark Burton, and delighted for the Aardman crew who brought the film to life.” – Richard Starzak, Animated Film nomination
Brooklyn / The Lady in the Van – 6 Nominations/ 1 Nomination
“It couldn’t be a better start to the year than to hear the news of the hugely well deserved BAFTA nominations for Brooklyn (Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Leading Actress – Saoirse Ronan, Supporting Actress – Julie Walters, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair) and The Lady in the Van (Leading Actress – Maggie Smith). It has been wonderful to see audiences and critics embrace Brooklyn and The Lady in the Van, and we are proud to also receive this recognition from our industry colleagues. BBC Films extend our congratulations to the cast and filmmakers.” – Christine Langan, BBC Films
The Revenant – 8 Nominations
“I am thrilled our film has been recognized by BAFTA and I want to thank them for this honor. I am so happy for Leo, Tom and our entire cast and crew whose passion and hard work on this film was unparalleled.” Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Film4 – 22 Nominations
“We are delighted that seven of our films have been honoured with a record number of BAFTA nominations this morning. They are a perfect example of the bold, inspirational voices that Film4 is known for backing – each film has been expertly crafted by exceptionally gifted writers, filmmakers and actors. It is enormously gratifying to see our belief in their unique talent recognised by BAFTA and its members in this way. Congratulations to all the filmmakers and all our many partners who helped bring these extraordinarily films into being.” David Kosse, director of Film4
BFI – 7 Nominations
“It’s good to see a number of excellent British films and filmmakers across the Outstanding British and Outstanding Debut categories, and at the BFI we are particularly proud to have helped the prodigiously talented teams behind six of today’s nominated films. BFI Lottery investment supports the UK’s independent sector, where so many of our brightest stars are born, and where talented teams work with extraordinary tenacity and skill to bring their stories to the screen. Making a film isn’t easy, making a good film is even harder, so in what has been a fantastic year for British film we tip our hats to all the nominees whose commitment to great cinema is rightly recognised today – and indeed all those involved in our industry and making films of which the UK can be immensely proud.” Ben Roberts, BFI Film Fund Director
Hanway Films– 15 Nominations
“We couldn’t be more proud of the 15 nominations for Brooklyn and Carol! Together with the Golden Globe and Independent Spirit Nominations it’s been a great ride so far!
It’s incredibly exciting for our friends at Wild Gaze and No 9!” Thorsten Schumacher, Hanway Films Managing Director
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