Monday, February 15, 2016

BAFTA loves Revenant, Mad Max, & Titanic Reunion

The British celebrated Valentine's Day by giving out a few awards at the BAFTAs though they showed shockingly little love for homegrown talent. First, the list of winners:

Best Film:
The Revenant
Best British Film: Brooklyn
Best Director: Alejandro González Iñarritu, The Revenant
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress: Brie Larson, Room
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs
Best Original Screenplay: Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Big Short
Best Foreign Language Film: Wild Tales
Best Documentary: Amy
Best Animated Film: Inside Out
Best Film Editing: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Cinematography: The Revenant
Best Costume Design: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Makeup & Hair: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Original Music: The Hateful Eight
Best Sound: The Revenant
Best Visual Effects: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Best British Debut: Naji Abu Nowar & Rupert Lloyd, Theeb
Orange Rising Star: John Boyega

As I had predicted, The Revenant and Brooklyn won both Film Awards with the first film coming out on top with 5 wins overall including Directing and Actor. Suffice it to say, it's become the favorite to win those same categories at the Academy Awards and like the movie itself, we just have to bear it until it ends. Brooklyn's lone win along with Winslet (yay!) and Rylance winning supporting trophies were the few wins that went to homegrown talent as the awards took on a highly non-British tilt. It was most evident by the wins for DiCaprio and Larson in spite of strong British opposition in their categories as well as the strong showing of Mad Max: Fury Road with four wins. Screenplay awards, increasingly becoming the consolation prizes of the season, went to the two other Oscar favorites Spotlight and The Big Short. It was a "spread the wealth" kind of night though a few major films went home empty-handed (Carol, The Martian, The Danish Girl).

In terms of what these awards mean for the Oscars, you can probably bet your house on DiCaprio, Larson, Amy for Documentary, Inside Out for Animated Film, the two screenplay awards for Spotlight and The Big Short and for Mad Max: Fury Road to pick up AT LEAST 3 technical awards. The Revenant looks likely to win Picture/Director and Winslet has at least a 50/50 chance to win Supporting against Vikander. In terms of my predictions, I went a low 12/22 since I predicted MORE films picking up hardware and for the British to actually champion British talent, but ALAS.

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