It was a great night for The Revenant at last night’s Stephen Fry-fronted BAFTA ceremony, with the historical drama scooping the Best Film, Best Director and Best Actor gongs. But what were the other winners, and losers, from the UK’s most prestigious awards show? We’ve got the run-down...
Best Film: The Revenant
Beating out competition from The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Carol and Spotlight, gruelling wilderness drama The Revenant walked away with the night’s top prize. Does this mean that the Oscars will follow suit and award their biggest award to an Alejandro G. Inarritu movie for the second year running?
Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio
A welcome win for Leo here for The Revenant. It’s been well documented quite how intense the filming experience was for its actors, with DiCaprio having to sleep naked in a horse carcass, gorge on raw bison liver and traipse through a freezing Canadian river. So, yes, well deserved, Mr D.
Best Actress: Brie Larson
It’s been a stellar year for Brie Larson, with roles in Digging for Fire, Trainwreck and the critically acclaimed Room. Her role as the mum protecting her five-year-old son from the horrors of their imprisonment has been justly lauded and she’s the hot favourite to win the same award at the Oscars.
Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance
No surprise here. Not only has Mark Rylance’s performance been singled out for praise in virtually every review of Bridge of Spies but, well, he’s a Brit. Check out his turn in Steven Spielberg’s compelling Cold War drama for a masterclass in the “less is more” school of movie acting.
Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet
Many people thought it would be Alicia Vikander who’d win for Ex Machina, but BAFTA decided instead to award it to Kate Winslet for her turn in the otherwise ignored Steve Jobs. She looked genuinely surprised when she won, and was congratulated on her walk up by her old-time Titanic co-star Leonardo DiCaprio.
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu
Last year, Alejandro G. Inarritu was beaten to the Best Director BAFTA by Boyhood’s Richard Linklater (Iñárritu later won at the Oscars). Now, he’s nabbed BAFTA’s top directing prize for his work on The Revenant, beating out stiff competition from, among others, Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott.
Outstanding British Film: Brooklyn
There were some outstanding entries in the Outstanding British Film category, along with a rogue duff one (The Lobster? Outstanding British Film? Get outta here!), but all the smart money was on Brooklyn, John Crowley’s touching drama about a young Irish woman's immigration to America.
Rising Star: John Boyega
The only publicly-voted recipient, Boyega proved a popular choice for the Academy’s Rising Star gong. The Peckham-born actor made his big screen debut in 2011 in horror-comedy Attack the Block, but it was as First Order Stormtrooper-made-good Finn in Star Wars: The Force Awakens that has made him a star. Well done, that man.
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