“Carol” and “Bridge of Spies” Lead BAFTA Nominations; “JOY” Ignored

The British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) nominations are the last set of nominations we’ll hear from before the Academy’s set next Thursday morning. Save for some wild card nominations (Amy Adams in Big Eyes) they’re usually a very good indicator of where Oscar is headed.

Some surprises here: Carol and Bridge of Spies led the nomination count with 9 each. After underperforming with some of the guilds, this is great news for Carol; Hopefully this translates into the same kind of success with Oscar (though their recognizing Rooney Mara in Supporting Actress is EXTREMELY frustrating).

The Big Short‘s late surge is unstoppable, and a bit bewildering because the reception for the film early on was muted. But it landing a Best Picture and Best Director nomination here essentially cements its status as one of the top films.

Mad Max: Fury Road underperformed here, however, it’s important to note it snagged a lot of tech/below the line nominations. This could translate into support with the bigger categories with the Oscars (American productions like this film tend to get snubbed out of the major categories with BAFTA anyway).

JOY was completely ignored here, thankfully, though I expect at least one or two lone nominations from Oscar just because they love David O.Russell.

Alicia Vikander could potentially be a double Oscar nominee. She’s unexpectedly been winning a lot of traction for Ex-Machina (a film that’s been performing very well in general as of late) but both of her performances in that film and in The Danish Girl were nominated here. While I think hope that they’ll pass on the film entirely, it’s a possibility after today.


Also, where in the WORLD is Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years?! (okay, I’ll stop now).

Take a look at the full list of nominations below. The winners of the BAFTAs will be announced on February 14th.

Best Film: 

  • The Big Short 
  • Bridge of Spies 
  • Carol
  • The Revenant 
  • Spotlight 

Best British Film: 

  • 45 Years 
  • Amy 
  • Brooklyn 
  • The Danish Girl 
  • Macbeth 
  • Ex-Machina
  • The Lobster 

Best Director: 

  • Adam McKay, The Big Short 
  • Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies
  • Todd Haynes, Carol
  • Ridley Scott, The Martian 
  • Alejandro G. Iñárritu, The Revenant 

Best Actor:

  • Bryan Cranston, Trumbo
  • Matt Damon, The Martian
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
  • Michael Fassbander, Steve Jobs 
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl 

Best Actress: 

  • Carol Blanchett, Carol
  • Brie Larson, Room
  • Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn
  • Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van 
  • Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl 

Best Supporting Actor: 

  • Christian Bale, The Big Short 
  • Benicio del Toro, Sicario 
  • Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation 
  • Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight 
  • Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

Best Supporting Actress: 

  • Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight
  • Rooney Mara, Carol
  • Alicia Vikander, Ex-Machina 
  • Julie Walters, Brooklyn 
  • Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs 

Best Adapted Screenplay: 

  • Adam McKay & Charles Randolph, The Big Short 
  • Nick Hornby, Brooklyn
  • Phyllis Nagy, Carol
  • Emma Donoghue, Room
  • Aaron Sorkin, Steve Jobs 

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Matthew Charman, Ethan & Joel Coen, Bridge of Spies 
  • Alex Garland, Ex-Machina 
  • Quentin Tarantino, The Hateful Eight
  • Josh Cooley, Pete Doctor & Meg LeFauve, Inside Out
  • Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer, Spotlight

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer:

  • Alex Garland (Director), Ex-Machina 
  • Debbie Tucker Tucker Green (Director/Writer), Second Coming 
  • Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director), Rupert Lloyd (Producer), Theeb
  • Sean McAllister (Director/Producer), Ehum Shakerifar (Producer), A Syrian Love Story
  • Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director), The Survivalist 

Best Film Not In The English Language:

  • The Assassin, Hou Hsiao-Hsien
  • Force Majeure, Ruben Östlund
  • Theeb, Naji Abu Nowar
  • Timbuktu, Abderrahmane Sissako
  • Wild Tales, Damián Szifron

Best Documentary: 

  • Amy
  • Cartel Land
  • He Named Me Malala 
  • Listen To Me Marlon
  • Sherpa

Best Animated Film:

  • Inside Out
  • Minions
  • Shaun The Sheep

Best Original Music:

  • Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies
  • Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight
  • Ruichi Sakamoto & Carsten Nicolai, The Revenant 
  • Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario
  • John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Best Cinematography: 

  • Janusz Kamiński, Bridge of Spies
  • Ed Lachman, Carol
  • John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant
  • Rodger Deakins, Sicario 

Best Editing:

  • Hank Corwin, The Big Short
  • Michael Kahn, Bridge of Spies
  • Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road
  • Pietro Scalia, The Martian
  • Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant 

Best Production Design: 

  • Adam Stockhausen & Rena DeAngelo, Bridge of Spies
  • Judy Becker & Heather Loeffler, Carol
  • Colin Gibson & Lisa Thompson, Mad Max: Fury Road 
  • Arthur Max & Celia Bobak, The Martian
  • Rick Carter, Darren Gilford & Lee Sandales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Costume Design: 

  • Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn
  • Sandy Powell, Carol
  • Sandy Powell, Cinderella 
  • Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl
  • Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road

Best Make Up & Hair:

  • Brooklyn
  • Carol
  • The Danish Girl
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Revenant

Best Sound:

  • Bridge of Spies
  • Mad Max: Fury Road 
  • The Martian
  • The Revenant
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens 

Best VFX:

  • Ant-Man
  • Ex-Machina
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Rising Star Award:

  • Bel Powley
  • Brie Larson
  • Dakota Johnson
  • John Boyega
  • Taron Egerton