HOLLYWOOD—Well it’s the last precursor in the awards arena for cinema before the Academy Awards take place on Sunday, February 28. Yep, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual ceremony on February 14 and there were plenty of surprises along the way. Stephen Fry played host to the ceremony which was held at London’s Royal Opera House.
“Carol” and “Bridge of Spies” led all contenders with nine nominations apiece, but it was “The Revenant” that reigned supreme. The movie which has been picking up countless awards all season could indeed be the dark horse come Oscar night. The movie picked up awards for Best Film, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and Best Director for Alejandro Inarritu. Other wins for the frontier drama included Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
Brie Larson was victorious for Best Actress for her fantastic performance in “Room.” Now in the Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress races surprises continued to wow awards enthusiasts as Kate Winslet won for her work in “Steve Jobs,” while Mark Rylance picked up his first major prize of the season for Supporting Actor for his work in “Bridge of Spies.”
“Brooklyn” took home the award for Outstanding British Film. The night’s other big winner included “Mad Max: Fury Road” which picked up prizes for Best Make-Up and Hair, Best Editing, Best Production Design and Best Costume Design. In the race for Best Documentary, “Amy” proved victorious. What looks like a shoo-in for the Oscar, “Inside out” continued to be a force to reckon with in the Best Animated Film category. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” got some love this awards season for Special Visual Effects.
On the writing end, both “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” had good weekends. Both flicks won awards at the Writers Guild of America on Saturday in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay races. Sunday night was a repeat for both flicks as Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer won Best Original Screenplay at the BAFTA ceremony and Adam McKay and Charles Randolph won Best Adapted Screenplay.
If Sunday’s BAFTA ceremony was any indicator, it looks like “The Revenant” will give “Spotlight” and “The Big Short” a run for its money for Oscar. When it comes to the acting races, Best Actor and Best Actress are locks for Leo and Brie, but Supporting Actress and Supporting Actor could seriously be one of the biggest surprises in two weeks, Stallone is the favorite, but I see a surprise happening. The same sentiment can be echoed for Alicia Vikander “The Danish Girl.” She’s strong, but Winslet is indeed gaining some momentum in the race.