BAFTA 2016 Results
BAFTA resultsThe 2016 edition of the annual British Academy Film Awards, known affectionately by its abbreviated moniker BAFTA, has come and gone, and the results in each of the categories are now in at last. Two films took the majority of the awards this year. No, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" was not one of these pair of award-winning titans, though not entirely surprisingly they did receive at least more than one nod. While bloodthirsty "The Revenant" and apocalyptic "Mad Max: Fury Road" took home many of the top honors, other films also received some recognition despite all of the oxygen in the room having been sucked away by these two mega-winners of 2016.
Film Heavyweight "The Revenant" Cleans Out the HouseDirector Alejandro G. Inarritu was a one-award out of 10 nominations winner from last year with his iconic "Birdman," but this year, he shattered his prior year's film performance nod with "The Revenant." This took the cake and most of the crumbs as well when it snagged five different major prizes. "The Revenant" grabbed such heavyweight awards as Best Film award, Best Leading Actor, and Best Director. Besides this, the film also won Best Cinematography and Best Sound Production. It could hardly have gone any better for "The Revenant."
"Mad Max: Fury Road" Takes the Consolidation PrizesGeorge Miller also had a good Valentine's night at the BAFTA's. Surely he was cheerily toasting his four BAFTA awards, the second greatest number of them given out in this year's 2016 ceremony. Among Miller's proud triumphs were the BAFTA for Costume Design award, Production Design award, Editing award, and Make-Up and Hair Award. This makes it the best awarded Mad Max film to date.
Films That Left Empty HandedSome of this year's big movies and their directors did not leave so cheerfully. "The Martian," "Carol," "The Danish Girl," and "Ex-Machina" all came with high hopes, saw them completely dashed, then left with empty hands in pockets by the end of the BAFTA's award ceremony Valentine's night.
Other Award Winning Films of the 2016 BAFTA'sOther films managed to capture a few less important awards after "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road" took home most of the best prizes. Best Actress award went to Brie Larson in her applauded performance that she carried off in "Room." She was called one of the best actresses of her generation by the man who accepted the award on her behalf Lenny Abrahamson.
"Bridge of Spies" picked up a single BAFTA award as well. Mark Rylance garnered the Best Supporting Actor for this film in his first BAFTA movie nomination and first win also. The Best Supporting Actress award went to Kate Winslet. She celebrated her third BAFTA award with this year's win for her portrayal in the movie "Steve Jobs."
Other awards went to films that were happy to walk away with anything in the long shadows of "The Revenant" and "Mad Max: Fury Road." The Outstanding British Film award was given to "Brooklyn" and Director John Crowley. This 1950's tale of Irish immigrants starred Saorise Ronan. Best Adapted Screenplay award went out to "The Big Short" to the writers Adam McKay and Charles Randolph. This was another film that was lucky to walk away with anything at all. Best Original Screenplay landed in the laps of Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for their work on "Spotlight." Disney and its bought out subsidiary Pixar walked away with the coveted Best Animation award for animated cartoon "Inside Out."
Lesser awards went out to some deserving films as well. Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director, or Producer award landed in the lap of Naji Abu Nowar the Jordanian Director. In winning this award, it beat out the better known Alex Garland film, "Ex Machina." Best Special Visual Effects award went without much surprise to Roger Guyett, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan, and Paul Kavanagh for their work on greatest blockbuster grossing film of all time, "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." The publicly voted unique award for EE Rising Star also went out to the latest "Star Wars" film. Finally, Best Short Film award was handed to Caroline Bartleet and her Kickstarter crowdfunded film "Operator," and Best Short Animation award landed with "Edmond."