‘Bridge of Spies,’ ‘Carol’ Lead BAFTA Nominations
Cold War drama Bridge of Spies and Carol look set for a big night at the 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards after scooping nine nominations each. Tom Hanks’ drama, which has been largely snubbed in awards nominations so far, was a surprise frontrunner when the BAFTA shortlist was read out by awards host Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw in London on Friday morning.
Bridge of Spies has been nominated for Best Film, Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance, Best Director for Steven Spielberg, Best Original Screenplay for Matt Charman and Joel and Ethan Coen, plus a number of technical categories. Carol landed nods for Best Film, Leading Actress for Cate Blanchett, Supporting Actress for Rooney Mara, Best Director for Todd Haynes and Best Adapted Screenplay for Phyllis Nagy, among others. Other Best Film nominees include The Revenant, which follows closely behind with eight nods, The Big Short and Spotlight, while 45 Years, Amy, Brooklyn, The Danish Girl, Ex Machina and The Lobster are up for the Outstanding British Film prize. Eddie Redmayne will have to compete against Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant), Bryan Cranston (Trumbo), Matt Damon (The Martian) and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs) to earn the Best Actor BAFTA for The Danish Girl. Blanchett is up against Brie Larson (Room), Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn), Maggie Smith (The Lady in the Van) and Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) in the Leading Actress category. Winners will be announced at London’s Royal Opera House on February 14. The main nominees are as follows: Best Film: Carol The Revenant Spotlight The Big Short Bridge of Spies Best Leading Actor: Bryan Cranston – Trumbo Matt Damon – The Martian Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl Best Leading Actress: Cate 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 Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs Julie Walters – Brooklyn Rooney Mara – Carol EE Rising Star Award: John Boyega Taron Egerton Dakota Johnson Brie Larson Bel Powley Outstanding British Film: 45 Years Amy Brooklyn The Danish Girl Ex Machina The Lobster Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant Todd Haynes – Carol Ridley Scott – The Martian Adam McKay – The Big Short Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies Best Original Screenplay: Matt Charman, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen – Bridge of Spies Alex Garland – Ex Machina Quentin Tarantino – The Hateful Eight Josh Cooley, Pete Docter and Meg LeFauve – Inside Out Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer – Spotlight Best Adapted Screenplay: Charles Randolph and Adam Mckay – The Big Short Nick Hornby – Brooklyn Phyllis Nagy – Carol Emma Donoghue – Room Aaron Sorkin – Steve Jobs.