‘The Revenant’ Wins Big at the BAFTA Awards
Leonardo DiCaprio’s revenge thriller The Revenant was the big winner at the 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday. The drama looks set for Oscars glory following a stellar night at the British awards show, where it scored five prizes for Best Movie, Best Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu, Best Cinematography and Best Sound.
In his acceptance speech, DiCaprio wished his mother a happy birthday and praised his co-star Tom Hardy, adding, “Tom, I want to thank you for your fierce loyalty as a friend… I could not have done this without you.” Mad Max: Fury Road, which stars Hardy in the lead male role, was another big winner with four trophies for Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hair and Best Editing. Kate Winslet scored a Best Supporting Actress prize for Steve Jobs and told reporters that awards still mean a big deal to her, saying, “I just feel so grateful to still be doing this job. I really am – I’ve been doing it since I was 15 and I still love it as much as I did then, actually probably even more because I know how hard it is to pull it off and juggle everything with life… It really does mean so much to me.” When asked about preparing an Oscars speech, she replied, “Oh my God, do you have to even ask that question?! I keep not preparing them at all, I’m so convinced I’m not winning any of these things. It’s completely overwhelming.” Mark Rylance won Best Supporting Actor for Bridge of Spies, while Star Wars: The Force Awakens actor John Boyega scooped the fan-voted Rising Star Award and Sir Sidney Poitier was honored with the Fellowship prize. Other movie winners included Inside Out for Best Animated Film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens for Best Special Visual Effects, Brooklyn for Outstanding British Film and Amy for Best Documentary. The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Fry from London’s Royal Opera House. The full winners are as follows: Best Film: The Revenant Outstanding British Film: Brooklyn Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu – The Revenant Best Leading Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant Best Leading Actress: Brie Larson – Room Best Supporting Actor: Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies Best Supporting Actress: Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs EE Rising Star Award: John Boyega Best Original Screenplay: Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer – Spotlight Best Adapted Screenplay: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph – The Big Short Best Original Music: Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight Best Animated Film: Inside Out Best Documentary: Amy Best Film Not in the English Language: Wild Tales Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Theeb Best Cinematography: Emmanuel Lubezki – The Revenant Best Special Visual Effects: Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan – Star Wars: The Force Awakens Best Production Design: Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson – Mad Max: Fury Road Best Costume Design: Jenny Beavan – Mad Max: Fury Road Best Makeup and Hair: Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin – Mad Max: Fury Road Best Sound: Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernández, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom – The Revenant Best Editing: Margaret Sixel – Mad Max: Fury Road Best Short Film: Operator Best Short Animation: Edmond BAFTA Fellowship: Sir Sidney Poitier Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Angels Costumes