It was freezing cold on the BAFTA red carpet this evening – and just as cold inside for anybody involved in Carol.
The film was the big loser of the night despite having bagged, along with Bridge Of Spies, nine nominations. Unlike Bridge Of Spies, it won none. Spielberg’s Cold War thriller won a single gold mask, Best Supporting Actor, which was Mark Rylance’s first ever BAFTA win. And it’s unlikely to be the last.
Feeling the BAFTA love on Valentine’s was The Revenant, which topped the leader board with five wins, including three big ones: Best Film, Director and Leading Actor. It also walked away with the awards for Cinematography and Sound. And nobody was in the least bit surprised.
More of a surprise was that Mad Max:Fury Road grabbed four awards. Production Design, Hair and Make Up, Costume and Editing all went to a film that was clearly popular with BAFTA voters, but curiously didn’t get a Best Film or Best Director nomination. Go figure!
Only one other film managed to get its hands on more than one trophy and that was Star Wars:The Force Awakens. It won Visual Special Effects, but also had the public to thank for its other award, because EE Rising Star went to John Boyega. And it went down a storm with the audience.
Aside from The Revenant in the major categories, Brie Larson was named Leading Actress for Room and Kate Winslet Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs. Original Screenplay went to Spotlight, Adapted Screenplay to The Big Short and Animated Film to Disney’s Inside Out. Outstanding British Film went to Brooklyn. So BAFTA snubbed 45 Years all over again.
As for my predictions, I slipped up in one category and that was Best Supporting Actor. Despite cutting serious dash on the red carpet and attracting more than a little attention from Rebel Wilson, Idris Elba in Beasts Of No Nation missed out. But I can’t and won’t argue with BAFTA’s choice – on this occasion.
The full list of tonight’s winners can be found here.