69th British Academy Film Awards

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69th British Academy Film Awards
Date14 February 2016
SiteRoyal Opera House, London
Hosted byStephen Fry
Best FilmThe Revenant
Best British FilmBrooklyn
Best ActorLeonardo DiCaprio
The Revenant
Best ActressBrie Larson
Most awardsThe Revenant (5)
Most nominationsBridge of Spies and Carol (9)

The 69th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 14 February 2016 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2015.[1] Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2015.[2]

The nominations were announced on 8 January 2016 by Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Bridge of Spies and Carol received the most nominations at nine each.[3][4] Despite leading the field in nominations, Carol failed to win any awards and Bridge of Spies won just one; Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor.

The Revenant won the most awards at the ceremony with five, including Best Film, Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. Brie Larson won Best Actress for Room and Kate Winslet won Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs. Mad Max: Fury Road won four awards; Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Production Design. Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2015. Sidney Poitier was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contribution to cinema.[5]

The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One and was watched by 4.5 million viewers, down from 4.9 million in 2015 and the lowest television audience since 2010.[6]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Director winner
Leonardo DiCaprio, Best Actor winner
Brie Larson, Best Actress winner
Mark Rylance, Best Supporting Actor winner
Kate Winslet, Best Supporting Actress winner
Tom McCarthy, Best Original Screenplay co-winner
Adam McKay, Best Adapted Screenplay co-winner
John Boyega, EE Rising Star Award winner

The nominees were announced on 8 January 2016.[3][4] The winners were announced on 14 February 2016.[4][7]

BAFTA Fellowship[edit]

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema[edit]

Best Film Best Director

The RevenantSteve Golin, Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, and Keith Redmon

Alejandro G. IñárrituThe Revenant

Best Actor in a Leading Role Best Actress in a Leading Role

Leonardo DiCaprioThe Revenant as Hugh Glass

Brie LarsonRoom as Joy "Ma" Newsome

Best Actor in a Supporting Role Best Actress in a Supporting Role

Mark RylanceBridge of Spies as Rudolf Abel

Kate WinsletSteve Jobs as Joanna Hoffman

Best Original Screenplay Best Adapted Screenplay

Tom McCarthy and Josh SingerSpotlight

Adam McKay and Charles RandolphThe Big Short

Best Cinematography Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Emmanuel LubezkiThe Revenant

Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) and Rupert Lloyd (Producer) – Theeb

Outstanding British Film Best Documentary

BrooklynJohn Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Nick Hornby, and Amanda Posey

AmyJames Gay-Rees and Asif Kapadia

Best Original Music Best Sound

The Hateful EightEnnio Morricone

The RevenantLon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernández, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, and Randy Thom

Best Production Design Best Special Visual Effects

Mad Max: Fury RoadColin Gibson and Lisa Thompson

Star Wars: The Force AwakensChris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, and Neal Scanlan

Best Costume Design Best Makeup and Hair

Mad Max: Fury RoadJenny Beavan

Mad Max: Fury RoadDamian Martin and Lesley Vanderwalt

Best Editing Best Film Not in the English Language

Mad Max: Fury RoadMargaret Sixel

Wild Tales

Best Animated Film Best Short Animation

Inside OutPete Docter

EdmondNina Gantz and Emilie Jouffroy

Best Short Film EE Rising Star Award

Operator – Caroline Bartleet and Rebecca Morgan

  • ElephantNick Helm, Alex Moody, and Esther Smith
  • Mining Poems or Odes – Jack Cocker and Callum Rice
  • Over – Jeremy Bannister and Jörn Threlfall
  • Samuel-613 – Cheyenne Conway and Billy Lumby

John Boyega

Ceremony information[edit]

The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One at 9 p.m. GMT, around two hours later than the actual ceremony. For the eleventh time, Stephen Fry acted as the host. The ceremony commenced with a segment commemorating the year in film, which was accompanied by the song "Heroes" by David Bowie, who had died the previous month. Highlighting that the ceremony was being held on Valentine's Day, the ceremony showed a kiss cam where random celebrities such as Dame Maggie Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio were persuaded by Fry to kiss each other.[10] Fry also received a number of negative comments after he said of Best Costume Design winner Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road) as "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady". He subsequently deleted his Twitter account following criticism of his joke.[11]

A number of presenters referred to the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards. Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen both made jokes referring to the controversy.[12] Sidney Poitier was not present to collect his fellowship due to ill health.[5] Jamie Foxx and Poitier's daughter, Sydney Tamiia Poitier, presented the award to him in person at his home in Los Angeles. Noel Clarke, Lulu, and Oprah Winfrey paid tribute to him in a filmed segment.

The In Memoriam section featured Sir Alan Rickman, Melissa Mathison, Andrew Lesnie, Maureen O'Hara, Gayle Griffiths, Haskell Wexler, Colin Welland, James Horner, David Bowie, Ron Moody, June Randall, Julie Harris, Frank Finlay, Philip French, Vilmos Zsigmond, Albert Maysles, Richard Johnson, Wes Craven, Jacques Rivette, Penelope Houston, Tommie Manderson, Christopher Wood, Saeed Jaffrey, Sheila Sim, and Sir Christopher Lee.

Awards breakdown[edit]

Most wins
Most nominations

In Memoriam[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "EE British Academy Film Awards: Key Dates and Rules Published". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 5 August 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  2. ^ "EE British Academy Film Awards information". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  3. ^ a b Barraclough, Leo (5 August 2015). "BAFTA Reveals Key Dates for Film Awards to Be Held in 2016". Variety. Retrieved 12 October 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Bafta Film Awards 2016: Winners". BBC News. 14 February 2016. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  5. ^ a b Lodderhose, Diana (14 February 2016). "'The Revenant,' Leonardo DiCaprio Dominate BAFTA Awards". Variety. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  6. ^ Revoir, Paul (15 February 2016). "Bafta ceremony pulls in lowest TV audience in six years". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  7. ^ Brown, Mark; Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (14 February 2016). "Baftas 2016: The Revenant and Mad Max maul competition as Carol snubbed". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  8. ^ "Sidney Poitier to be Honoured with BAFTA Fellowship". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 12 January 2016. Retrieved 12 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Angels Costumes to Receive the BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema". British Academy of Film and Television Arts. 18 January 2016. Retrieved 18 January 2016.
  10. ^ Lee, Benjamin; Bradshaw, Peter; Beech, Peter; Shoard, Catherine (15 February 2016). "Baftas 2016: 10 things we learned". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  11. ^ Lee, Benjamin (14 February 2016). "Stephen Fry hits back at criticism of Baftas 'bag lady' joke: 'She got it. Derrr'". The Guardian. Retrieved 15 February 2016.
  12. ^ Loughrey, Clarisse (15 February 2016). "BAFTAs 2016: Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen's speeches tackle diversity debate". The Independent. Retrieved 15 February 2016.

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