An icy cold Valentine’s Day in London saw the 2016 Bafta Film Awards at the Royal Opera House. Movies In Focus once again braved the cold to cover the red carpet to see the stars arrive for this prestigious night in the awards season calendar.
The area surrounding the Royal Opera House was awash with Hollywood glitz, many of whom didn’t seem to realise that they were taking their sojourn along the red carpet on one of the coldest nights of the year. LA blood doesn’t mix well with the biting British winter. Brooklyn star Saoirse Ronan was the first of the big names to run the gambit of press. Then the floodgates opened and she was joined by the likes of Olga Kurylenko, Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Julianne Moore, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Steven Spielberg, Cate Blanchette, Idris Elba, Rooney Mara, Mark Ruffalo, Emilia Clarke, Bryan Cranston, Leonardo DiCaprio and a whole host of others.
Movies In Focus had the opportunity to chat with Trumbo’s Bryan Cranston, who seemed thrilled to be there. He didn’t think that he’d win but he was happy for the opportunity to attend the ceremony but joked that the big difference between the Baftas was that he kept getting asked to move along so that everyone could get to Michael Fassbender!
This was a year without a clear front runner. It was obvious that The Revenant would take a lot of the main awards (which it won Best Actor, Best Picture, Director and Cinematography) but there was such a wide variety of options, that it was going to be an eclectic night. Mad Max: Fury Road scored a lot of the technical awards, although Star Wars: The Force Awakens nabbed the gold for Special Effects (and lets not forget John Boyega’s EE Rising Star Award).
Stephen Fry once again made for an engaging and witty host and the show moved at a brisk pace. It’s disappointing that Mark Ruffalo didn’t win for Spotlight (I’m just not that impressed by Mark Rylance) and Fassbender needs to pick-up something at one of these ceremony’s soon. Rebel Wilson got plenty of laughs when she announced Best Supporting Actor, while Tom Cruise made yet another surprise appearance to announce Best Film.
It was a Valentine’s Day that showed a lot of love for a wide range of movies, illustrating the wonderful mix of movies that hit screens over the last year. Let’s hope the next 12 months can keep that standard going.
See below for the full list of 2016 Bafta winners:
Best film – The Revenant
Outstanding British film – Brooklyn
Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant
Actress – Brie Larson – Room
Supporting actor – Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Supporting actress – Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Director – Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant
Adapted screenplay – The Big Short
Original screenplay – Spotlight
Animated film – Inside Out
Documentary – Amy
Foreign film – Wild Tales
Cinematography – The Revenant
Costume design – Mad Max: Fury Road
Editing – Mad Max: Fury Road
Make-up and hair – Mad Max: Fury Road
Music – The Hateful Eight
Production design – Mad Max: Fury Road
Sound – The Revenant
Special effects – Star Wars: The Force Awakens
British short animation – Edmond
British short film – Operator
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer – Naji Abu Nowar (writer/director) & Rupert
Rising Star award – John Boyega