Oscars 2015: BAFTA Nominations

The BAFTA nominations were announced. This is the last major guild that can help us gauge interest in the major categories. After this, it’s just specific guilds for specific categories.

Let’s see if this changes anything for next week.

Here are your BAFTA nominations:

Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


The Revenant


So they liked Bridge of Spies.

Carol makes a showing here. That’s helpful for that film next week.

Otherwise, The Revenant and The Big Short are looking really strong for nominations at the moment.

No real revelations here, though.

Best British Film

45 Years



The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

The Lobster! Yes!

Otherwise, yeah. Makes total sense.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Adam McKay, The Big Short

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Damn. Spielberg got a Director nomination too. Interesting. Though they didn’t go chalk here. Tom McCarthy did not get a Director nomination, and Ridley Scott got on instead.

Really curious to see which way the DGA goes on this.

Also, not wholly surprised that Mad Max isn’t here. BAFTA didn’t feel like they’d go for that.

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

This is really starting to look like your final category. Cranston’s hit everything so far. Damon always felt like he’d sneak on. And the other three were always locked.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Shocker. Maggie Smith got a BAFTA nomination.

The other four make total sense. Vikander’s going Supporting for the Oscars because of category fraud. The other three were the three that everyone knew from the start.

Still doesn’t enlighten anything for next week. Two spots still open, and no Charlotte Rampling here either. Gonna be interesting to see if they really do end up going with Helen Mirren. (They won’t actually do that, right?)

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

Bale hit BAFTA and SAG. Looking good for him.

Rylance hit everything. He’s on.

Ruffalo finally got something. Though still no Keaton.

Elba’s hit BAFTA, SAG and the Globes. Hard to imagine he gets left off.

Del Toro finally his something. Not sure if that gets him on.

Michael Shannon, Jacob Tremblay and, to an extent, Stallone and Paul Dano continue to loom.

This is the most interesting of all the acting categories at the moment.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Julie Walters, Brooklyn

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Yeah, Julie Walters!

Winslet, Mara and Vikander are locked (Vikander for a different film, more than likely).

Jennifer Jason Leigh looks like she might sneak on.

Fifth spot still seems open. Jane Fonda hasn’t gotten enough traction. Helen Mirren hit SAG and  the Globes. It could happen, but seems like filler. Rachel McAdams seems like she could sneak in as the Spotlight acting nomination.

Maybe they go off the board? I still think Joan Allen has a slight shot at it. Maybe there’s someone else?

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out


Spotlight is on. Bridge of Spies is on.

Ex Machina has a shot. Hateful Eight seems like a solid contender. Inside Out could go either way.

Other contenders are Straight Outta Compton and Sicario, with Trainwreck having to be in the conversation.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short




Steve Jobs

Can this be the category? I mean, I’d swap Carol for The Revenant, but I’d be very happy with this as your category.

The Martian, Trumbo and Revenant are really the only other alternatives, I’d say.

Best Editing

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Hard to read into this, since Spotlight will get an Editing nomination if they really love it for the win. Bridge of Spies shouldn’t get an Editing nomination. The other four seem likely.

Best Cinematography

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant


Seems like this is gonna be your category.

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

They really like Bridge of Spies, is what I learned here.

Hateful Eight and Star Wars are likely given the composers.

Revenant is ineligible.

Carol looms larger at the Oscars than it does here.

Sicario is a wild card for the Oscars.

Inside Out will factor in more heavily there than here.

Score is a weird one. I need to put more thought into it than just this.

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Best Costume Design




The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

Looks all right to me. (Crimson Peak, though.)

Best Makeup & Hair



The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Well, two of these are shortlisted. So there’s that.

Best Sound

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

These guilds announce next week.

Also, they really like Bridge of Spies, huh?

Best Visual Effects


Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

These are shortlisted. Could be the category, theoretically.

Best Animated Film

Inside Out


Shaun the Sheep Movie

Minions. Jesus.

Best Foreign Language Film

The Assassin

Force Majeure



Wild Tales

Well, at worst, two of these will have been nominated….

Best Documentary


Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

Listen to Me Marlon


Four of them are shortlisted. So there’s that.

Best Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Alex Garland, Ex Machina

Debbie Tucker Green, Second Coming

Naji Abu Nowar + Rupert Lloyd, Theeb

Sean McCallister + Elhum Shakerifar, A Syrian Love Story

Stephen Fingleton, The Survivalist


Best British Animated Short




Uh huh.

Best British Live Action Short


Mining Poems or Odes





Rising Star Award

Bel Powley

Brie Larson

Dakota Johnson

John Boyega

Taron Egerton

The public is voting on this.

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So those are your BAFTA nominations. I see they like Bridge of Spies and Carol. Otherwise nothing here overly surprises me. So nothing is really illuminated for me. But it’ll help for next week.

Oscar nominations in six days. I got some work to do.


5 responses

  1. When it comes to Best Actor, I think Will Smith will take Cranston’s spot. Now hear me out, the Academy have proven in the past, they are fond of Smith, every year there is at least one acting nominee that has had no precursors yet sneaks on for a nomination. Last year it was Bradley Cooper, Laura Dern. In 2013, it was Jonah Hill. In 2012, it was Jacki Weaver. 2011, it was Max von Sydow. The list goes on, and no matter how many precursors an actor hits, there is no guarantee for a nomination. Look at Gyllenhaal last year. Bruhl, Thompson and Hanks in 2013. I just can’t see Cranston getting the nomination really. Oh and I predict Damon will be replaced with Depp, since the Academy has shown a lot of love to him in the past, and much like Will Smith, it’s a return to “Serious” roles.

    January 8, 2016 at 9:25 am

    • He hasn’t been nominated since The Pursuit Of Happyness. He has no guild support and the only critics that support him are the Golden Globes and any African-American group. And to add to that overall lack of industry support, its middling reviews have erased any sort of Oscar contention it may have had.

      I doubt Smith’s chances.

      The only real contenders are DiCaprio, Fassbender, Redmayne, Trumbo, Depp, Damon, and maybe Jordan, McKellen, Attah, and Tremblay (if people came to realize that he’s even more of a lead in Room than Brie Larson).

      January 8, 2016 at 12:46 pm

      • The fatal flaw of that argument is thinking the Academy is going to “realize” anything without immense public scrutiny, and even then only begrudgingly.

        January 8, 2016 at 12:54 pm

      • There’s always hope, no matter how great, white, new, or glorious.

        January 8, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      • January 8, 2016 at 2:40 pm

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