Oscars 2015: BAFTA Awards

They’ve given out the BAFTA Awards. Which means we have all the information we’re gonna get in order to pick the Oscars. There are like five guilds left to announce, but for the most part, we have everything we need and now have two weeks to mull it over.

The BAFTAs, I’ve learned, are helpful, but usually in the sense of guessing when the Academy is going to falter. Or to back up what we already know. So we’ll take this a category at a time and see where it leaves us.

Here are the results of the 69th (hooray, immaturity!) BAFTA Awards:

Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


The Revenant


Winner: The Revenant

Well, shit’s definitely interesting. This is 2006 all over again. When BFCA, BAFTA, PGA all went different places.

And whose film won the Oscar? Leo’s.

And the one with the Best Director candidate who was locked.


  • PGA, SAG Ensemble: Little Miss Sunshine
  • BAFTA: The Queen
  • Globe: Babel
  • BFCA: The Departed

The Departed wins the Oscar (after winning DGA).


  • PGA: The Big Short
  • BAFTA, Globe: The Revenant
  • BFCA, SAG Ensemble: Spotlight

Gonna be a fun two weeks, trying to guess this.

Best British Film

45 Years



The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

Winner: Brooklyn

It’s the one that’s nominated for Best Picture. Makes complete sense. Most of the time, the Best Picture nominee is going to win this.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Adam McKay, The Big Short

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Winner: Alejandro G. Inarritu, The Revenant

Of course. He can’t lose the Oscar. He can’t. Plus, he didn’t win for Birdman last year, so this was an easy vote for them.

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Winner: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant

Shit’s locked, man.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Winner: Brie Larson, Room

Wow. Thought they might not do that because she’s an American. Well, there’s another category locked.

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

Winner: Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies

They clearly loved the film. Did enough people see Beasts of No Nation to vote for Elba?

At least this makes the Oscars more interesting. Somewhat.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Julie Walters, Brooklyn

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

Winner: Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs

A Globe and a BAFTA win. you’d think she’d be a bigger contender for the Oscar, but Vikander seems to have this shit locked. I’d love to see her win, but this seems like a case of “only because Vikander wasn’t here.”

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

The Hateful Eight

Inside Out


Winner: Spotlight

Of course. Screenplay categories are a given this year.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short




Steve Jobs

Winner: The Big Short

Of course.

Also, McKay just won a WGA Award, so he must have had a long ass flight last night to get here in time.

Best Editing

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

So it’s gonna win all the technical awards yet not be nominated for Picture or Director. Okay.

Also makes that Big Short win less likely. Revenant also not looking strong. (P.S. I wrote this as the show was happening, so I don’t know the Best Picture outcome yet.)

The Oscar is gonna go to this or Big Short. Really depends on how they want to vote. Still, I like narrowing a category down to two choices. Makes my life easier.

Best Cinematography

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant


Winner: The Revenant

Chivo is 3 for 3. I don’t see how he loses the Oscar.

Best Original Score

Bridge of Spies

The Hateful Eight

The Revenant


Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Winner: The Hateful Eight

Yeah, I don’t see how Morricone loses the Oscar. I think the last time the Globe, BFCA and BAFTA all matched and that didn’t go the same way as the Oscar was… 2005? Memoirs of a Geisha won both and then Brokeback won the Oscar. So it could happen, but it’s Morricone. Hard to vote against him.

Best Production Design

Bridge of Spies


Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Mad Max.

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Of course. There’s no way this can lose. This is gonna sweep a lot of the techs come Oscar night.

Best Costume Design




The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Yeah. Can’t see Cinderella winning at the Oscars. This movie swept all the precursor costume awards so far. Guild still has yet to announce. So we’ll see what they do.

Best Makeup & Hair



The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Winner: Mad Max: Fury Road

Interesting. This could be your actual winner. I’m just assuming Revenant wins purely because of all the scars and shit, but when you think about it, Mad Max is the one that makes the most sense. So that’ll be a 50/50 choice to mull over the next two weeks.

Best Sound

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Winner: The Revenant

Okay. Weird how Max loses this. I guess because it’s a western?

But sure.

Oscars love big and loud. So I can’t see this actually happening. Maybe a Mixing/Editing split. But Mixing should go to Max.

Best Visual Effects


Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Winner: Star Wars: The Force Awakens


Maybe the streak is in jeopardy. Maybe it’s just the BAFTAs.

It did shoot in the UK, so maybe that’s why they voted for it. Who knows. But shit… VES and BAFTA wins… it could take it down.

Best Animated Film

Inside Out


Shaun the Sheep Movie

Inside Out can’t lose.

Winner: Inside Out

It had a Screenplay nomination. There was no way it wasn’t going to win. Also no way it loses the Oscar.

Best Foreign Language Film

The Assassin

Force Majeure



Wild Tales

Winner: Wild Tales

Well this was meaningless.

Best Documentary


Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

Listen to Me Marlon


Winner: Amy

This isn’t losing the Oscar.

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

Winner: Theeb


Best British Animated Short




Winner: Edmond


Best British Live Action Short


Mining Poems or Odes




Winner: Operator


Rising Star Award

Bel Powley

Brie Larson

Dakota Johnson

John Boyega

Taron Egerton

Winner: John Boyega

The public voted. Clearly this was gonna happen.

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One response

  1. Very surprised to see that Charlotte Rampling wasn’t even nominated

    February 14, 2016 at 1:34 pm

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