Winners list for the 69th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA)

The 69th British Academy Film Awards, or simply known as the BAFTA is held yesterday at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in London, UK. Hosted by Stephen Fry again, this is the most prestigious film awards in British cinema and is the second last of the five major Hollywood film awards in the annual awards season run (the last of the five is of course the Oscars which will be held end of this month). Hereby below is the full list of winners for the 69th British Academy Film Awards alongside with my opinions in some of the categories:



Best Film

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies


The Revenant – WINNER


Opinion: ‘The Revenant’ is now gaining momentum very quick with many major trophies taken in. Out of the five, I would also pick ‘The Revenant’. It’s now confirmed to be the battle between ‘Spotlight’ and ‘The Revenant’ for best picture win in the coming Oscars.

Best Leading Actor

Bryan Cranston, Trumbo

Matt Damon, The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant – WINNER

Michael Fassbender, Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne, The Danish Girl

Opinion: 100% sure it’s going to be Leonardo DiCaprio. He swept almost all the leading actor trophies this year since he is overdue and he gave an excellent performance in ‘The Revenant’. Leo, prepare a space on your trophy cabinet for the Oscars next.


Best Leading Actress

Cate Blanchett, Carol

Brie Larson, Room – WINNER

Saoirse Ronan, Brooklyn

Maggie Smith, The Lady in the Van

Alicia Vikander, The Danish Girl

Opinion: Also a very expected result as Brie Larson is taking all the best actress wins in all the previous major awards. She is incredible in ‘Room’ and should be getting ready for her Oscar winning speech too.

Best Director

Todd Haynes, Carol

Alejandro G Iñárritu, The Revenant – WINNER

Adam McKay, The Big Short

Ridley Scott, The Martian

Steven Spielberg, Bridge of Spies

Opinion: Since Alejandro couldn’t win last year for ‘Birdman’ in BAFTA, the British Academy will reward him this year, and he deserved it too for his impressive directorial effort in ‘The Revenant’.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale, The Big Short

Idris Elba, Beasts of No Nation

Benicio Del Toro, Sicario

Mark Ruffalo, Spotlight

Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies – WINNER

Opinion: UK loves Mark Rylance, and so he won despite not winning any trophies for this role in the past major film awards. This is like a bit of a surprise for me as I previously predicted Idris Elba to win since he also won the same award in the SAG not long ago for ‘Beasts of No Nation’.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh, The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara, Carol

Alicia Vikander, Ex Machina

Julie Walters, Brooklyn

Kate Winslet, Steve Jobs – WINNER

Opinion: Since Alicia Vikander’s work in ‘The Danish Girl’ is pushed to leading category while Rooney Mara is not for her role in ‘Carol’, I thought that this is a lock for Rooney Mara. But surprisingly, Golden Globe winner, Kate Winslet triumphed again here. So for the coming Oscars, it’s a tight battle between Alicia Vikander and Kate Winslet while Rooney Mara is still a potential dark horse behind.


Outstanding British Film

45 Years


Brooklyn – WINNER

The Danish Girl

Ex Machina

The Lobster

Opinion: Expected result. Out of all the nominees here, only ‘Brooklyn’ is nominated for Best Picture in the coming Oscars. Hence, it is the clear stand-out in this category.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Alex Garland, director, Ex Machina

Debbie Tucker Green, writer/director, Second Coming

Stephen Fingleton, writer/director, The Survivalist

Sean McAllister, director/producer, Elhum Shakerifar, producer, A Syrian Love Story

Naji Abu Nowar, writer/director, Rupert Lloyd, producer, Theeb – WINNER

Best Documentary


Cartel Land

He Named Me Malala

Listen to Me Marlon


Best Animated Film

Inside Out – WINNER


Shaun the Sheep Movie

Opinion: ‘Inside Out’ won and it is totally deserving. The best animation movie last year. I’m actually surprised that ‘Minions’ got nominated.

Best Film not in the English Language

The Assassin

Force Majeure



Wild Tales – WINNER

Best Original Screenplay

Bridge of Spies, Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Ex Machina, Alex Garland

The Hateful Eight, Quentin Tarantino

Inside Out, Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve

Spotlight, Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer -WINNER

Opinion: Expected ‘Spotlight’ to take this but my preference is actually ‘Bridge of Spies’, ‘Ex Machina’ or even ‘Inside Out’.

Best Adapted Screenplay

The Big Short, Adam McKay, Charles Randolph -WINNER

Brooklyn, Nick Hornby

Carol, Phyllis Nagy

Room, Emma Donoghue

Steve Jobs, Aaron Sorkin

Opinion: Also expected ‘The Big Short’ to take this but my preference is ‘Room’.

Best Original Music

Thomas Newman, Bridge of Spies

Ennio Morricone, The Hateful Eight – WINNER

Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai, The Revenant

Jóhann Jóhannsson, Sicario

John Williams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Cinematography

Janusz Kamiński, Bridge of Spies

Ed Lachman, Carol

John Seale, Mad Max: Fury Road

Emmanuel Lubezki, The Revenant – WINNER

Roger Deakins, Sicario

Opinion: Wow…Emmanuel Lubezki is going to be taking his third consecutive Oscars as he gave in another incredible cinematography work last year on ‘The Revenant’.

Best Editing

Hank Corwin, The Big Short

Michael Kahn, Bridge of Spies

Margaret Sixel, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Pietro Scalia, The Martian

Stephen Mirrione, The Revenant

Opinion: Finally, a win for ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’, a major favourite last year. The movie should be now starting to get a lot of awards in technical categories.

Best Production Design

Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo, Bridge of Spies

Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler, Carol

Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Arthur Max, Celia Bobak, The Martian

Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Opinion: Yes, Mad Max again. But I actually prefer ‘Bridge of Spies’ to take this one.

Best Costume Design

Odile Dicks-Mireaux, Brooklyn

Sandy Powell, Carol

Sandy Powell, Cinderella

Paco Delgado, The Danish Girl

Jenny Beavan, Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Opinion: Mad Max again. The movie certainly dominates in technical categories. I would have prefer ‘Cinderella’ to win.

Best Make-up and Hair

Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn, Brooklyn

Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan, Carol

Jan Sewell, The Danish Girl

Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin. Mad Max: Fury Road – WINNER

Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini, The Revenant

Opinion: Mad Max again as well. My preference would be ‘The Danish Girl’ for the extremely exquisite transformation work from make-up and hair-styling especially for the main lead actor, Eddie Redmayne into a woman.

Best Sound

Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom, Bridge of Spies

Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White, Mad Max: Fury Road

Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor, The Martian

Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom, The Revenant – WINNER

David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson, Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best Special Visual Effects

Ant-Man, Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke

Ex Machina, Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst

Mad Max: Fury Road, Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams

The Martian, Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan – WINNER

Opinion: Box office hit, Star Wars: The Force Awakens must be taking at least one award home. And so here it comes.

Best British Short Animation

Edmond, Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy – WINNER

Manoman, Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol

Prologue, Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton

Best British Short Film

Elephant, Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith

Mining Poems or Odes, Callum Rice, Jack Cocker

Operator, Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan – WINNER

Over, Jörn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister

Samuel-613 Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

Bel Powley

Brie Larson

Dakota Johnson

John Boyega – WINNER

Taron Egerton

Opinion: Brie Larson is for best actress straight and so doesn’t need to care for this one. John Boyega is the only black person in this category and to avoid being criticized like the Oscars for being racist (in favour of all Whites), UK voters made a decision to prevent that from happening. Hence, John Boyega win. I didn’t think he gave in any really great performances last year. I would have prefer Taron Egerton to take this actually.


(Images in this post are from various sources throughout the world wide web)


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