69th British Academy Film Awards
|69th British Academy Film Awards|
|Date||14 February 2016|
|Site||Royal Opera House, London|
|Hosted by||Stephen Fry|
|Best Film||The Revenant|
|Best British Film||Brooklyn|
|Most awards||The Revenant (5)|
|Most nominations||Bridge 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, to honour the best British and international contributions to film in 2015. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality screened at British cinemas in 2015.
The nominees were announced on 8 January 2016 by Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw, with Bridge of Spies and Carol both having the most nominations at nine each. The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One with a two-hour delay. The ceremony was watched by 4.5 million viewers, down from 4.9 million in 2015 and the lowest television audience since 2010.
Despite leading the field in nominations with nine each, Carol failed to win any awards and Bridge of Spies won just one; Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor. The American film The Revenant won the most awards at the event, winning five including Best Film. Director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won the award for Best Director, Emmanuel Lubezki for Best Cinematography and Leonardo DiCaprio won the award for Best Actor. Other winners in the acting categories included Brie Larson, who won Best Actress for her role in Room, and Kate Winslet, who won Best Supporting Actress for her role in Steve Jobs. Mad Max: Fury Road won four BAFTAs in the editing, production design, costume design and makeup and hair categories. Sidney Poitier was awarded the Academy Fellowship for his contribution to cinema.
The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One at 9 pm GMT, around two hours later than the actual ceremony. For the 11th year in a row, 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 Di Caprio were persuaded by Fry to kiss each other. Fry also received a number of negative comments after he said of Best Costume Design winner Jenny Beavan 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.
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. Sidney Poitier was not present to collect his fellowship due to ill health. Jamie Foxx and Poitier's daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier presented the award to him in person at his home in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey, Lulu and Noel Clarke paid tribute to him in a filmed segment.
The In Memoriam section featured 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 Christopher Lee.
Winners and nominees
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
Multiple wins and nominations
- 9 nominations: Bridge of Spies and Carol
- 8 nominations: The Revenant
- 7 nominations: Mad Max: Fury Road
- 6 nominations: Brooklyn and The Martian
- 5 nominations: Ex Machina, The Big Short and The Danish Girl
- 4 nominations: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
- 3 nominations: Sicario, Spotlight, Steve Jobs and The Hateful Eight
- 2 nominations: Amy, Inside Out, Room and Theeb
- 5th AACTA International Awards
- 22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 36th Golden Raspberry Awards
- 21st Critics' Choice Awards
- 70th Tony Awards
- 73rd Golden Globe Awards
- 88th Academy Awards
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