Sunday’s BAFTAs could be a preview of the Oscars in two weeks time thanks to a significant overlap between the two academies — upwards of 500 voters belong to both. So, it is not surprising then that the BAFTA Best Picture has gone on to repeat at the Academy Awards for six of the previous seven years.
The exception to this rule was last year when BAFTA embraced “Boyhood” giving it both Picture and Director (Richard Linklater) while spurning eventual Oscar champ “Birdman,” which won only one of its 10 BAFTA bids (Cinematography). British academy voters made it up to “Birdman” triple Oscar winner Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu this year by showering his new film, “The Revenant,” with five awards, including Best Picture.
Who else among this year’s Oscar hopefuls was most helped and hurt by the BAFTA Awards?
GOOD NEWS FOR …
After losing the top prize with both the PGA and SAG, this critics darling rallied to win Best Picture here as well as Best Director, Actor (Leonardo DiCaprio), Cinematography and Sound. This boost could not have come at a better time as Oscar voting kicked off last Friday (Feb. 12) and runs till Feb. 23.
“Mad Max: Fury Road”
Though it had been snubbed in the marquee categories, this seven-time nominee claimed four awards: Costume Design, Film Editing, Makeup & Hairstyling, and Production Design. That win for costumes by two-time past BAFTA champ Jenny Beavan was a surprise as another two-time winner, Sandy Powell, was favored in this race for either “Carol” or “Cinderella.”
Brie Larson (“Room”)
This ingenue keeps on adding Best Actress trophies to her mantle. She is all but certain to repeat at the Oscars. One can assume that she has that weekend off from filming “King Kong: Skull Island,” the shooting of which kept her from this kudofest.
Kate Winslet (“Steve Jobs”)
Winslet won the Golden Globe for Supporting Actress but two of her Oscar rivals — Alicia Vikander (“The Danish Girl”) and Rooney Mara (“Carol”) — had been bumped up to lead there. On her home turf, she prevailed against a field that included Mara, who had been expected to win.
MIXED NEWS FOR …
“The Big Short”
This strong Oscar contender for Best Picture won only one of its five bids here — Best Adapted Screenplay. It had been expected to also win Film Editing, which went to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” and with the field of films in contention for the top prize here limited to just five, it had been thought that it might win a pure popular vote.
The Oscar frontrunner for Best Picture proved to have limited appeal to BAFTA voters. It had only reaped three nominations and won just Best Original Screenplay. While helmer Tom McCarthy shared in that award, he had been snubbed for Best Director.
“Bridge of Spies”
It had a leading nine nominations in all but won just one — Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance. This three-time Tony Award winner was onstage in Brooklyn, so director Steven Spielberg accepted on his behalf.
BAD NEWS FOR …
While it was the only Best Picture nominee to score two acting nominations — lead Cate Blanchett and supporting player Mara — and had nine bids in total, it was blanked, losing even in supporting actress and costumes where it had been expected to prevail.
Despite six nominations, including a bid for directing by Sir Ridley Scott, this sci-fi blockbuster was blanked.
“The Danish Girl”
While Vikander had not been expected to win in lead against Larson, the film was shut out despite five nominations.
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