We are predicting that “Mad Max: Fury Road” could well win the most BAFTAs on Sunday, despite it being snubbed for Best Picture and Best Director. It is favoured to win at least four of the craft awards: Best Makeup & Hairstyling, Best Production Design, Best Sound and Best Visual Effects. And our users give it the edge for Best Film Editing (our experts and editors are predicting “The Big Short” will win that race). It also contends for Cinematography and Costume Design but is expected to lose those races to “The Revenant” and “Carol” respectively.
The current recordholder for most BAFTA wins by a non-Best Picture nominee is “La Vie en Rose,” which claimed four in 2007: Best Actress (Marion Cotillard), Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Score. It was nominated for Best Foreign-Language Film, losing to “The Lives of Others.” “La Vie en Rose” had contended in eight BAFTA categories in all and just two at the Oscars, winning Best Actress but losing Costume Design to “Elizabeth: The Golden Age.”
Back in 1988, Steven Spielberg‘s “Empire of the Sun” won three below-the line BAFTAs (Cinematography, Score, Sound) despite being snubbed for Best Picture and Director (there were only four nominees in each of those categories back then). That haul tied it with Best Picture champ “The Last Emperor,” which also won Costume Design and Makeup.
Howeer, unlike “Empire of the Sun,” which contended for Screenplay, and “La Vie en Rose,” which won an acting award, “Mad Max” is not nominated anywhere above-the-line. And in its craft categories, it faces formidable contenders.
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Best Makeup & Hairstyling
“Mad Max: Fury Road” won this race at the Critics’ Choice and leads the guild in nominations. However, “Carol” could be a spoiler, as it is tied with “Bridge of Spies” for most BAFTA nominations (nine) and also contended at Critics’ Choice and with the guild.
Best Production Design
“Bridge of Spies” is a threat as BAFTA favors period pieces to fantasy in this category, awarding the likes of “Hugo” (2011) and “Anna Karenina” (2012) over “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” (2011) and “Life of Pi” (2012), despite those latter films winning other races. “Mad Max: Fury Road” is the first fantasy nominee since “Life of Pi.”
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant” are strong rivals to “Mad Max: Fury Road.” All three contend in both sound categories at the Oscars as well as with the Cinema Audio Society and Motion Picture Sound Editors, which have yet to announce their winners.
Best Visual Effects
“Star Wars” won the equivalent of this award over, among others, “Mad Max: Fury Road” at the Visual Effects Society.
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Photo: “Mad Max: Fury Road” (Warner Bros.)