The Revenant basks in BAFTA glory

Iñárritu's opus triumphs on a disappointing night for Carol.

by Jennie Kermode

The BAFTA award
The BAFTA award

The Revenant enjoyed another triumphant awards ceremony at the BAFTAs tonight, winning five of the eight awards for which it hasd been nominated, including Best Film, Best Director (for Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu) and Best Actor (for Leonardo DiCaprio). It was a disappointing night for Carol which, despite being nominated for nine, didn't win a single award. Bridge Of Spies, which also had nine nominations, at least succeeded in taking Best Supporting Actor for Mark Rylance, and Mad Max: Fury Road, next in the running, acquitted itself fairly well with four in the technical categories. The biggest cheers of the night went to Star Wars: The Force Awakens star John Boyega, who was named EE Rising Star, and to Brie Larson's unexpected Best Actress win for indie hit Room.

Sidney Poitier received a BAFTA fellowship, the greatest honour the academy can bestow. In fragile health (he is now 88) he accepted the award from Jamie Foxx in his Los Angeles home and addressed the Royal opera House by video link, saying "Thank you for your warm embrace and this extraordinary moment and memory I shall cherish."

At the ceremony itself, the stars were out in force, with crowds gathered outside to see them arrive. Dakota Fanning looked stunning in a bright scarlet dress while Cate Blanchett wore a sleek floral number and Alicia Vikander was elegant in silver and grey. Some fans were complaining that it was a bit chilly out there, especially for the poor stars in evening wear, but Michael Fassbender laughed it of - London is a lot warmer than Killarney at this time of year! Saoirse Ronan, continuing the floral theme with her sleeveless gown, was likewise undaunted and took her time to sign autographs and talk to fans.

Those awards in full:-

Best Film

Best Director

Outstanding British Film

Best Documentary

Best Animated Film

Best Film Not In The English Language

Best Actor

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best British Short Film

  • Operator

Best British Short Animation

  • Edmond

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production Design

Best Special Visual Effects

Best Costume Design

Best Make-Up and Hair

Best Sound

Best Original Music

Outstanding Debut

EE Rising Star

  • John Boyega

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