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The Revenant rules at the 2016 Baftas

The Revenant is a gripping story about frontiersmen in 1823 hunting for animal pelts, and they were attacked by Native Americans, but they made their escape, only for one of them, Hugh Glass played by Leonardo DiCaprio to be badly mauled by a bear and left for dead by his companions. Well it wouldn’t be a story if he did not survive, which after a series of incidents with another member of the party played by Tom Hardy he eventually does.

Clearly his fellow thespians liked the plot and Leonardo even more as he picked up the Best Actor award at the BAFTAS. The film scooped up quite a few awards, with the best film award, best director award which went to Alejandro G. Inarritu, best cinematography, and the best sound award.

Naturally the Baftas was not all about Revenant, Brie Larson, picked up the best actress award for her performance as a kidnapped mother in “Room”, this obviously pleased director Lenny Abrahamson who collect the award on Brie’s behalf, he went on to describe her as her “one of the best actors of her generation. “ Mark Rylance got the best supporting actor for Bridge of Spies, best supporting actress went to Kate Winslet for her performance in “Steve Jobs”, and the outstanding British film was picked up by Brooklyn, which is about a young Irish woman who emigrates to New York.

The critics are suggesting that in a year where no front runners are emerging The Revenant is being tipped as the clear favourite for best picture at the Oscars in two weeks’ time. Normally the winner of the Baftas is usually the winner at the Oscar ceremonies; many are also predicting that DI Caprio has his Oscar securely in the bag.

What was pleasing to many was that he Baftas have generally avoided controversy this year unlike the row over diversity that has plagued the Oscars, everything went smoothly with the exception of a small demonstration by some from Creatives of Colour Network. Actors who have passed away were remembered with tributes being paid to Alan Rickman, Maureen O’Hara, Omar Sharif, David Bowie, Ron Moody, Frank Finlay, Saeed Jaffrey and Sir Christopher Lee; Sydney Poitier was also honoured by being awarded a Bafta Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to film. Unable to attend, he nonetheless was seen in a video message from his home, in which he said: “Thank you for your warm embrace and this extraordinary moment – a memory I shall cherish always.”

List of winners at the 2016 Baftas:

Best film

The Revenant

Outstanding British film

Brooklyn

Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio – The Revenant

Actress

Brie Larson – Room

Supporting actor

Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies

Supporting actress

Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs

Director

Alejandro G Inarritu – The Revenant

Adapted screenplay

The Big Short

Original screenplay

Spotlight

Animated film

Inside Out

Documentary

Amy

Foreign film

Wild Tales

Cinematography

The Revenant

Costume design

Mad Max: Fury Road

Editing

Mad Max: Fury Road

Make-up and hair

Mad Max: Fury Road

Music

The Hateful Eight

Production design

Mad Max: Fury Road

Sound

The Revenant

Special effects

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

British short animation

Edmond

British short film

Operator

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Naji Abu Nowar (writer/director) & Rupert Lloyd (producer) – Theeb

Rising Star award

John Boyega

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