Bridge of Spies Carol BAFTA Awards
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LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts unveiled the nominations for its film awards Friday at it headquarters in London. “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol” led the nominations race with nine apiece.

“The Revenant” was nominated in eight categories. “Mad Max: Fury Road” has seven nominations. “Brooklyn” and “The Martian” were each nominated six times. “The Big Short,” “The Danish Girl” and “Ex Machina” received five nominations. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” took four nominations.

In the major categories, “Carol,” “Bridge of Spies,” “The Big Short” and “Brooklyn” all featured prominently, followed by “The Danish Girl,” “The Revenant,” “Spotlight,” “Ex Machina” and “Steve Jobs.” Among the underperformers in the major categories were “Trumbo,” “Sicario” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.”

Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA, told Variety that the nominations were marked by the openness of the contest, with six films with more than five nominations. “It looks like a very evenly spread and open field,” she said, adding that this would help spice up anticipation on awards night.

The list was also enriched by the inclusion of a broad range of film types, embracing a wide spectrum of genre and storylines, and pics of widely different scale and provenance. “I’m excited about the fact that we have a really good mix of independent and blockbuster films,” Berry said. The breadth of range was exemplified by the differences between the films heading the race, such as “Bridge of Spies” and “Carol.”

Berry is also pleased about the mix of first-time nominees and more established players, and in particular the inclusion of actress Alicia Vikander, who contests in two categories. Vikander, who is a BAFTA nominations debutante, featured in BAFTA’s Rising Star lineup in 2013. “I’m always particularly pleased when we’ve identified and shone a bright spotlight on people at the start of their career, and it comes through later with nominations,” Berry said.

The acting contests seem particularly strong. “If you look at the performance categories, it is the most extraordinary list. If we get each and everyone of those nominees in the room we are going to have a heck of a night,” Berry said.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Michael Fassbender, Bryan Cranston and Eddie Redmayne are vying for best actor, and three relative newcomers on the awards scene, Vikander, Brie Larson and Saoirse Ronan, take on established thesps Cate Blanchett and Maggie Smith for best actress. The supporting categories include Benicio Del Toro, Kate Winslet, Christian Bale, Idris Elba, Mark Ruffalo, Mark Rylance, Vikander, again, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julie Walters and Rooney Mara.

Apart from Vikander, other first-time BAFTA nominees include Mara, Elba, Rylance and Jason Leigh. Surprising omissions in the acting categories include Tom Hanks for “Bridge of Spies” and Charlotte Rampling for “45 Years.”

Social media continues to amp up public engagement with and interest in the awards, in particular, and movies, in general. “Social media allows absolutely everyone to have an opinion, and one of the things I love about film, and this time of year, is that everybody wants to talk about film,” Berry said.

Elizabeth Karlsen, one of the producers on Todd Haynes’ “Carol,” told Variety that the awards season felt like a roller-coaster ride this week, following the Producers Guild of America’s decision to leave the film out of its nominations list on Tuesday; now the pic’s team were on a high again with its very strong showing in the BAFTA race.

“Having nine nominations is really fantastic for a film like ‘Carol,’ and to see Todd’s work and Todd recognized in this way, which hasn’t fully happened until this point, is incredibly gratifying because he is one of the great contemporary American filmmakers, and his films and ‘Carol’ will be here long after we are all gone,” she said, although she added that she would have liked to have seen the contribution of Carter Burwell and Affonso Goncalves recognized as well, for music and editing respectively.

Among the U.K. distributors of the movies, 20th Century Fox was streets ahead with 24 nominations, shared by “Bridge of Spies,” “The Revenant,” “The Martian” and “He Named Me Malala.” Universal followed with 15, led by “The Danish Girl,” “Ex Machina” and “Steve Jobs,” but also with one each for “Listen to Me Marlon” and “Minions,” and Studiocanal had 13, driven mainly by “Carol,” but also with contributions from “Room,” “Shaun the Sheep Movie” and “The Assassin.”

Duncan Clark, president of distribution at Universal Pictures Intl., agrees that it is an open race, and all the better for that. “It is not a year that has got any one film doing the sweeping, which has been a characteristic of years gone by,” he told Variety.

One of the pleasant surprises was the BAFTA members’ response to writer-director Alex Garland’s “Ex Machina,” given that the film opened in the U.K. almost a year ago. “It was a great movie, and there’s no question it was a very original piece, and Alex did a terrific job,” Clark said. He is also pleased with the Academy members’ strong backing for another British pic distributed by the studio, “The Danish Girl,” including in the British film category, where Clark expects the film to be a strong contender. “The Danish Girl” has just opened in the U.K., and Clark is confident that the BAFTA nominations will boost its box office. The three nominations for “Steve Jobs” were another reason to celebrate for Universal, although Clark would have liked to have seen director Danny Boyle’s work recognized.

The list of nominees was revealed by BAFTA’s chair Anne Morrison, actor and BAFTA awards presenter Stephen Fry, and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. The awards take place on Feb. 14 at the Royal Opera House, London.

(Presented in 2016)

“The Big Short,” Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Brad Pitt
“Bridge of Spies,” Kristie Macosko Krieger, Marc Platt, Steven Spielberg
“Carol,” Elizabeth Karlsen, Christine Vachon, Stephen Woolley
“The Revenant,” Steve Golin, Alejandro G. Inarritu, Arnon Milchan, Mary Parent, Keith Redmon
“Spotlight,” Steve Golin, Blye Pagon Faust, Nicole Rocklin, Michael Sugar

“The Big Short,” Adam McKay
“Bridge of Spies,” Steven Spielberg
“Carol,” Todd Haynes
“The Martian,” Ridley Scott
“The Revenant,” Alejandro G. Inarritu

“Bridge of Spies,” Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
“Ex Machina,” Alex Garland
“The Hateful Eight,” Quentin Tarantino
“Inside Out,” Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg Lefauve
“Spotlight,” Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer

“The Big Short,” Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
“Brooklyn,” Nick Hornby
“Carol,” Phyllis Nagy
“Room,” Emma Donoghue
“Steve Jobs,” Aaron Sorkin

Bryan Cranston, “Trumbo”
Eddie Redmayne, “The Danish Girl”
Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Revenant”
Matt Damon, “The Martian”
Michael Fassbender, “Steve Jobs”

Alicia Vikander, “The Danish Girl”
Brie Larson, “Room”
Cate Blanchett, “Carol”
Maggie Smith, “The Lady in the Van”
Saoirse Ronan, “Brooklyn”

Benicio Del Toro, “Sicario”
Christian Bale, “The Big Short”
Idris Elba, “Beasts of No Nation”
Mark Ruffalo, “Spotlight”
Mark Rylance, “Bridge of Spies”

Alicia Vikander, “Ex Machina”
Jennifer Jason Leigh, “The Hateful Eight”
Julie Walters, “Brooklyn”
Kate Winslet, “Steve Jobs”
Rooney Mara, “Carol”

“Bridge of Spies,” Thomas Newman
“The Hateful Eight,” Ennio Morricone
“The Revenant,” Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai
“Sicario,” Johann Johannsson
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” John Williams

“Bridge of Spies,” Janusz Kaminski
“Carol,” Ed Lachman
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” John Seale
“The Revenant,” Emmanuel Lubezki
“Sicario,” Roger Deakins

“The Big Short,” Hank Corwin
“Bridge of Spies,” Michael Kahn
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Margaret Sixel
“The Martian,” Pietro Scalia
“The Revenant,” Stephen Mirrione

“Bridge of Spies,” Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo
“Carol,” Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson
“The Martian,” Arthur Max, Celia Bobak
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales

“Brooklyn,” Odile Dicks-Mireaux
“Carol,” Sandy Powell
“Cinderella,” Sandy Powell
“The Danish Girl,” Paco Delgado
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Jenny Beavan

“Brooklyn,” Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn
“Carol,” Jerry Decarlo, Patricia Regan
“The Danish Girl,” Jan Sewell
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin
“The Revenant,” Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini

“Bridge of Spies,” Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White
“The Martian,” Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
“The Revenant,” Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson

“Ant-Man,” Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke
“Ex Machina,” Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst
“Mad Max: Fury Road,” Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams
“The Martian,” Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan

“The Assassin,” Hou Hsiao-Hsien
“Force Majeure,” Ruben Ostlund
“Theeb,” Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd
“Timbuktu,” Abderrahmane Sissako
“Wild Tales,” Damian Szifron

“Amy,” Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
“Cartel Land,” Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin
“He Named Me Malala,” Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie Macdonald
“Listen to Me Marlon,” Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler
“Sherpa,” Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson

“Inside Out,” Pete Docter
“Minions,” Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda
“Shaun the Sheep Movie,” Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

“45 Years,” Andrew Haigh, Tristan Goligher
“Amy,” Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees
“Brooklyn,” John Crowley, Finola Dwyer, Amanda Posey, Nick Hornby
“The Danish Girl,” Tom Hooper, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Anne Harrison, Gail Mutrux, Lucinda Coxon
“Ex Machina,” Alex Garland, Andrew Macdonald, Allon Reich
“The Lobster,” Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Efthimis Filippou

Alex Garland (Director) “Ex Machina”
Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) “Second Coming”
Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) “Theeb”
Sean Mcallister (Director/Producer), Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) “A Syrian Love Story”
Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) “The Survivalist”

“Edmond,” Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy
“Manoman,” Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol
“Prologue,” Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton

“Elephant,” Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith
“Mining Poems or Odes” Callum Rice, Jack Cocker
“Operator,” Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan
“Over,” Jorn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister
“Samuel-613,” Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

Bel Powley
Brie Larson
Dakota Johnson
John Boyega
Taron Egerton

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