The British film awards – “Carol”, big favorite of the Baftas

Can Todd Haynes’ ‘Carol’ win the Oscar for best film of the year? With eight Bafta nominations, the British film awards, he is relaunching in the race for the statuette.

Traditionally, the Baftas, British film awards, give a serious clue about the future winners of the Oscars and for good reason: the two ceremonies share many voters even if the Baftas have of course a more English tone. The appointments announced on Friday are therefore scrutinized with particular attention by specialists. First observation: “Carol” by Todd Haynes, yet forgotten by the guild of American producers, is the big favorite of the evening of February 14, with eight nominations, including four in the major categories: best film, best director (Todd Haynes ), Best Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara). “The Bridge of Spies” by Steven Spielberg also gets eight citations, including best film and best director (Steven Spielberg), best actor in a supporting role for Mark Rylance – the big favorite for the Oscars in this category. “The Revenant” by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu can also dream of eight Baftas, including best film, best director and best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, more than ever in the running for his first Oscar.

Unsurprisingly, “Spotlight” and “The Big Short: Heist of the Century” round out the Best Picture category. “Alone on Mars” is not forgotten with nominations for director Ridley Scott and actor Matt Damon. In addition to King Leo, Matt Damon will have to fend off competition from Eddie Redmayne (“The Danish Girl”), Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”) and Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”). For actresses, Swedish actress Alicia Vikander can pull off an unusual double: winning the Bafta for best actress for “The Danish Girl” and best actress in a supporting role for “Ex Machina”. The favorite for the best actress category nevertheless remains the American Brie Larson (“Room”). Besides the latter and Cate Blanchett, we find the British actress Maggie Smith (“The Lady in the Van”), and the American-Irish Saoirse Ronan (“Brooklyn”). Note the presence of only one Frenchman among the nominees: the host Pierre Coffin for “Les Minions”.

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The main appointments:

Best film:

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“The Bridge of Spies”
“The Revenant”
“The Big Short: The Heist of the Century”

Best Director:

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Alejandro G. Inarritu for “The Revenant”,
Todd Haynes for “Carol”
Steven Spielberg for “The Bridge of Spies”
Ridley Scott for “Alone on Mars”
Adam McKay for “The Big Short: Heist of the Century”

Best actor:

Eddie Redmayne for “The Danish Girl”
Leonardo DiCaprio for “The Revenant”
Matt Damon (“Alone on Mars”)
Michael Fassbender (“Steve Jobs”)
Bryan Cranston (“Trumbo”).

Best Actress:

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

Best Supporting Actor:

Mark Rylance for “The Bridge of Spies”
Christian Bale for “The Big Short: The Heist of the Century”
Mark Ruffalo for “Spotlight”
Idris Elba for “Beasts of No Nation”
Benicio del Toro for “Sicario”

Best Supporting Actress:

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

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The British film awards – “Carol”, big favorite of the Baftas