If the BAFTAs, and the general air around the talented Leonardo DiCaprio are any indications, it sure looks like The Revenant will be remembered as the movie where DiCaprio finally struck gold. Of course, for our sake and the sake of recognizing and rewarding great talent in Hollywood, we hope it won’t be the last.
For now, as the results of the British Academy Film Awards showed, this year should be DiCaprio’s all the way. Of course, this isn’t the only thing that went down at the BAFTAs!
The night belonged to DiCaprio and we will all agree that the win was long overdue. DiCaprio had been a spectator three times before at the BAFTAs alone, simply watching the results as one of his contemporaries’ names were announced.
The Aviator, The Departed and The Wolf of Wall Street were all hailed as excellent works, and DiCaprio’s roles in all these movies had received great reviews, however, the Best Actor BAFTA had eluded him. The Revenant changed things on this front though, and this time, it was Leo’s to take home.
Ironically, one of the actor’s most popular co-stars, Kate Winslet, picked up her third BAFTA the very same evening. While Winslet had won her two previous awards for Sense and Sensibility and The Reader, the 2016 BAFTAs saw her win her third for Steve Jobs, a film that sees her playing the role of a marketing executive at Apple.
The Revenant also won big in other departments, including Best Film and Best Director. So while DiCaprio’s performance is praiseworthy, the entire package seems like the perfect one, and these wins only strengthen the notion that DiCaprio seems to be the hottest contender for that elusive Oscar. So, will Alejandro González Iñárritu do for DiCaprio what other famed directors, including the likes of Martin Scorsese couldn’t? It’s definitely possible!
Apart from The Revenant, the other movie that picked up a string of awards was Mad Max: Fury Road. The film was certainly a shocker as far as the awards it picked up were concerned, although a look at the line-up, and then the movie, will tell you that each award is justified.
The film picked up awards across categories that help filmmakers and other talents show off their prowess such as Best Makeup, Best Editing, Best Costume Design, and Best Production Design.
Other notable wins include Enno Morricone picking up his sixth BAFTA for his role in The Hateful Eight, another remarkable piece of cinema from Quentin Tarantino. Then there was the Amy Winehouse story that won the Best Documentary BAFTA, and Asif Kapadia, the director, was surely proud of the win.
“In the end it was all about Amy, we really fell in love with her. The aim was to tell the truth, to show how witty, intelligent, beautiful she was before it all went out of control and things got crazy,” he said.
Moving on, there was disappointment in store for the team of Carol. Although the film had received the most nominations, greatly increasing their chances of a win, at the end of the evening, not one award came Carol’s way.
Apart from the winners’ line-up, it sure looked like the hosts made more news than even The Revenant! Stephen Fry came in under loads of fire via his Twitter account, something that forced Fry to give up on his account the next day, but not before getting down and dirty with any unknown people.
“A stalking ground for the sanctimoniously self-righteous who love to second-guess, to leap to conclusions and be offended. Worse, to be offended on behalf of others they do not even know,” Fry labelled Twitter, and this was only part of the rant that Fry shares on his website.
In the meantime, Sasha Baron Cohen and Rebel Wilson did not pull any punches, making sure the diversity issue was taken lightly that evening. Even so, Fry did come in under loads of fire, maybe even more than he deserved.
Fry’s friends from the industry though came out in full support, some with tongue-in-cheek replies on how cracking a joke or two had become a dangerous job indeed, and others simply praising his hosting skills.
@StephenFry outrage confers identity on the anonymous, unfortunately..it's the curse of here. Well done tonight, grand job.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 14, 2016
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) February 15, 2016
@stephenfry Didn't you get the memo? No-one is allowed to do jokes anymore.
— Matt Lucas (@RealMattLucas) February 14, 2016
At the end of it all, the awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London did prove to be an entertaining one!
Here’s the complete list of BAFTA winners:
Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant
Brie Larson for Room
Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant
Best Supporting Actor
Mark Rylance, Bridge of Spies
Best Supporting Actress
Kate Winslet for Steve Jobs
Best Foreign Film
Wild Tales from Argentina and Spain
Best Animated Film
Best Original Screenplay
Tom McCarthy and Josh Singer for Spotlight
Best Adapted Screenplay
Adam McKay and Charles Randolph for The Big Short
Emmanuel Lubezki for The Revenant
Best Costume Design
Jenny Beavan for Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Production Design
Colin Gibson and Lisa Thompson for Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Special Visual Effects
Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh and Neal Scanlan for Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montaño, Jon Taylor and Randy Thom for The Revenant
Margaret Sixel for Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Make-Up and Hair
Lesley Vanderwalt and Damian Martin for Mad Max: Fury Road
Outstanding British Film in 2016
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Naji Abu Nowar [writer/director] and Rupert Lloyd [producer], for Theeb
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