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Carol and Bridge of Spies lead BAFTA film nominations


Story by Jack Foley

TODD Haynes’ Carol and Steven Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies lead this year’s BAFTA film nominations with nine nods each.

Both movies are in the running for best film alongside financial comedy-dram The Big Short, Leonardo DiCaprio’s survival epic The Revenant and Spotlight, Thomas McCarthy’s critically-acclaimed drama about a newspaper investigation into child abuse in the Catholic Church.

Carol‘s Cate Blanchett is shortlisted for best actress alongside Britain’s Dame Maggie Smith, for The Lady In The Van, Alicia Vikander for The Danish Girl, Saoirse Ronan for Brooklyn and Brie Larson for Room.

Blanchett’s co-star, Rooney Mara, is also shortlisted in the best supporting actress category alongside Jennifer Jason Leigh, for The Hateful Eight, Alicia Vikander, her second nomination for Ex_Machina, and British talent Julie Walters, for Brooklyn, and Kate Winslet, for Steve Jobs.

And Carol also scored a notable nomination for its director, Haynes, who is shortlisted against Spielberg, for Bridge of Spies, Alejandro G Inarritu, for The Revenant, Adam McKay, for The Big Short and Ridley Scott, for The Martian.

In the best actor category, The Revenant‘s Leonardo DiCaprio is seen as an early favourite but faces competition from Bryan Cranston, for Trumbo, Matt Damon, for The Martian, Michael Fassbender, for Steve Jobs and last year’s Oscar and BAFTA winner, Eddie Redmayne, for The Danish Girl.

The Outstanding British Film will be contested between relationship drama 45 Years, acclaimed documentary Amy, romantic period drama Brooklyn, transgender drama The Danish Girl, sci-fi stunner Ex Machina and quirky romance The Lobster.

Three Brits are in the best supporting actor category – Christian Bale for The Big Short, Idris Elba for Beasts of No Nation and Mark Rylance for Bridge of Spies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens also received a clutch of nominations, albeit in technical categories – for best production design, sound, original music and special visual effects.

But one of the film’s young stars, Londoner John Boyega, has already received his nomination for the BAFTA Rising Star Award alongside Brie Larson, Dakota Johnson, Taron Egerton and Bel Powley.

However there were no nominations for James Bond film Spectre, Jennifer Lawrence’s Oscar-tipped Joy or Carey Mulligan’s Suffragette.

Other Brits to miss out included Charlotte Rampling, who was tipped for 45 Years, and Steve Jobs director Danny Boyle.

Also notable was the absence of Quentin Tarantino from the best director shortlist, although he has been nominated in the best original screenplay category for his script for bloody Western The Hateful Eight.

In the animated category, Pixar’s Inside Out will surely be the hot favourite against box office champ Minions and British entry Shaun the Sheep Movie.

The annual BAFTA ceremony will take place at London’s Royal Opera House on Sunday, February 14 – two weeks before the Oscars.

The 2016 BAFTA nominations in full