BAFTA Winners 2016
69th BAFTAs – Winners 2016 – 15th February 2016
Once again the BAFTAs winners were dominated by films adapted from books. It just goes to show how impressive adaptations can be.
Best Director – Alejandro González Iñárritu
Best Actor – Leonardo DiCaprio
There was one clear winner this year, scooping a massive five awards out of seven nominations, ‘The Revenant’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, amongst many more, was adapted from the book of the same name written by Michael Punke.
Synopsis – A frontiersman named Hugh Glass on an fur trade expedition in the 1820s is on a quest for survival after being brutally mauled by a bear.
Other BAFTA winners adapted from books included:
Brooklyn – Outstanding British Film
Synopsis – It is Ireland in the early 1950s and for Eilis Lacey, as for so many young Irish girls, opportunities are scarce. So when her sister arranges for her to emigrate to New York, Eilis knows she must go.
Arriving in a crowded lodging house in Brooklyn, Eilis can only be reminded of what she has sacrificed. And just as she takes tentative steps towards friendship, and perhaps something more, Eilis receives news which sends her back to Ireland. There she will be confronted by a terrible dilemma – a devastating choice between duty and one great love.
The Big Short – Best Adapted Screenplay
Synopsis – Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
Room – Best Actress – Brie Larson
Synopsis – After five-year-old Jack and his mother escape from the enclosed surroundings that Jack has known his entire life, the boy makes a thrilling discovery.
Steve Jobs – Best Supporting Actress – Kate Winslet
Synopsis – Based on more than forty interviews with Steve Jobs conducted over two years – as well as interviews with more than a hundred family members, friends, adversaries, competitors, and colleagues – this is the acclaimed, internationally bestselling biography of the ultimate icon of inventiveness.
Walter Isaacson tells the story of the rollercoaster life and searingly intense personality of creative entrepreneur whose passion for perfection and ferocious drive revolutionized six industries: personal computers, animated movies,music, phones, tablet computing, and digital publishing.
Although Jobs cooperated with this book, he asked for no control over what was written, nor even the right to read it before it was published. He put nothing off limits. He encouraged the people he knew to speak honestly. And Jobs speaks candidly, sometimes brutally so, about the people he worked with and competed against.
His friends, foes, and colleagues provide an unvarnished view of the passions, perfectionism, obsessions, artistry, devilry, and compulsion for control that shaped his approach to business and the innovative products that resulted.
Other winners on the night that have not been adapted from books included:
Mad Max: Fury Road: 4 Awards
Star Wars: The Force Awakens: 2 Awards
Spotlight: 1 Award
Bridge of Spies: 1 Award
The Hateful Eight: 1 Award