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BAFTA 2016 - the nominees

It's that time of the year again - film fans rejoice, and stand by to celebrate the best in cinematic talent

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Best Picture

There are five nominees vying for BAFTA's top honour - and quite a few are yet to be released in the UK. Carol and Bridge of Spies came out at the end of 2015, but stand by for The Big Short, Spotlight and The Revenant which will hit British screens later this month. It's anyone's guess as to who will win in what is a pretty tight race this year, but expect all of these to pick up Oscar nominations for Best Picture too.

Best Director

Four out of five of the Best Director nominees are also nominated for Best Picture: Adam Mckay (The Big Short), Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies), Todd Haynes (Carol), Ridley Scott (The Martian) and Alejandro G. Iñárritu (The Revenant). Iñárritu was nominated last year for Birdman, but lost out to Richard Linklater - 2016 could be his year.

Best Actor

2016 might be the year Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins big - this is his fourth nomination for Best Actor, this time for his role in The Revenant. Also nominated are Bryan Cranston, (Trumbo), Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl), Matt Damon (The Martian), and Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs). Redmayne won the BAFTA and subsequent Oscar in this category last year for his role in The Theory of Everything - can he make it two years in a row?

Best Actress


The odds are on Brie Larson to take home every award going this year for her amazing performance in Room, though she faces stiff competition at the BAFTAs from Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Cate Blanchett (Carol), Maggie Smith (The Lady In The Van), and Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn). Suprisingly, there's no Jennifer Lawrence nomination for Joy, which seems to have been completely overlooked by BAFTA.

Best Supporting Actor & Actress

The nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category are a varied bunch, so it's anyone's guess who'll nab this category. Benicio Del Toro is nominated for his role in Sicario, as is Idris Elba for his brilliant turn in Beasts Of No Nation. Rounding out the category are Christian Bale, (The Big Short), Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight) and Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies).

Over in the Best Supporting Actress camp, Alicia Vikander picks up her second nomination of the year for Ex Machina. Her big competition is Rooney Mara, who's nominated for Carol - but with Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), Julie Walters (Brooklyn) and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs) all competing too, there could be a surprise on the night.

Outstanding British Film

It's been a brilliant year for British film and this category reflects the immense range of homegrown talent. With nominees including heartbreaking documentary Amy, sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, and surreal black comedy The Lobster, who'll win is anyone's guess. Also nominated are The Danish Girl, Brooklyn and 45 Years.

Best Animated Film

There are only three nominees in this category this year, making it the smallest in the list of main awards. Inside OutMinions and Shaun the Sheep make up the list - Aardman Animation will be hoping to win their second feature film BAFTA (they last won in 2005 for Wallace and Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit) whilst Pixar are vying for their seventh honour.

Rising Star


The only award that is chosen by the public, the Rising Star BAFTA goes to a young actor who's had an outstanding breakthrough role in the past year. No prizes for guessing that Star Wars' John Boyega is nominated, alongside Kingsman and Legend star Taron Egerton. Also up for a gong are 50 Shades of Grey star Dakota Johnson, Room's Brie Larson and Bel Powley who starred in Diary of a Teenage Girl. It's nice to see that three out of the five nominees in the category are women too.

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