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  1. Bridge of Spies and Carol lead with nine nominations each
  2. The Revenant lands eight nods, Max Mad: Fury Road scores seven
  3. British stars nominated include Eddie Redmayne, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba and Dame Maggie Smith
  4. Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw announced the nominations in London
  5. Winners will be announced at a ceremony on 14 February

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What you've missed

  • Eddie Redmayne is nominated for best actor for a second year for The Danish Girl, with Idris Elba, Dame Maggie Smith and Kate Winslet also nominated. [Read more]
  • Carol and Bridge of Spies lead with nine nominations each. [See the full list of nominations]

That draws to a close our coverage of the nominations. We'll return to give you live coverage of the Bafta Film Awards ceremony on 14 February. See you then!

More nominees react

With news of the nominations beginning to sink in, more of the nominees have been giving their reaction to their nods. 

To be nominated by my fellow Brits really means a great deal to me, and to be alongside such wonderful women too. This is such a great year for women in film and I am absolutely thrilled to be included! Thank you Bafta!

Kate Winslet - best actress nominee

Very excited and honoured to be considered by Bafta this year alongside such outstanding talent. Congratulations to Kate, Aaron [Sorkin] and all the nominees - looking forward to celebrating with you on the night.

Michael Fassbender - best actor nominee

Thank you very much for this nomination. My scenes were pretty much all with Tom Hanks who was not only a joy to support in his subtle and generous performance but also a great teacher through example about film acting. It was hard to go wrong with such a wonderful script and with a true genius directing.

Mark Rylance - best supporting actor nominee

It's a huge honour to be nominated for this award. So many of its past recipients are filmmakers I deeply admire. I think it's a tremendous credit to my wonderful cast and team who were so generous and creative in helping me make the film.

Stephen Fingleton - best debut by a British writer, director or producer for The Survivalist

Will it be a Baa-fta for Shaun the Sheep?


The Shaun the Sheep Movie is up against Inside Out and Minions in the Bafta animated film category. 

Richard Starzak, who co-wrote and directed the Aardman film, told us: 

I'm chuffed to bits! I overslept this morning and I was woken by loads of pings on my phone and I realised I’d just missed the announcement."

He said he was astonished at the age range of Shaun the Sheep fans around the world.  

I get letters from all age groups – from young kids to a woman in her late 80s. I love the fact that it's got such a broad demograhic. It varies from country to country. In Germany it seems to be 30-year old mothers more than the kids. I was just in Japan and all the cool kids had Shaun the Sheep t-shirts.”

And how does he fancy Shaun's chances against Inside Out and Minions? 

Leicester have beaten some of the top teams, so who knows? I’m just going to enjoy the ceremony. I'll go and dust off the DJ!"

Brie Larson shares Bafta love


Room has been winning rave reviews, just as the best-selling novel it's based on was greeted on its release. 

Brie Larson is nominated for best actress for her portrayal of a mother who is kept in captivity with her young son for years. 

Irish novelist Emma Donoghue was brought on board to adapt her own book for the screenplay. 

Thank you Bafta for this wonderful acknowledgment. I'm proud to be a part of a film that has touched so many people around the world and to share this moment with Lenny, Emma, Jacob and the entire cast and crew of Room.

Brie Larson

I'm over the moon to be nominated for a Bafta for adapted screenplay for Room. As a first-timer, to find myself in the company of such superb scriptwriters is an honour I'll never forget. But much of the credit should go to our extraordinary director Lenny Abrahamson, my teacher and mentor in filmcraft. I'm also delighted that Bafta has recognised the astounding performance of Brie Larson.

Emma Donoghue

Brooklyn team 'proud' of success


Brooklyn garnered six nominations in total today, including best actress for Saiorse Ronan and best supporting actress for Julie Walters. 

The tearjerker of a film, set in the 1950s, tells the story of a young Irish woman who emigrates to America and falls in love, but is torn between her new life and the call of her homeland. 

Some of the team were overjoyed at the Bafta news. 

What a wonderful surprise, thrilled to be nominated. And proud to be included alongside these great women and their powerful performances.

Julie Walters

I am so delighted for everyone on Brooklyn. It was such a collaborative project.

Odile Dicks‐Mireaux, costume designer

Who are the bookies backing?

Bookmakers have been quick off the mark - and one is hotly tipping Leonardo DiCaprio to take the best actor prize. 

William Hill has given him odds of 4/9 to win for The Revenant, while Eddie Redmayne is 11/2.

Brie Larson is winning the odds for best actress at 10/11, followed by Saoirse Ronan on 2/1.

Spotlight is far and away the favourite for best film, at 8/13, with The Big Short behind it on 7/2.

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British Bafta snubs


The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw is among those decrying Bafta's decision not to include Charlotte Rampling or Tom Courteney for their performances in 45 Years.

He said:

It’s excruciating that Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay, so superb in Andrew Haigh’s marital crisis drama 45 Years, have been left off the best actress and best actor lists. Just as with Timothy Spall’s non-appearance for Mr Turner last year, it seems Bafta has obtusely found a way to overlook world-class British acting talent - although Maggie Smith has rightly been noticed for her imperious performance in The Lady in the Van.

Others on Twitter are equally miffed at their omission. 


Stephen Fry on the 'remarkable' nominees

Stephen Fry spoke to BBC Breakfast this morning after the nominations were announced, talking about those that were nominated and watching all the shortlisted films over Christmas "in one big orgy".

Inarritu 'thrilled' at Revenant nods

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Alejandro G Inarritu's The Revenant, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a 19th Century fur trapper fighting for survival in the wild, notched up an impressive eight Bafta nominations.      

Mexican Inarritu, who received nods for director and best film, said: 

I am thrilled our film has been recognized by Bafta and I want to thank them for this honour. I am so happy for Leo, Tom [Hardy] and our entire cast and crew whose passion and hard work on this film was unparalleled.

Short film nominee trailers

The short film category is a mixed bag - from a BBC-backed short to a Kickstarter-funded project. 

You can see the teasers bellow and watch Elephant and Samuel in its entirety - but be aware not all the clips are suitable for children and some contain swearing.

Watch Operator on Vimeo.


Watch the Bafta nominations announcement

If you want to see the nominations as they were announced at Bafta HQ, you can watch it below.

Haven't seen the film yet?

British audiences have not had the chance to see all the films nominated yet, but here's a round-up of upcoming cinema release dates for some of those featuring heavily in the awards season: 

  • The Revenant - 15 January
  • Room - 15 January
  • The Big Short - 22 January
  • Spotlight - 29 January 
  • Trumbo - 5 February

Carol producers 'thrilled'

The producers of period drama Carol have got busy diaries at the moment, as their film continues to dominate at many awards ceremonies. 

We are thrilled for Todd Haynes Phyllis Nagy and the entire Carol team and of course the magnificent Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara on the eve of the Golden Globe awards in Los Angeles that Bafta has chosen to honour the film in such an incredible way with nine nominations!

It's fitting that with such strong UK connections at the initial development stage and especially with the incredible support of Film 4 throughout the entire process that the film has gained such an overwhelming endorsement from Bafta. Thank you.

Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, Number 9 Films
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Analysis: Period drama rules, but no joy for Joy

Tim Masters

Arts and Entertainment correspondent

This year's Bafta best film nominations are dominated by period American dramas, most of them based on true stories.   

Carol and Bridge of Spies, which lead the pack with nine nominations apiece, are both dramas about secret lives that play out in the 1950s. 

Last year's best actor winner Eddie Redmayne is back this year in the same category for his role as transgender pioneer Lili Elbe in The Danish Girl.

His co-star Alicia Vikander receives a double nomination this year for both Danish Girl and sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. 

The leading actress field includes Dame Maggie Smith, getting her 13th Bafta film nod for The Lady in the Van. Her first was in 1959, when she was up for "most promising newcomer".  

Surprise omissions include Charlotte Rampling for her powerful performance in 45 Years, Carey Mulligan for British period drama Suffragette and Jennifer Lawrence, who has been Oscar-tipped for Joy. 

45 Years can console itself with a single nod for outstanding British film, but Joy and Suffragette failed to secure any nominations at all. 

Amy director congratulates team


The documentary about the life and death of Amy Winehouse garnered two nominations, including a rare appearance for a documentary in the outstanding British film category. 

The film, directed by Asif Kapadia, uses archive footage and unreleased songs to chart the singer's life from early childhood until her death in 2011. 

If you haven't got around to seeing it yet, you can watch it on Channel 4 tonight.


Soundtrack titans score nominations

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Music reporter


The nominees for best film score already own a whopping 15 Bafta trophies between them.

Top of the heap is Star Wars tunesmith John Williams, who won the first of seven awards for Jaws in 1975.

He's up for The Force Awakens, which revisits several of the themes from his Bafta-winning Star Wars score.


Joining him is spaghetti western maestro Ennio Morricone (pictured above) - who scored Quentin Tarantino's Hateful Eight. 

The Italian composer already has five Baftas to his name, including wins for The Untouchables and Cinema Paradiso. Notoriously, however, he has never picked up an Oscar.


Japan's Ryuichi Sakamoto is cited for the chilling soundtrack to The Revenant - his first nomination since 1989's The Last Emperor.

Rounding off the shortlist are Thomas Newman for Bridge Of Spies and Iceland's Johann Johannsson - whose malicious, minimalist score for crime thriller Sicario reinforced the on-screen tension.


More nominees


  • The Big Short - Hank Corwin 
  • Bridge of Spies - Michael Kahn 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Margaret Sixel 
  • The Martian - Pietro Scalia 
  • The Revenant - Stephen Mirrione 

Production design 

  • Bridge of Spies - Adam Stockhausen, Rena DeAngelo 
  • Carol - Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson 
  • The Martian - Arthur Max, Celia Bobak 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Rick Carter, Darren Gilford, Lee Sandales 

Costume design

  • Brooklyn - Odile Dicks-Mireaux 
  • Carol - Sandy Powell 
  • Cinderella - Sandy Powell 
  • The Danish Girl - Paco Delgado 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Jenny Beavan 

Make up and hair  

  • Brooklyn - Morna Ferguson, Lorraine Glynn 
  • Carol - Jerry DeCarlo, Patricia Regan 
  • The Danish Girl - Jan Sewell 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin 
  • The Revenant - Sian Grigg, Duncan Jarman, Robert Pandini 


  • Bridge of Spies - Drew Kunin, Richard Hymns, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Scott Hecker, Chris Jenkins, Mark Mangini, Ben Osmo, Gregg Rudloff, David White 
  • The Martian - Paul Massey, Mac Ruth, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor 
  • The Revenant - Lon Bender, Chris Duesterdiek, Martin Hernandez, Frank A. Montano, Jon Taylor, Randy Thom 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Matthew Wood, Stuart Wilson 

Special Visual Effects 

  • Ant-Man - Jake Morrison, Greg Steele, Dan Sudick, Alex Wuttke 
  • Ex Machina - Mark Ardington, Sara Bennett, Paul Norris, Andrew Whitehurst 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - Andrew Jackson, Dan Oliver, Tom Wood, Andy Williams 
  • The Martian - Chris Lawrence, Tim Ledbury, Richard Stammers, Steven Warner 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Chris Corbould, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan

British short animation  

  • Edmond - Nina Gantz, Emilie Jouffroy 
  • Manoman - Simon Cartwright, Kamilla Kristiane Hodol 
  • Prologue - Richard Williams, Imogen Sutton 

British short film

  • Elephant - Nick Helm, Alex Moody, Esther Smith 
  • Mining Poems or Odes - Callum Rice, Jack Cocker 
  • Operator - Caroline Bartleet, Rebecca Morgan 
  • Over - Jorn Threlfall, Jeremy Bannister 
  • Samuel-613  - Billy Lumby, Cheyenne Conway

Alicia Vikander 'honoured' to receive two nods

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Alicia Vikander, who received two acting nominations for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina (pictured), said: 

I am truly honoured to receive these Bafta nominations. The Danish Girl and Ex Machina have been such gifts of projects for me. The fact that both of these projects were driven from the UK, with a predominantly British cast and crew and that both these films have been so generously recognised by Bafta today, makes this even more poignant for me. I feel extremely grateful, thank you Bafta!

Old hands and newcomers

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Many of the actors and actresses gracing this year's Bafta shortlist are no strangers to being nominated by British voters. 

Dame Maggie Smith has been nominated 13 times, winning on five occasions, while Kate Winslet has been shortlisted eight times, winning twice. 

But among those making their Bafta debuts are Bryan Cranston, Brie Larson, Idris Elba, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Rooney Mara and Mark Rylance. 

Swedish actress Alicia Vikander is also a first-timer, but has managed the feat of being nominated twice this year - for The Danish Girl and Ex Machina. 

More of the nominees

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer 

  • Alex Garland (Director) Ex Machina 
  • Debbie Tucker Green (Writer/Director) Second Coming 
  • Naji Abu Nowar (Writer/Director) Rupert Lloyd (Producer) Theeb 
  • Sean McAllister (Director/Producer)/Elhum Shakerifar (Producer) A Syrian Love Story 
  • Stephen Fingleton (Writer/Director) The Survivalist

Film not in the English language 

  • The Assassin - Hou Hsiao-Hsien 
  • Force Majeure - Ruben Ostlund 
  • Theeb - Naji Abu Nowar, Rupert Lloyd 
  • Timbuktu - Abderrahmane Sissako 
  • Wild Tales - Damian Szifron   


  • Amy - Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees 
  • Cartel Land - Matthew Heineman, Tom Yellin 
  • He Named Me Malala - Davis Guggenheim, Walter Parkes, Laurie MacDonald 
  • Listen to Me Marlon - Stevan Riley, John Battsek, George Chignell, R.J. Cutler 
  • Sherpa - Jennifer Peedom, Bridget Ikin, John Smithson    

Animated film

  • Inside Out - Pete Docter 
  • Minions - Pierre Coffin, Kyle Balda 
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie - Mark Burton, Richard Starzak

Original Music

  • Bridge of Spies - Thomas Newman 
  • The Hateful Eight - Ennio Morricone 
  • The Revenant - Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carsten Nicolai 
  • Sicario - Johann Johannsson 
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - John Williams


  • Bridge of Spies - Janusz Kaminski 
  • Carol - Ed Lachman 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - John Seale 
  • The Revenant - Emmanuel Lubezki 
  • Sicario - Roger Deakins  

Nominations tally

  • Bridge of Spies - 9
  • Carol - 9
  • The Revenant - 8
  • Mad Max: Fury Road - 7
  • Brooklyn - 6 
  • The Martian - 6
  • The Big Short - 5 
  • The Danish Girl - 5
  • Ex Machina - 5
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 4

Double nomination for Brit costume designer


The Costume Designers Guild revealed its nominations shortlist last night - and Brit Sandy Powell is once again top of the class.

She already has three Oscars to her name - for The Young Victoria, The Aviator and Shakespeare in Love.

She's now being recognised for her designs for period drama Carol and fantasy Cinderella.

The designers on Joy, Beasts of No Nation, Kingsmen, The Martian and Youth are in the running for the best contemporary film designers.

The awards will be handed out on February 23.

See the full shortlist.

Watch the nominations live

You can watch the nominations as it happens live on our website - just click the live coverage button above.

Who won last year?


To jog your memory, here's a run down of last year's big Bafta winners:

  • Best actor - Eddie Redmayne, Theory of Everything
  • Best actress - Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Best supporting actor - JK Simmons, Whiplash
  • Best supporting actress - Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Best film - Boyhood
  • Best director - Richard Linklater, Boyhood

While all four actors went on to pick up Oscar for their roles, Richard Linklater found himself on the sidelines as the voters favoured Alejandro G Inarritu's Birdman in both the best film and director categories.

Inarritu's bloody western The Revenant should feature heavily in today's nominations.

Get involved with the news

Keily Smith

Entertainment reporter

Who do you think will be nominated for Baftas this morning? Will Eddie Redmayne and Leonardo DiCaprio get best actor nods? What about Cate Blanchett and Saoirse Ronan?

Get in touch and let us know - tweet @BBCNewsEnts or email

Welcome to the Bafta Film Award nominations

Genevieve Hassan

Entertainment reporter


Good morning! In about 40 minutes we should know which actors, actresses and films have been nominated for this year's Bafta film awards.

Stephen Fry and Belle star Gugu Mbatha-Raw will be announcing the shortlist at 07:37 GMT precisely from Bafta HQ.

So stick around and we'll bring you news of all the nominees, as well as reaction to those who made the list.