Yesterday morning (8th January), bright and early, although luckily not as early as the Oscar nominations, the nominations for this year's BAFTA Film Awards was announced by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Stephen Fry.
Here is a selection of the nominees::
The Big Short
Bridge Of Spies
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Danish Girl
Bryan Cranston (Trumbo)
Matt Damon (The Martian)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant)
Michael Fassbender (Steve Jobs)
Eddie Redmayne (The Danish Girl)
Cate Blanchett (Carol)
Brie Larson (Room)
Saoirse Ronan (Brooklyn)
Maggie Smith (The Lady In The Van)
Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale (The Big Short)
Benicio del Toro (Sicario)
Idris Elba (Beasts Of No Nation)
Mark Ruffalo (Spotlight)
Mark Rylance (Bridge Of Spies)
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight)
Rooney Mara (Carol)
Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina)
Julie Walters (Brooklyn)
Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs)
Todd Haynes (Carol)
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (The Revenant)
Adam McKay (The Big Short)
Ridley Scott (The Martian)
Steven Spielberg (Bridge Of Spies)
A full list of nominees can be found here
Carol and Bridge Of Spies both have nine nominations and lead the field. The Revenant has eight, whilst Mad Max: Fury Road has seven.
A lot of the usual names here which are no surprise. I was surprised to see The Big Short and Trumbo making the nominations (as I wasn't sure if they'd had a release here to make them eligible). It's interesting that BAFTA have put Alicia Vikander as Best Actress for The Danish Girl (although they're not the first awards body to do so) but that does mean she is also nominated for Ex Machina. They've also thrown up some interesting possibilities for the Best Supporting Actor category, which is arguably the most open category so far this year.
This year's BAFTA Rising Star award nominees are John Boyega, Taron Egerton, Dakota Johnson, Brie Larson and Bel Powley. This award is voted on by the general public and you can vote for your favourite here.
The BAFTA Film Awards will be handed out on Sunday 14th February at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
For those of you who aren't fans of this awards season frippery, you're in for a bit of a week of it. The blog's going to be teeming with the stuff until next Thursday, so at least you've got fair warning. Here's the timetable for the next week:
10/01/16 - Golden Globes ceremony
12/01/16 - Directors' Guild Awards nominations
13/01/16 - Golden Raspberry Awards nominations
14/01/16 - Oscar nominations
Enjoy the rest of your weekend, we'll have a review of The Hateful Eight for you shortly!