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Carol and The Danish Girl dominate BAFTA Film Award nominations

By Will Stroude

The full list of nominations for this year’s BAFTA Awards has been revealed ahead of next month’s ceremony (February 14), and it’s confirmed what we’ve known for quite some time: that it’s been a vintage year for LGBT cinema.

Moving historical biopic The Danish Girl and romantic drama film Carol have been recognised across the board, picking up eight nominations between them.

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The Danish Girl which was inspired by the life of Danish painter Lili Elbe, who became one of the first people in the world to undergo gender reassignment surgery in the mid-1920s, is up for three awards, including ‘Outstanding British Film’. It also receives ‘Best Actor’ and ‘Best Actress’ nods for leads Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander.

Meanwhile, the critically-acclaimed Carol leads the pack with five nominations, including ‘Best Film’, ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’.

Based from Patricia’s Highsmith’s 1952 romantic novel The Price of Salt, the The Todd Haynes-directed film also picks up ‘Best Leading Actress’ and Best Supporting Actress’ nominations for Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara respectively.

The BAFTA Awards 2016 will take place on Sunday, February 14 at London’s Royal Opera House, with Stephen Fry set to host for the 11th time. Check out the full list of nominations below:

Best Film

The Revenant
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies

Outstanding British Film

The Lobster
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
45 Years


Adam McKay – The Big Short
Ridley Scott – The Martian
Alejandro G. Iñárritu – The Revenant 
Todd Haynes – Carol
Steven Spielberg – Bridge of Spies

Leading Actress

Alicia Vikander – The Danish Girl
Saoirse Ronan – Brooklyn
Maggie Smith – The Lady In The Van
Cate Blanchett – Carol
Brie Larson – Room

Leading Actor

Bryan Cranston – Trumbo
Eddie Redmayne – The Danish Girl
Matt Damon – The Martian
Michael Fassbender – Steve Jobs
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Reverant

Supporting Actress

Julie Walters – Brooklyn
Rooney Mara – Carol
Kate Winslet – Steve Jobs
Jennifer Jason Leigh – The Hateful Eight
Alicia Vikander – Ex Machina

Supporting Actor

Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation
Benicio Del Toro – Sicario
Mark Ruffalo – Spotlight
Mark Rylance – Bridge of Spies
Christian Bale – The Big Short

Animated Film

Inside Out
Shaun The Sheep

Original Screenplay

Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, Josh Singer
Ex Machina – Alex Garland
Inside Out – Josh Cooley, Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve
The Hateful Eight – Quentin Tarantino
Bridge of Spies – Matthew Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen

Adapted Screenplay

Brooklyn – Nick Hornby
Steve Jobs – Aaron Sorkin
The Big Short – Adam McKay, Charles Randolph
Carol – Phyllis Nagy
Room – Emma Donoghue

Rising Star Award

John Boyega
Dakota Johnson
Taron Egerton
Bel Powley
Brie Larson

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