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The British Film and Television Association unveiled the nominations for the 2016 BAFTA Awards on Friday morning, but some of Britain’s and Hollywood’s biggest stars and films didn’t get any shots at the honors.
Amid the crowd of familiar names and expected honorees — Eddie Redmayne and Michael Fassbender, Cate Blanchett and Brie Larson, Carol and The Martian in multiple categories — there were several notable snubs.
The biggest surprise was the awards shut out for Spectre. The latest James Bond film was the number one British film of 2015, earning $139 million locally, but it failed to impress BAFTA voters. Spectre was snubbed in the big categories of best film, best British film and best director and didn’t even get a mention in the technical categories of editing, sound, cinematography or visual effects.
Nearly as striking were this year’s BAFTA acting snubs. While the likes of Bryan Cranston, Idris Elba and Rooney Mara earned their first-ever BAFTA noms, several veteran British talents were left out.
The British academy ignored Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay for their critically acclaimed performances as a long-married couple in 45 Years (though the film did get one nomination in the best British film category). While she has won multiple BAFTAs, Helen Mirren’s performance in Trumbo went unnoticed, as did Tom Hardy’s turn as the title character in Mad Max: Fury Road, even though the film picked up seven BAFTA noms, all in technical categories.
Others notable for their absence on the BAFTA nominations list were Johnny Depp, who was ignored for his turn as Boston gangster Whitey Bulger in Black Mass, a film shut out across the board on Friday; Jacob Tremblay, the 9-year-old sensation who turned in a star-making performance in Room; and Michael Caine for Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, a role that recently earned him a best actor honor at the European Film Awards.
In the directing category, Danny Boyle was passed over by BAFTA for his helming of Steve Jobs. The film, however, picked up a best actor mention for Michael Fassbender, best supporting actress nom for Kate Winslet and an adapted screenplay nom for Aaron Sorkin.
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