|Hosted by Stephen Fry|
Best Actress Brie Larson Room
Date 14 February 2016
Host Stephen Fry
Best british film Brooklyn
|Best Film The Revenant|
Most awards The Revenant (5)
Other ceremonies 2015, 2017
Site Royal Opera House, London
|Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio
Most nominations Bridge of Spies and Carol (9)
Location Royal Opera House, London, United Kingdom
The 69th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 14 February 2016 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2015. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2015.
The nominations were announced on 8 January 2016 by Stephen Fry and actress Gugu Mbatha-Raw. Bridge of Spies and Carol received the the most nominations at nine each. Despite leading the field in nominations, Carol failed to win any awards and Bridge of Spies won just one; Mark Rylance for Best Supporting Actor.
The Revenant won the most awards at the ceremony, winning five, including Best Film, Best Director for Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki. Brie Larson won Best Actress for Room and Kate Winslet won Best Supporting Actress for Steve Jobs. Mad Max: Fury Road won four awards, winning Best Costume Design, Best Editing, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Production Design. Brooklyn, directed by John Crowley, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2015. Sidney Poitier was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his contribution to cinema.
The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One and was watched by 4.5 million viewers, down from 4.9 million in 2015 and the lowest television audience since 2010.
The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One at 9 p.m. GMT, around two hours later than the actual ceremony. For the 11th time, Stephen Fry acted as the host. The ceremony commenced with a segment commemorating the year in film, which was accompanied by the song "Heroes" by David Bowie, who had died the previous month. Highlighting that the ceremony was being held on Valentine's Day, the ceremony showed a kiss cam where random celebrities such as Dame Maggie Smith and Leonardo DiCaprio were persuaded by Fry to kiss each other. Fry also received a number of negative comments after he said of Best Costume Design winner Jenny Beavan (Mad Max: Fury Road) as "Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady". He subsequently deleted his Twitter account following criticism of his joke.
A number of presenters referred to the lack of diversity at the Academy Awards. Rebel Wilson and Sacha Baron Cohen both made jokes referring to the controversy. Sidney Poitier was not present to collect his fellowship due to ill health. Jamie Foxx and Poitier's daughter Sydney Tamiia Poitier presented the award to him in person at his home in Los Angeles. Oprah Winfrey, Lulu, and Noel Clarke paid tribute to him in a filmed segment.
The In Memoriam section featured Sir Alan Rickman, Melissa Mathison, Andrew Lesnie, Maureen O'Hara, Gayle Griffiths, Haskell Wexler, Colin Welland, James Horner, David Bowie, Ron Moody, June Randall, Julie Harris, Frank Finlay, Philip French, Vilmos Zsigmond, Albert Maysles, Richard Johnson, Wes Craven, Jacques Rivette, Penelope Houston, Tommie Manderson, Christopher Wood, Saeed Jaffrey, Sheila Sim, and Sir Christopher Lee.
The nominees were announced on 8 January 2016. The winners were announced on 14 February 2016.