Smoke Screen's reviews of the 2016 BAFTA nominated films

 Carol leads the BAFTA pack with nine nominations

Carol leads the BAFTA pack with nine nominations

Last week saw the 2016 BAFTA nominations, with some notable frontrunners (Bridge of Spies and Carol each receive nine nominations) and some glaring omissions (no nominations for actors Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay for Andrew Haigh's superb 45 Years?). It is the perfect time to bring together all the Smoke Screen reviews of the frontrunner films in the main 'best film' categories, barring those that were overlooked, have yet to screen for online critics in in the UK, or go on wide release:

Best film
The Big Short
Bridge of Spies
The Revenant

Outstanding British film
45 Years
The Danish Girl
Ex Machina
The Lobster

Best film not in the English language
The Assassin
Force Majeure
Wild Tales

Best documentary
Cartel Land
He Named Me Malala
Listen to Me Marlon

Best animated film
Inside Out
Shaun the Sheep the Movie

The EE British Academy Film Awards take place on Sunday 14 February at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. The ceremony will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three. You can see the full list of nominations here.


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