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BAFTA to consider digital-only releases; film awards dates set

By Michael Rosser

The rise of digital platforms and growth in animation and documentary reflected in rule changes.

Wolf Hall

Mark Rylance, Idris Elba secure BAFTA TV nods

By Jake Kanter, Broadcast

Wolf Hall leads the nominations with four nods.

KEY DATES 2015/16

  • Nov 9 Entry deadline
  • Dec 9 Round One voting opens
  • Dec 17 Qualified films must screen to BAFTA members by this date
  • Jan 4 Round One voting closes
  • Jan 6 EE Rising Star Award Nominations Announcement
  • Jan 8 Nominations Announcement
  • Jan 8 Round Two voting opens
  • Feb 10 Round Two voting closes
  • Feb 12 Latest date for films to have been on general release
  • Feb 14 British Academy Film Awards

AWARDS FEATURES

The Big Short

'The Big Short': prophets of loss

Producers Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner and director Adam McKay of The Big Short tell Elbert Wyche how they made an entertaining, informative film about the build-up to the calamitous global banking meltdown.

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'Ex Machina': rise of the machine

As Alex Garland’s Ex Machina vies for five Baftas and two Oscars, the film-makers look back on its production and debate the pros and cons of an international release strategy that saw the sci-fi film become a sleeper hit in the US. Mark Salisbury reports.

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'Trumbo': from blacklist to shortlist

Bryan Cranston, the Oscar and Bafta-nominated star of Trumbo, talks to Jeremy Kay about digging deep to find the truth behind one of Hollywood’s screenwriting greats.

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Awards countdown: Bound for glory

With just two weeks to go until the Baftas on February 14, we are into the final stretch of awards season.

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The angels and their outfits

London costume house Angels has made and supplied outfits to hundreds of films, from Lawrence Of Arabia to Maggie Smith’s muddy boots in The Lady In The Van. As Bafta is poised to honour the company, Sarah Cooper meets the family of Angels.

Sandy Powell

Sandy Powell: the dress maker

UK costume designer Sandy Powell has four Bafta and Oscar nominations this year for her work on Cinderella and Carol. She talks to Tiffany Pritchard.

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Interview: 'The Revenant' composers, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto

Alternative music pioneer Ryuichi Sakamoto and his regular collaborator, the leading electronic musician known as Alva Noto, talk to Tiffany Pritchard about their Bafta-nominated work on The Revenant.

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Anthony Dod Mantle talks shooting 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

Inspired by Turner and Delacroix, cinematographer Anthony Dod Mantle tells Mark Salisbury how intensity was key for In The Heart Of The Sea.

COMMENT

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Locarno: 'Standing Tall' team win inaugural European Casting Director Award

Antoinette Boulat and Elsa Pharaon took home the prize, which has been founded to recognise an overlooked film-making sector.

AWARDS COUNTDOWN: INTERVIEWS

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Wildgaze: building on 'Brooklyn'

Celebrating six BAFTA nominations and three Oscar nominations, Wildgaze Films duo Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey look back at Brooklyn’s journey and ahead to their future slate and ambitions

Emmanuel Lubezki on the set of The Revenant

Emmanuel Lubezki on the gruelling shoot of 'The Revenant'

Cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki talks to Mark Salisbury about the gruelling shoot in ice and snow that ensured The Revenant became a wholly immersive viewing experience

Tom Courtenay and Charlotte Rampling

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay talk '45 Years'

Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay speak to Elbert Wyche about portraying a married couple shocked from their quietude by a ghost from the past, in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years 

Where To Invade Next

Michael Moore talks 'Where To Invade Next'

Michael Moore reveals how his electrifying Where To Invade Next was made under the radar.

Heart Of A Dog

Laurie Anderson reveals the inspirations for 'Heart Of A Dog'

Laurie Anderson talks the inspirations for her intimate documentary Heart Of A Dog.

Palio

Cosima Spender on making 'Palio'

Cosima Spender talks about making Palio under the watchful eye of Siena’s authorities.

Cartel Land

Matthew Heineman on entering the dangerous world of 'Cartel Land'

Matthew Heineman reveals why he simply picked up a camera and headed into the dangerous world of Mexico’s drug wars.

He Named Me Malala

'He Named Me Malala' producers talk switching from narrative to documentary

Producers Walter Parkes and Laurie Macdonald reveal why they changed tack to make Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala as a documentary rather than narrative feature.

Going Clear

Alex Gibney reveals Scientology intimidation

Alex Gibney describes the intimidation tactics deployed against his Scientology exposé.

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Strength in numbers: the making of 'Suffragette'

The team behind timely historical drama Suffragette speak about bringing the story to the screen and playing a part in global cultural change.

Directors and Writers

Awards Season: Directors, Writers

Interviews with Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Danny Boyle, Aaron Sorkin, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Phyllis Nagy.

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Steven Spielberg talks 'Bridge Of Spies' and future projects

Steven Spielberg reveals how his latest feature, Bridge Of Spies, has been more than 50 years in the making, why he continues to shoot on film and whether he would ever re-cast Indiana Jones. Michael Rosser reports

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Ridley Scott on why he landed on 'The Martian'

With The Martian, Ridley Scott has landed the biggest global hit of his career. The director tells Jeremy Kay about his initial reservations, working with Matt Damon and why he keeps so busy

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin talk 'Steve Jobs'

Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin, the director and writer of Steve Jobs, tell Mark Salisbury why it is crucial for film-makers to tell the stories of the tech titans shaping our world

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Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu on the challenges of 'The Revenant'

For Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, making The Revenant was comparable to Ernest Shackleton’s heroic exploration of the Antarctic. He tells Jeremy Kay about the challenges and rewards of endurance film-making

Carol

Writer Phyllis Nagy talks adapting 'Carol'

Directors, producers and actors came and went but Phyllis Nagy remained the one constant. The writer of Patricia Highsmith adaptation Carol talks to Nikki Baughan

Cary Fukunaga on the set of Beasts of no Nation

Cary Joji Fukunaga on the perilous 'Beasts Of No Nation' shoot

Making Beasts Of No Nation was a long-held ambition for True Detective director Cary Joji Fukunaga. He talks to Jeremy Kay about overcoming the perilous shoot and the Netflix pay-off

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Awards Season: The Actors

Interviews with Michael Fassbender, Brie Larson, Saoirse Ronan, Idris Elba, Alicia Vikander, Kate Winslet and Benicio del Toro.

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Target acquired: Benicio del Toro on 'Sicario'

Benicio del Toro talks to Jeremy Kay about his role as a ruthless killer in Denis Villeneuve’s Sicario and the disheartening lack of progress in the war on drugs since his work on Traffic in 2000.

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Saoirse Ronan and John Crowley discuss 'Brooklyn'

John Crowley, the director of Brooklyn, talks to his leading lady Saoirse Ronan about dancing with the camera, connecting to the role and a fortuitous meeting with Patti Smith. Wendy Mitchell reports.