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Eddie Redmayne , Hannah Bagshawe - EE British Academy Film Awards Nominees Party Arrivals at Kensington Palace at British Academy Film Awards - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 14th February 2016

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Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne
Hannah Bagshawe and Eddie Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne , Hannah Bagshawe - Lancome BAFTA Nominees Party at Kensington Palace Gardens - Arrivals at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Saturday 13th February 2016

Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe

Kate Oates - Members of the Coronation Street cast spotted at Manchester Piccadilly Train Station after returning from the BAFTA Awards in London at BAFTA - Manchester, United Kingdom - Monday 9th May 2016

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BAFTA Television Awards 2016: 'Wolf Hall' Wins And Director Defends The BBC


BAFTA Peter Kosminsky Mark Rylance

Period drama 'Wolf Hall' was the big winner at 2016's House of Fraser British Academy Television Awards, with the show taking home Best Drama Series and star Mark Rylance landing the Leading Actor accolade. Despite the happy news though, director Peter Kosminsky had something very serious to say about the BBC.

Wolf HallWolf Hall wins big at the BAFTA Television Awards

Unsurprisingly, 'Wolf Hall' - the recipient of the Best Miniseries Golden Globe earlier this year - has nailed the BAFTAs with two prizes, as Mark Rylance himself adds another shiny trophy to his collection, the latest of which include a BAFTA Film Award and an Oscar for 'Bridge Of Spies'. But it was Peter Kosminsky who got the biggest applause of the night.

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Sir Trevor McDonald - The BAFTA TV Awards 2016 Winners Room at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Sir Trevor Mcdonald
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Tess Daly , Claudia Winkleman - The BAFTA TV Awards 2016 Winners Room at BAFTA - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 8th May 2016

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Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman
Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman

'Wolf Hall' Starring Mark Rylance Is The Biggest BAFTA TV 2016 Contender


BAFTA Mark Rylance

'Wolf Hall' vies against 'This is England '90' and 'Doctor Foster' in the 2016 BAFTA TV Award nominations with four nominations. The Mark Rylance drama series has kept audiences gripped since it hit the small screen, but is it enough to impress at this year's award ceremony?

Wolf HallWolf Hall leads nominations

Unsurprisingly, it has landed the most categories in total alongside 'Peter Kay's Car Share'. Leading Actress nominee Claire Foy faces off against the likes of Suranne Jones from 'Doctor Foster' Sheridan Smith in 'The C-Word' and 'Ruth Madeley' in 'Don't Take My Baby'; the latter two shows of which also compete in for Single Drama with 'Cyberbully' and 'The Go-Between'. 'Wolf Hall' also has an excellent contender for Leading Actor, but how will Mark Rylance fare alongside Ben Whishaw from 'London Spy', Stephen Graham from 'This is England '90' and Idris Elba from 'Luther'?

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Rebel Wilson Sparks Controversy With "Transgender Face" Comments At BAFTAs


Rebel Wilson BAFTA

Rebel Wilson provided one of the more controversial moments at this year’s BAFTAs by making jokes about the ongoing debate over the lack of diversity in the movie industry, and then shocking some viewers by mentioning that she was practicing her “transgender face”.

Taking to the stage to present the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor to Mark Rylance (for Bridge of Spies) at the Royal Opera House in London, the How To Be Single star took aim at the #OscarsSoWhite controversy in her own inimitable style.

“It's so great to be here at this really serious event,” the Australian actress said. “I have never been invited to the Oscars, because as you know they are racists, but the BAFTAs have diverse members and that's what we all want to see in life. Diverse members.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio Is Maggie Smith's BAFTA Valentine


Leonardo Dicaprio Maggie Smith BAFTA

'Downton Abbey' star Maggie Smith became the luckiest woman at the BAFTAS (and possibly in Britain) this weekend when she received a great big Valentine's kiss off none other than Oscar favourite Leonardo Dicaprio, following his Best Leading Actor win for 'The Revenant'. 

Leonardo DiCaprioMaggie Smith is one lucky lady

With the BAFTAs landing on Valentine's Day this year, organisers decided to set up a Kiss Cam to celebrate, like they have at sporting events. And to Maggie's surprise, the camera landed on her and Leo who was seated behind her, prompting him to lean forwards and plant a tender peck on her blushing cheek as host Stephen Fry announced their names. Adorably, the actress promptly appeared to return the kiss.

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Sacha Baron Cohen Jokes About 'Best White Actress' Award At BAFTAs


Sacha Baron Cohen BAFTA

When it comes to racial inequality in the film industry, comedian Sacha Baron Cohen wasn't afraid to put his point across as he arrived at the 69th BAFTA awards at the weekend. With the Academy Awards still causing a lively diversity debate, he insists that the problem goes much deeper than the Oscars.

Sacha Baron CohenSacha Baron Cohen talks diversity at the BAFTAs

Cohen was at the BAFTAs to present the award for Best Leading Actress, and he acknowledged that the British award ceremony was also at risk of being condemned for its under-representation of black actors, actresses and filmmakers. 'I'm here to give the award for the best white actress', he joked to reporters on the red carpet, according to the Guardian. 'I hear many Caucasians were nominated.'

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Stephen Fry Leaves Twitter After Backlash Over BAFTAs 'Bag Lady' Joke


Stephen Fry BAFTA

Stephen Fry has deleted his twitter account after coming under fire for a joke he made while hosting the BAFTA awards on Sunday evening (February 14th). Fry, who has hosted the awards ceremony for 10 years, had hit back at the online critics before removing his twitter account completely.

Stephen FryStephen Fry has deleted his twitter account.

After costume designer Jenny Beavan won the Best Costume Design award for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road, Fry joked: “Only one of the great cinematic costume designers would come to an awards ceremony dressed as a bag lady.”

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Leonardo DiCaprio Wins Best Actor BAFTA, As Oscars Glory Is In Sight


Leonardo Dicaprio BAFTA

Leonardo Dicaprio took home his first ever BAFTA on Sunday night (February 14th), during the star-studded ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House. DiCaprio picked up the Best Leading Actor award for his portrayal of 19th century frontiersman Hugh Glass in The Revenant, which also scooped Best Picture.

Leonardo DiCaprio BAFTASLeonardo DiCaprio has won Best Actor at this year’s BAFTAs.

Accepting the award DiCaprio said: “I'm absolutely humbled and I'm absolutely honoured by this award tonight. I have to say as an actor I have been inspired by so many British actors throughout the years.”

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Awards Season Shifts Up A Gear With BAFTA Nominations


BAFTA Matt Damon Ridley Scott Tom Hardy Charlotte Rampling Carey Mulligan

This is the point where the industry weighs in on the conversation that has been limited mainly to critics so far. Unsurprisingly, Carol and The Revenant feature heavily in the BAFTA race. But unlike the awards season to date, genre films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian were virtually locked out of the major categories. (The Martian managed nods for actor Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.)

Matt Damon in The Martian

Also unexpected for Bafta was the absence of local favourites like Tom Hardy, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan, and not even one craft nomination for Spectre. Bafta voters also failed to nominate two other current favourites: Creed and Joy.

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Eddie Redmayne, 'Carol' And 'Bridge Of Spies' Lead 2016 BAFTA Nominations


BAFTA Eddie Redmayne Cate Blanchett Tom Hanks

Last year’s Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has received his second BAFTA nod in as many years for his star turn in The Danish Girl, with Bridge of Spies and Carol leading the 2016 BAFTA nominations with appearances in nine categories each.

Todd Haynes’ 1950s-set lesbian romance Carol, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, is jockeying with Steven Spielberg’s Cold War drama that features Tom Hanks and Mark Rylance in the most categories. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who missed out on the Best Film last year for Birdman, is back in contention with The Revenant which has eight nominations.

Mad Max: Fury Road, which saw director George Miller return after a lengthy absence, has seven nominations, while Ridley Scott’s The Martian and British film Brooklyn received six. All with five nods were The Big Short, The Danish Girl and Ex-Machina. Alicia Vikander, who features in both of the latter two movies, is up for both Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress for her respective roles.

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Alan Rickman Shares 'Harry Potter' And 'Die Hard' Secrets At BAFTA's Life In Pictures Career Celebration


Alan Rickman BAFTA

The career of Alan Rickman was celebrated on Wednesday evening, as the 69 year old was the subject of latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Charming the audience with tales from his storied career, Rickman spoke about some of his most famous roles including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Alan RickmanRickman looked back on his career during the BAFTA event.

Rickman began his film career a little later than most in 1988, when he was in his 40s. Looking back on his late start in films Rickman told the audience, “To be perfectly honest, having a film career is a bit of a surprise.”

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