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Baftas 2016 predictions: Who will win big at the UK film awards?

Hollywood royalty will be descending on London for the 69th British Academy Film Awards on 14 February. Stephen Fry will once again preside over hosting duties at the Royal Opera House, where the best movies of the past year will be celebrated.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Bryan Cranston and Brad Pitt are all confirmed to be attending the most important ceremony in the British film calendar. But who will triumph on the night, giving us an indicator of who could walk away with Hollywood’s top prize, an Oscar? In this video, IBTimes UK film critics Amy West and Ben Skipper make their predictions.

Best Actor

Bryan Cranston − Trumbo

Matt Damon − The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio − The Revenant

Michael Fassbender − Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne − The Danish Girl

Prediction: This one is not even a contest. All hail Leonardo DiCaprio, the annointed one.

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett − Carol

Brie Larson − Room

Saoirse Ronan − Brooklyn

Maggie Smith − The Lady In The Van

Alicia Vikander − The Danish Girl

Prediction: This is another award with only one winner. Brie Larson is a dead cert to be honoured for her sublime performance in Room.

Best Supporting Actor

Christian Bale − The Big Short

Benicio del Toro − Sicario

Idris Elba − Beasts Of No Nation

Mark Ruffalo − Spotlight

Mark Rylance − Bridge Of Spies

Prediction: With Oscar frontrunner Sylvester Stallone not in the reckoning here, expect a two-way Brit battle for this award between Idris Elba and Mark Rylance for this award. We’ll stick our neck out and say Rylance will win the Bafta.

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Jason Leigh − The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara − Carol

Alicia Vikander − Ex Machina

Julie Walters − Brooklyn

Kate Winslet − Steve Jobs

Prediction: Another very competitive category. It will probably go to either Rooney Mara or Kate Winslet, but the latter has the home appeal to make it another gong to add to the 40-year-old’s already large trophy collection.

Best Director

Todd Haynes − Carol

Alejandro G. Iñárritu − The Revenant

Adam McKay − The Big Short

Ridley Scott − The Martian

Steven Spielberg − Bridge Of Spies

Prediction: Iñárritu lost out on the same award last year to Richard Linklater, but went on to win the Oscar for best director for Birdman. Expect Bafta to reward him this year instead for The Revenant.

Best Picture

The Big Short

Bridge Of Spies

Carol

The Revenant

Spotlight

Prediction: This has to be one of the closest and hardest to predict best film contests in years. Spotlight is the most serious picture of the group, so don’t be surprised if it wins the night’s biggest award.

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