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Mad Max gets four awards at Baftas

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Cate Blanchett has missed out on best actress at the Baftas in London but George Miller's Mad Max movie picked up four awards.

Australian director George Miller's Mad Max: Fury Road has picked up four awards at British Academy Film Awards but Cate Blanchett missed out on winning best actress.

The 46-year-old was nominated for best actress for her role in the lesbian love story Carol.

But the award went to American Brie Larson for her role in Room as a young mother held hostage with her son.

Mad Max was not nominated for best film, director or acting but picked up awards for best editing (Margaret Sixel), best costume design (Jenny Beavan), best production design (Colin Gibson, Lisa Thompson) and best make-up and hair (Lesley Vanderwalt, Damian Martin).

On stage they all thanked director Miller for the opportunity to work on Mad Max, with Sixel, who is Miller's wife, saying it was "a dream job".

Mad Max was nominated for seven awards in total but veteran Australian cinematographer John Seale missed out on an award in his category to Emmanuel Lubezki for his work on the wilderness epic The Revenant.

That film was the big winner on the night, taking best film, best actor for Leonardo DiCaprio and best director in Alejandro G Inarritu.

Best supporting actor went to Mark Rylance for his role in Bridge of Spies and Kate Winslet won best supporting actress for her part in the film Steve Jobs.

Pioneering black American actor Sidney Poitier received a lifetime achievement award and Brooklyn was named best British picture.

The ceremony on Sunday night was held at the Royal Opera House and was hosted by Stephen Fry, with Blanchett and Australian comedian Rebel Wilson both presenting awards.

Wilson was the comedy turn of the night, playing on the theme of diversity following an ongoing debate during the movie awards season about why the film industry remains dominated by white actors.

"I have never been invited to the Oscars because as you know they are racists," she said to loud and sustained laughter.

She said she hoped to return one day to receive a Bafta herself and was already practising her "transgender face".

On Sunday night a group called Creatives of Colour Network staged a low-key protest on the red carpet against a lack of racial diversity in show business.

Blanchett had plenty of support on the red carpet, with many calling out "Cate, Cate" and one group of fans displayed the banner "Queen Blanchett".

She has been nominated seven times for a Bafta and has won three times, as leading actress for Elizabeth (1999) and Blue Jasmine (2014) and for supporting actress in The Aviator (2005).

Both Blanchett and Miller are in the running for Oscars when they are announced in Los Angeles on February 28.

The Baftas are often an indicator of Oscar success with last year's winners - Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, JK Simmons and Patricia Arquette - all winning the equivalent Oscars.

Source AAP

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