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Saturday, January 10, 2015

2015 BAFTA nominations announced!

The British are coming! The British are coming! Well, not really, but the nominations for the 68th Annual BAFTAs are in and they're a doozy. I already see lots of snubs and omissions: Unbroken, Selma, Mr. Turner all have been denied a nomination. Smaller movies and movies that didn't just release only last month have also been rewarded quite nicely as The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood and Nightcrawler all earned nods today.

I was delighted to see Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox score a nomination in Film Not in English Language category. Hindi films have had some success landing nominations in this category before. And I'm equally pleased to see The Grand Budapest Hotel getting so much love (leading the pack with 11 nominations!). Now that I think about it, it was one of my favorite films last year. But I was definitely surprised to see that How To Train Your Dragon 2 was left out in Best Animated film category, it sure seems like The LEGO Movie is going to have a clear path to the podium, unless Laika's utterly charming The Boxtrolls has something to say about that.

In a year that hasn't had much clear consensus except for the praise that Boyhood has been receiving, the Best Picture category does seem like it could be anyone's guess.  We'll see how it all works out next week when the Oscar noms are announced.  Get ready everyone, awards season is full swing!

Here are the full list of nominations for the BAFTAs:

Best film

Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W Skotchdopole

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Imitation Game Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

The Theory of Everything Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Outstanding British film

’71 Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke

The Imitation Game Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore

Paddington Paul King, David Heyman

Pride Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford

The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten

Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Elaine Constantine (writer/director) Northern Soul

Gregory Burke (writer), Yann Demange (director) ’71

Hong Khaou (writer/director) Lilting

Paul Katis (director/producer), Andrew Lotbinière (producer) Kajaki: The True Story

Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride

Film not in the English language

Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska

Leviathan Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov

The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga

Trash Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier

Two Days, One Night Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd


20 Feet from Stardom Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen

20,000 Days on Earth Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Finding Vivian Maier John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

Virunga Orlando von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara

Animated film

Big Hero 6 Don Hall, Chris Williams

The Boxtrolls Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Alejandro González Iñárritu Birdman

Richard Linklater Boyhood

Wes Anderson The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Marsh The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle Whiplash

Original screenplay

Birdman Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bó

Boyhood Richard Linklater

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Nightcrawler Dan Gilroy

Whiplash Damien Chazelle

Adapted screenplay

American Sniper Jason Hall

Gone Girl Gillian Flynn

The Imitation Game Graham Moore

Paddington Paul King

The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Leading actor

Benedict Cumberbatch The Imitation Game

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Jake Gyllenhaal Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton Birdman

Ralph Fiennes The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading actress
Amy Adams Big Eyes

Felicity Jones The Theory of Everything

Julianne Moore Still Alice

Reese Witherspoon Wild

Rosamund Pike Gone Girl

Supporting actor

Edward Norton Birdman

Ethan Hawke Boyhood

JK Simmons Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo Foxcatcher

Steve Carell Foxcatcher

Supporting actress

Emma Stone Birdman

Imelda Staunton Pride

Keira Knightley The Imitation Game

Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Rene Russo Nightcrawler

Original music

Birdman Antonio Sánchez

The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar Hans Zimmer

The Theory of Everything Jóhann Jóhannsson

Under the Skin Mica Levi


Birdman Emmanuel Lubezki

The Grand Budapest Hotel Robert Yeoman

Ida Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski

Interstellar Hoyte van Hoytema

Mr Turner Dick Pope


Thanks to a tie in voting in this category, there are six nominations.

Birdman Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

The Grand Budapest Hotel Barney Pilling

The Imitation Game William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler John Gilroy

The Theory of Everything Jinx Godfrey

Whiplash Tom Cross

Production design

Big Eyes Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau

The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

The Imitation Game Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald

Interstellar Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

Mr Turner Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Costume design

The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

The Imitation Game Sammy Sheldon Differ

Into the Woods Colleen Atwood

Mr Turner Jacqueline Durran

The Theory of Everything Steven Noble

Make-up and hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon

Guardians of the Galaxy Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

Into the Woods Peter Swords King, J Roy Helland

Mr Turner Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener

The Theory of Everything Jan Sewell

Birdman Thomas Varga, Martin Hernández, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño

American Sniper Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak

The Imitation Game John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Special visual effects

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett

Guardians of the Galaxy Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White

Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

X-Men: Days of Future Past Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

British short animation

The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Monkey Love Experiments Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson

My Dad Marcus Armitage

British short film

Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Emotional Fusebox Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard

The Kármán Line Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp

Slap Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland

Three Brothers Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

The EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

Jack O’Connell

Margot Robbie

Miles Teller

Shailene Woodley

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