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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

And the 2015 BAFTAs goes to...!

The British 'Oscars' aka the BAFTAs were held Sunday night in London. Stephen Fry, who almost seems like a permanent fixture at the BAFTAs, was back to host the delayed ceremony. The awards used to air after the Oscars, but in recent years are now held before the Academy Awards.  Therefore, the BAFTAs are now seen as a good indicator of any big upsets leading up to Oscar's big night.

In that sense, Boyhood can be considered back in the race as it won both Best Picture and Best Director.  The PGA, SAG ensemble and DGA winner Birdman walked away with one award, for Emmanuel Lubezki's incredible cinematography.  The Theory of Everything's Eddie Redmayne asserted his frontrunner status with yet another win for best actor.  The film was also judged the best British film of the 2014.  Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel pretty much swept the technical awards, with wins for best costume, music, makeup and hair, and production design. The director himself won the best original screenplay. 

Starred Up, '71 and  Unbroken star Jack Connell was voted EE Rising Star by the public.  And as for the other acting awards, they went to the sure bets this awards season, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and JK Simmons for Still Alice, Boyhood and Whiplash respectively. 

Here's the full list of winners below.

Best film

Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

Outstanding British film

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

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

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

Film not in the English language

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


Citizenfour Laura Poitras

Animated film

The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


Richard Linklater Boyhood

Original screenplay

The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson

Adapted screenplay

The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten

Leading actor

Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything

Leading actress

Julianne Moore Still Alice

Supporting actor

JK Simmons Whiplash

Supporting actress

Patricia Arquette Boyhood

Original music

The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat


Birdman Emmanuel Lubezki


Whiplash Tom Cross

Production design

The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Costume design

The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero

Make-up and hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon


Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Special visual effects

Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

British short animation

The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

British short film

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

The EE rising star award (voted for by the public)

Jack O’Connell

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