Monday, February 9, 2015

BAFTA picks Boyhood, Theory of Everything, & Grand Budapest Hotel

I just posted my thoughts on Oscar nominations after a few weeks late, so it's not a big surprise that I completely forgot to make predictions for the BAFTA Awards which were held earlier today. I'd like to say I would've done well if I proceeded to, but that doesn't matter now. Anyways, the winners:

Best Film: Boyhood
Best British Film: The Theory of Everything
Best Director: Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of the Everything
Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay: The Theory of Everything
Best Foreign Language Film: Ida
Best Documentary: Citizenfour
Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie
Best Film Editing: Whiplash
Best Production Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Cinematography: Birdman
Best Costume Design: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup & Hair: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Original Music: The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Sound: Whiplash
Best Visual Effects: Interstellar
Best British Debut: Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone, Pride
Orange Rising Star: Jack O'Connell

After a slightly disappointing showing with the guilds stateside, Boyhood gained its awards season mojo back picking up 3 wins including Best Film and Best Director. Theory of Everything also received 3 wins including Best Actor and Best British Film and in fact it was the British film of choice as its main competitor and fellow Oscar BP nominee The Imitation Game walked away empty-handed. The Grand Budapest Hotel walked home with the most awards at 5 dominating the techs and winning Adapted Screenplay. Whiplash was the only other film to win more than one award with 3 wins including surprise wins for Editing and Sound. Oscar front-runner Birdman picked up a lone Cinematography award. Meanwhile, the BAFTAs decided to stick with the SAG winners for acting further solidifying Redmayne, Moore, Simmons, and Arquette's front-runner status especially considering that the BAFTAs could've shaken it up if they really wanted to. Finally, I was happy to see one of my favorite films of last year, Pride, get some recognition with its makers winning British Debut.

Posters by Malika Favre

Boyhood's and Redmayne's wins mean that at least three big categories are still in doubt come Oscar time as the winners for Picture, Director, and Actor are still very much in flux. The broad support as well for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Whiplash shows that the below-the-line awards might also be competitive including both Screenplay awards. To finish, I just want to take a final moment to praise this year's interpretive posters for the Best Film nominees annually commissioned by BAFTA. My favorites were for Boyhood and Theory of Everything (above), but all of them were brilliantly executed (see below for the others).

1 comment:

  1. This is a handsomely produced, sensitively acted picture, one that's eager to have you wipe away a tear with one hand while handing over gold statues with the other.


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