Full result and my opinions on the 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA 2015)


And I did it. I purposely woke up 5am this morning to catch the live online broadcast from London of the 68th British Academy Film Awards, or commonly known as BAFTAs. I had only about three to four hours of sleep last night just for this. Once the presentation ceremony was over, I head up straight for work with all the Monday blues and sleepy mood.

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Overall, I’m very satisfied with the results of this year’s BAFTAs. The deserving wins. The only surprising thing is from one of the successful British films last year, ‘The Imitation Game’. It gained 9 nominations but left empty-handed after the ceremony. Everyone thought that the movie deserved at least a single trophy, most probably in the adapted screenplay category that eventually went to ‘The Theory of Everything’, another critically-acclaimed British film in 2014. The film also went on to be one of the biggest winners of the night with win also in Best Leading Actor (for Eddie Redmayne) and in Outstanding British Film. Professor Stephen Hawking himself also attended the ceremony in support of Eddie and to the movie ‘The Theory of Everything’, a biopic based on him and his first wife, Jane. He was brought up to stage with standing ovation from the audiences when he is about to present the award for Best Visual Effects.

Coming-of-age drama film, ‘Boyhood’ took home three top prizes at the night; Best Film, Best Director and Best Supporting Actress (for Patricia Arquette). However, the biggest winner of the night (in numbers) would be ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, with win in 5 categories. On the other hand, ‘Whiplash’ performed above expectation with three wins. Another critically-acclaimed film, ‘Birdman’ went home disappointingly with only one award, while many expected the film to score at least 2 wins. But that disappointment didn’t go that worst compared to ‘The Imitation Game’ as mentioned earlier. Stephen Fry, hosting the ceremony for the 10th time did a great job again.

Hereby are the full result of the just concluded 68th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs 2015), the biggest event in UK’s film calendar.

BEST FILM

Boyhood (Winner)
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

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Comment: Expected that Boyhood will take Best Film. Most of all said it is an ordinary story told extraordinarily, and the movie makes history in cinema for its filming in 12 years. Eventhough I don’t really enjoy the film, but I will go with the majority’s critical acclaim to the film. Birdman seems to have a chance here too, but lost in the end.

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

The Theory of Everything (Winner)
’71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
Under The Skin

Comment: Happy for ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win. Eventhough it received a bit lower critics’ rating compared to ‘The Imitation Game’, but the subject the former addresses is more appealing and touching for voters. ‘The Theory of Everything’ still deserves to win this. I love the film.

BEST ACTOR IN A LEADING ROLE

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything (Winner)
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman

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Comment: Eddie Redmayne is phenomenal as Professor Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He nailed the role, which is seriously very hard to portray. I’m glad he win this. Now, he is tipped for Oscar glory end of this month. But still, he has to watch out for Michael Keaton, the strong dark horse and previous expected frontrunner in best actor category.

BEST ACTRESS IN A LEADING ROLE

Julianne Moore – Still Alice (Winner)
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

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Comment: Everyone knows that this is the year for Julianne Moore. No one else. The others have to step aside this year to make way for this great actress whom has not been truly acknowledged or honoured in the past. She is excellent.

BEST ACTOR IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

JK Simmons – Whiplash (Winner)
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Comment: A very predictable category. JK Simmons all the way. His role as the very harsh and abusive music teacher in ‘Whiplash’ gained everyone’s approval on his acting. If he isn’t here, then I’ll go for Edward Norton. He did very well in ‘Birdman’ too.

BEST ACTRESS IN A SUPPORTING ROLE

Patricia Arquette – Boyhood (Winner)
Rene Russo – Nightcrawler
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Emma Stone – Birdman

Comment: Also another very predictable category. I guess Patricia Arquette took all the supporting actress awards from this role. Wonderful and heartfelt performance in ‘Boyhood’. She is the only one in the movie that makes me to finish the 3-hour long film. If she isn’t here, then I’ll go for Emma Stone  from Birdman.

BEST DIRECTOR

Richard Linklater – Boyhood (Winner)
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle – Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Comment: Richard Linklater’s ambition of shooting the film ‘Boyhood’ in a span of 12 years is already breathtaking. Who else deserved to stop on his way to clinch the best director award? No way.

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten (Winner)
American Sniper – Jason Hall
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King

Comment: Hoping for ‘The Imitation Game’ to walk home with at least a win in this category. But no… ‘The Theory of Everything’ wins. I’m fine with that anyway. But wait…what is ‘Paddington’ doing here? Not worthy for a nomination here.

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson (Winner)
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Comment: Would prefer ‘Birdman’ to win this, since it is an excellent film and had only won one award in this BAFTA 2015. It seems like there isn’t enough recognition for ‘Birdman’ here. What a pity.

BEST ANIMATED FILM

The Lego Movie (Winner)
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls

Comment: BAFTA did it right on this one, so much better than the lousy Oscars that do not even care to nominate ‘The Lego Movie’ into their five nominees list for Best Animated Feature. I’m still angry. At least now, there is a consolation prize for the awesome ‘The Lego Movie’ from BAFTA here.

BEST DOCUMENTARY

Citizenfour (Winner)
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

BEST FOREIGN FILM (FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE)

Ida (Winner)
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki (Winner)
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryszard Lenczewski
Interstellar – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mr Turner – Dick Pope

Comment: Totally deserving for ‘Birdman’ to win in this category. Amazing cinematography!

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Winner)
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Comment: ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ excels in many smaller categories like this one and few more below, eventhough it doesn’t perform that well in major categories. Many creative and distinctive outputs from this film that made it totally deserving for several wins in BAFTA this year. But winning 5 at the night is a bit too much. I thought 3 or 4 trophies for this film is good enough.

BEST FILM EDITING

Whiplash – Tom Cross (Winner)
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

Comment: Happy that ‘Whiplash’ is also honoured in other category rather than just JK Simmons, again and again.

BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon (Winner)
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

BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat (Winner)
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson
Under the Skin – Mica Levi

Comment: I actually prefer ‘The Theory of Everything’ to win this. Absolutely fascinating and moving music from that Stephen and Jane Hawking’s biopic.

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock (Winner)
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

BEST SOUND

Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann (Winner)
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley (Winner)
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
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Comment: Glad that ‘Interstellar’ win at least for this category. Beautiful visual works in the film, but I guess after this, voters will be bored by another outer space film again.

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka (Winner)
Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad – Marcus Armitage

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM

Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney (Winner)
Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Karman Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers -S Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride) (Winner)
Elaine Constantine (writer/director Northern Soul)
Gregory Burke, Yann Demange (writer and director ’71)
Hong Khaou (writer/director Lilting)
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (director/producer and producer Kajaki: The True Story)

Comment: Didn’t watch ‘Pride’, and so I was actually rooting for the members behind the film ’71.

RISING STAR AWARD

Jack O’Connell (Winner)
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

Comment: A good choice in this category which is the only category voted by the public. Jack O’Connell certainly had a wonderful career in 2014 in films. His works in ’71’ and ‘Unbroken’ are incredible. He deserved to win. Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley are also great actually.

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