Richard Linklater &'Boyhood' Take Top Prizes at 2015 BAFTA Awards

February 8, 2015

2015 BAFTAs

Last night, the United Kingdom had their big night for Hollywood at the 68th BAFTA Awards, honoring the best in film from last year. These awards don't really have an influence on the Oscars, but it's always interesting to see who our friends across the pond decide to hand out awards to. And this year, it looks like there's a some dissension between countries because despite the fact that Birdman has won the major PGA, DGA and SAG awards, making it a frontrunner for the 87th Academy Awards, it was actually Boyhood that took home the Best Film prize at the BAFTAs and director Richard Linklater won Best Director.

Here's the winners of the 68th BAFTA Awards given out last night in the UK (winners in bold):

Best Film:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film:
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
Under the Skin

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:
Writer/Director Elaine Constantine - Northern Soul
Writer Gregory Burke, Director Yann Demange - '71
Writer/Director Hong Khaou - Lilting
Director/Producer Paul Katis, Producer Andrew de Lotbiniere - Kajaki: The True Story
Writer Stephen Beresford, Producer David Livingstone - Pride

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
James Marsh - The Theory Of Everything
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

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
J.K. 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 Screenplay:
Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo - Birdman
Richard Linklater - Boyhood
Wes Anderson - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Dan Gilroy - Nightcrawler
Damien Chazelle - Whiplash

Adapted Screenplay:
Jason Hall - American Sniper
Gillian Flynn - Gone Girl
Graham Moore - The Imitation Game
Paul King - Paddington
Anthony McCarten - The Theory of Everything

Animated Film:
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The LEGO Movie

20 Feet From Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Finding Vivian Maier

Film Not in the English Language:
The Lunchbox
Two Days, One Night

Original Music:
Antonio Sanchez - Birdman,
Alexandre Desplat - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Hans Zimmer - Interstellar
Johann Johannsson - The Theory of Everything
Mica Levi - Under the Skin

Emmanuel Lubezki - Birdman
Robert Yeoman - The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski - Ida
Hoyte van Hoytema - Interstellar
Dick Pope - Mr. Turner

The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Production Design:
Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Mr. Turner

Costume Design:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

American Sniper
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game

Special Visual Effects:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
X-Men: Days of Future Past

Make-Up and Hair:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy
Into the Woods
Mr. Turner
The Theory of Everything

Short Animation:
The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

British Short Film:
Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Kármán Line
Three Brothers

EE Rising Star Award:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Jack O’Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

So there's your winners for the 68th BAFTA Awards. Congrats to everyone! It's nice to see Boyhood get some love from the United Kingdom, but it's pretty surprising to see Birdman get shut out almost completely. The only prize the film took home was for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, and that's two in a row after he won last year for Gravity. It'll be interesting to see what Birdman ends up getting at the Oscars in a couple weeks, especially with Eddie Redmayne gaining momentum for Best Actor. In addition, The Grand Budapest Hotel took home a good chunk of awards like Original Screenplay by Wes Anderson and Original Music by Alexandre Desplat, not to mention several technical awards. Will it fare as well at the Academy Awards? We'll have to wait and see. What do you think of the winners?

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Finally some recognition for Mica Levi (at least the nomination). Mindblowing soundtrack, which i still remember (unlike The Grand Budapest Hotel)

Butchy Butch on Feb 8, 2015


Still think Grand Budapest Hotel is going to take home the big award on Feb 22nd

Joker's hideout on Feb 9, 2015


Flawless Victory. Although BIRDMAN would have been equally flawless.

DAVIDPD on Feb 12, 2015

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