The best of Hollywood and the British film industry descended on Covent Garden at the start of the week to celebrate the biggest night in the British film industry’s calendar – the 68th British Academy Film Awards (or the BAFTAs).
The ceremony wasn’t without a few surprises, though. Awards season high-flyer Birdman had its wings clipped and only took home the cinematography prize from a staggering 10 nominations, whilst WWII code-breaking drama The Imitation Game won nothing despite 9 nominations.
Wes Anderson’s kooky comedy The Grand Budapest Hotel collected a total of five BAFTAs, and American coming-of-age epic Boyhood added to its already substantial award tally with the Best Director and Best Film prizes.
Julianne Moore was named Best Actress for her role in Still Alice – following wins in the same category at the Golden Globes and the Critics’ Choice Awards, and Eddie Redmayne beat leading man favourite Michael Keaton to win Best Actor for playing theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
And after being snubbed from the Oscars, Australian/American co-venture The Lego Movie won the Best Animated Film award.
Intellectual British icon Stephen Fry hosted the popular ceremony.
The full winners list is as follows:
Outstanding British Film:
The Theory of Everything
Richard Linklater – Boyhood
Best Leading Actor:
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Best Leading Actress:
Julianne Moore – Still Alice
Best Supporting Actor:
J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
Best Supporting Actress:
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood
Best Original Screenplay:
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Adapted Screenplay:
Anthony McCarten – The Theory of Everything
Best Original Music:
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel
EE Rising Star Award:
Best Animated Film:
The Lego Movie
Best Film Not in the English Language:
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer:
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone – Pride
Emmanuel Lubezki – Birdman
Best Special Visual Effects:
Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter – Interstellar
Best Production Design:
Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Costume Design:
Milena Canonero – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Best Makeup and Hair:
Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann – Whiplash
Tom Cross – Whiplash
Best Short Film:
Boogaloo And Graham
Best Short Animation:
The Bigger Picture
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:
Now all that’s left to do is wait for the Academy Awards on February 22nd, Tinseltown. Stay tuned, it’s going to be a tight contest…