The BAFTA Awards were presented on Sunday evening in London.
The Awards were hosted by everyone’s favourite atheist, Stephen Fry. As the Guardian reports, “Unusually for the Baftas, it was a lovely evening, weather wise, the red carpet bathed in a fading winter sunshine although, as host Stephen Fry joked, inside the Royal Opera House it was ‘simply pissing down with stars’.”
There were few surprises among the winners: Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, Patricia Arquette and J.K. Simmons all went home with more hardware.
The British Academy recognised Richard Linklater as Best Director for Boyhood. The film was also chosen as Best Film.
Wes Anderson’s screenplay for The Grand Budapest Hotel and Anthony McCarten’s script for The Theory of Everything both won.
The only real surprise of the evening – considering it’s the British Academy – was the fact that The Imitation Game – the wartime drama about Bletchley Park- was shut out.
Likewise, while Emmanuel Lubetzki won for Best Cinematographer for Birdman, the film was otherwise shut out (in contrast to the film’s success at the American Guilds).
Wes Anderson’s visually gorgeous The Grand Budapest Hotel won for Costume, Production Design and Makeup.
Whiplash predictably won Best Sound and Best Editing.
Veteran Mike Leigh was awarded the Academy Fellowship.
Jack O’Connell was given the Rising Star Award.
David Livingstone (Pride) was awarded Best New Producer, and Stephen Beresford (Pride) was awarded Best New Writer.
- Best Film: Boyhood
- Best Director: Richard Linklater: Boyhood
- Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything
- Best 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 British Film: The Theory of Everything
- Best Foreign Film: Ida
- Best Animated Film: The LEGO Movie