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Sunday, February 08, 2015

2015 BAFTA Awards Winners


As every single year is time to get really frustrate as is is extremely hard to understand the reason why there is NO LIVE "something" from the BAFTA's awards ceremony. Say "something" because there is NO LIVE broadcast as has a 2 hour delay and obviously there is NO LIVE (or dead for that matter) stream. Frustrating as we can see LIVE awards ceremony from all over the world and perhaps the second most important from awards season, second to Oscars, is delayed on TV and IF you wish to learn winners live have to follow twitter posts. Sigh.

Of course that's the way we will check the winners and will post them here LIVE.

Was not immediately but finally watched the complete televised awards ceremony and to my utmost pleasure, as I really appreciate British humor, LOVED Stephen Fry humor and hosting style with a range that went from serious seriousness to utter irreverence.

Most pleasant was to be able to see presenters, as is hard to believe that there was no red carpet coverage for Noomi Rapace and Dame Kristin Scott Thomas!  Both were there to present awards.  As a matter of fact Noomi presented along almost bald Jesse Eisenberg (because he is Lex Luthor in next Superman), an actor I highly enjoy too.  Talking about presenters seems that the most outstanding good looking couple in the red carpet presented not one but two awards, unfortunately those awards were not broadcasted entirely and we were able to see just for a few too-fast seconds none other than Léa Seydoux and Monica Bellucci. Sigh.

Then you had the most wonderful acceptance speeches.  For me the best was the last of the evening as what was said was remarkably frank, direct, honest and true; yes,  Mike Leigh gave the best acceptance speech of the night.  The second speech was very similar but made me laugh hard as truly was unexpected, let me explain.  Most of the nominated directors were not there as the night before the Directors Guild of America had their awards ceremony and even when allegedly Harvey Weinstein offer a jet to transport them from LA to London, no one was able to attend the BAFTA's even when some knew they will not win a DGA award. So when Ralph Fiennes read hilarious Wes Anderson acceptance speech no one was expecting him to be so frank, direct, honest and truthful!

What I like about BAFTA televised ceremony is that organizers are NOT trying to do an entertaining TV Show as, for example, Oscar painfully and many times unsuccessfully try to do; they televise the ceremony that mainly is a true short ceremony where known actors give awards to industry colleagues and gee, each year, even when already know who won what, I find the ceremony to be short, very funny, and great to watch television.

But besides not having a live broadcast and/or stream I have something very negative to say about BAFTA organizers.  In the memorial they forgot one of my favorite FILM actors, Bob Hoskins.  Terrible omission and is no excuse to say that he was already honored in the Television Awards as an actor of his magnitude was better know all over the world for his movies that for whatever TV he did.  Anyway the omission has become a great reminder of his many performances, so R.I.P. Bob Hoskins.

Believe it or not The Grand Budapest Hotel is the grand winner of the night with five (5) awards but film didn't get any of the top awards that went to Boyhood as best film and best director.

Winners are in *BLUE. If you wish to read winners at the official site go here.

Best Film
Birdman
*Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film
'71
The Imitation Game
Paddington
Pride
*The Theory of Everything
Under The Skin

Film Not In The English Language
*Ida
Leviathan
The Lunchbox
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Documentary
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
*Citizenfour
Finding Vivian Maier
Virunga

Animated Film
Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
*The Lego Movie

Director
Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman
*Richard Linklater for Boyhood
James Marsh for The Theory of Everything

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
*Stephen Beresford (writer) and David Livingstone (producer) for Pride
Gregory Burke (writer) and Yann Demange (director) for '71
Elaine Constantine (writer/director) for Northern Soul
Paul Katis (director/producer) and Andrew de Lotbinière (producer) for Kajaki: The True Story
Hong Khaou (writer/director) for Lilting

Leading Actress
Amy Adams in Big Eyes
Felicity Jones in The Theory of Everything
*Julianne Moore in Still Alice
Rosamund Pike in Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon in Wild

Supporting Actress
*Patricia Arquette in Boyhood
Kiera Knightley in The Imitation Game
Rene Russo in Nightcrawler
Emma Stone in Birdman
Imelda Staunton in Pride

Leading Actor
Benedict Cumerbatch in The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal in Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton in Birdman
*Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything

Supporting Actor
Steve Carell in Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke in Boyhood
Edward Norton in Birdman
Mark Ruffalo in Foxcatcher
*J.K. Simmons in Whiplash

Original Screenplay
Damien Chazelle for Whiplash
Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler
*Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr and Armando Bo for Birdman
Richard Linklater for Boyhood

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

Original Music
*Alexandre Desplat for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jóhann Jóhannsson for The Theory of Everything
Mica Levi for Under The Skin
Antonio Sanchez for Birdman
Hans Zimmer for Interstellar

Cinematography
Hoyte van Hoytema for Interstellar
*Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
Dick Pope for Mr. Turner
Robert Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Lukasz Zal and Ryzsard Lenczewski for Ida

Editing (Due to a tie in voting, there are six nominations)
Douglas Crise and Stephen Mirrione for Birdman
*Tom Cross for Whiplash
John Gilroy for Nightcrawler
Jinx Godfrey for The Theory of Everything
William Goldberg for The Imitation Game
Barney Pilling for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Production Design
Nathan Crowley and Gary Fettis for Interstellar
Suzie Davis and Charlotte Watts for Mr. Turner
Maria Djurkovic and Tatiana MacDonald for The Imitation Game
Rick Heinrichs and Shane Vieau for Big Eyes
*Adam Stockahusen and Anna Pinnock for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Costume Design
Colleen Atwood for Into The Woods
*Milena Canonero for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jacqueline Durran for Mr. Turner
Steven Noble for The Theory of Everything
Sammy Sheldon Differ for The Imitation Game

Make Up & Hair
Christine Blundell and Lesa Warrener for Mr. Turner
*Frances Hannon for The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jan Sewell for The Theory of Everything
Peter Swords King and J. Roy Helland for Into the Woods
Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou and David White for Guardians of the Galaxy

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

Special Visual Effects
Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist and Daniel Barrett for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner and Nicolas Aithadi for Guardians of the Galaxy
Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton and R. Christopher White for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
*Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher and Andrew Lockley for Interstellar
Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie and Cameron Waldbauer for X-Men: Days of Future Past

British Short Film
*Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Karman Line
Slap
Three Brothers

British Short Animation
*The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

Rising Star in 2015
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
*Jack O'Connell
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

*Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema:  BBC Films

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1/9/15
Today the British Academy announced the nominations for the current edition with no real surprises, except finding that AGAIN the nods look quite similar to what Oscar nominations could be next week.

Perhaps what can be surprising is that Wes Anderson's The Grand Hotel Budapest leads the pack with 11 nominations followed by The Theory of Everything and Birdman with 10 each. The Imitation Game has nine nominations. Boyhood and Whiplash are each nominated five times. Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler and Interstellar receive four nominations. Pride has three nominations.

Surely the biggest surprise comes in the Outstanding British Film category where Paddington is nominated but well, not even its two nominations will make me watch the film, sigh. Then can't deny the pleasant surprise to find in the not in English category, Trash by Stephen Daldry, the Brazilian story film starring Rooney Mara.

It's a nice surprise to see Rene Russo being honored for her performance in Nightcrawler which definitively will be a push for an Oscar nod. Another actress that gets a push is Amy Adams with her nomination in the Best Actress category for her role in Big Eyes whom, in my opinion, occupies a spot that should have gone to Marion Cotillard (sigh).

Definitively the surprises are the snubbed ones like Mr. Turner that only gets mentioned in tech categories and most surprising is the omission of Cannes Best Actor winner Timothy Spall with a performance that I find superior to let say, Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest Hotel. But most surprising is Selma being shutout, still press news say that film was not seen as screeners arrived late. Somehow I was expecting Jessica Chastain to get a nomination and well, yes, also Meryl Streep (!) but no, both actresses were snubbed.

So glad Whiplash got four nominations as I really enjoyed the second feature film by Damien Chazelle and know that unless something really bizarre happens, J.K. Simmons will win the Oscar and maybe the BAFTA.  Maybe because there is something odd in the Supporting Actor nominees, Steve Carell getting a nomination in this category! Not only Carell has a lead role in Foxcatcher but he also delivers an award-winner performance that should be recognized even when his character is horrendous, so disturbing; but he does him so well, sigh.

To see nominations in BAFTA official site go here for press release or here for categories within site. The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Sunday February 8th at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, will be hosted by Stephen Fry and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD, preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three. No there is no live stream and surely TV broadcast will be delayed, so we will learn winners live via social media as have done in previous years.

Stephen Fry and Sam Clafin announce the nominations



Audience voted Rising Star - Stephen Fry announces the nominees


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