February 9, 2015 7:53:39 am
Richard Linklater’s coming-of-age drama ‘Boyhood’ won three of the biggest awards at the BAFTA 2015 including the best picture and director but whimsical drama ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ walked away with maximum five trophies.
‘Boyhood’, a moving, groundbreaking film about growing up and shot with the same actors for over 12 years, was named the best film at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), hosted by comedian Stephen Fry.
Linklater, 54, won the best director trophy while Patricia Arquette, 46, bagged the best supporting actress gong for her portrayal of a divorced mother struggling to raise two kids.
Accepting her award, an emotional Arquette said Linklater had made a film like no other, which had broken “the rules of cinema… You made an ordinary story extraordinary.”
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The award for leading actress went to Julianne Moore for her moving role of a linguistics professor struggling with Alzheimer’s in ‘Still Alice’.
“Thank you for including me among these beautiful performances both British Felicity, Rosamund and American Amy and Reese I’m honoured to be honoured with you tonight,” she said while acknowledging fellow nominees.
Eddie Redmayne was named the best actor for his role in ‘The Theory of Everything’. He beat competition from his closest rival and fellow countryman Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Ralph Fiennes (Budapest), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton (Birdman).
The Stephen Hawking biopic won two more awards — adapted screenplay and outstanding British film — while ‘Imitation Game’ failed to win any trophy despite its nine nominations.
Redmayne, 33, dedicated the award to his family, to the cast and crew and Hawking, “for reminding me of the great strength that comes from the will to live a full and passionate life.”
‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which dominated the craft categories, won best original music, makeup and hair, costume design, production design, as well as best original screenplay for its absent director Wes Anderson.
‘Whiplash’, a film written and directed by Damien Chazelle based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band, won three awards including best editing, best sound and best supporting actor award for JK Simmons as the tyrannical, perfection-seeking music teacher Terence Fletcher.
Thanking Chazelle, his wife, children, and parents, Simmons said, “The whole experience has been a gift to me.”
Satirical drama ‘Birdman’, which bagged many nominations at the upcoming Oscars, managed to win just one award for the best cinematography.
The winner of the best documentary was Laura Poitras’ gripping ‘Citizenfour’, which documents Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the scale of NSA post-9/11 spying. It was a predicted triumph as well as the only award where there was no one to pick it up.
Other awards included writer Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone winning in the outstanding British debut category for ‘Pride’.
Christopher Nolan’s space, time-travell drama’Interstellar’ won the best special visual effects, ‘Ida’ won best film not in the English language beating India’s epistolary romance ‘The Lunchbox’ and Jack O’Connell won the EE rising star award.
‘The Lego Movie’ won the animated film category while ‘Boogaloo and Graham’ won British short film.
‘The Bigger Picture’ won in the British short animation category.
BAFTA results are an indicator of how the winners’ list may play out at the upcoming Oscars on February 22.
It was Fry’s 10th year as host, first as a newlywed. He walked into the audience to get a kiss from actors Michael Keaton and Edward Norton.
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