Let’s face it, it has been a low key year in cinema despite what the hype may be saying. The awards have been dominated by the usual human dramas and historical biopics, with both the British contributions The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game, shed light on some unfortunate subjects, not least, the horrendous way in which homosexuals were treated in this country, not so long ago.
The results pleased me, let’s put it that way but more about that later. In the meantime, without sounding like a prude or worse, Mary Whitehouse, I’m just wondering why do we need to have Stephen Fry’s introductions to be littered with swearing? I’m not against swearing by any means but I am always going to question anything being done for no reason and I personally, failed to see the reasoning. So, sorry BAFTA and The BBC, but you’re both getting marked down for this one.
And finally, how disrespectful that so many winners value BAFTA so poorly, and in turn, the British contribution to world cinema that it seemed hardly anyone who is anyone turned up, not even some of the big winners, though Wes Anderson’s proxy speech for Grand Budapest Hotel, delivered by Ralph Fienes was brilliant.
But having said that, nothing raised eyebrows more than the snub of the late Bob Hoskins from the obituaries. I, as many do, hope that there is an explanation though I doubt anything will help at this point. A real blunder BAFTA.
Anyway, without any further to do…
Boyhood Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland
Julianne Moore Still Alice
Eddie Redmayne The Theory of Everything
Richard Linklater Boyhood
EE rising star award (voted for by the public)
Best costume design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Milena Canonero
Best adapted screenplay
The Theory of Everything Anthony McCarten
Best film not in the English language
Ida Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska
Best original screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel Wes Anderson
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer) Pride
Emmanuel Lubezki Birdman
Best supporting actress
Patricia Arquette Boyhood
Best supporting actor
JK Simmons Whiplash
Best special visual effects
Interstellar Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
Best animated film
The Lego Movie Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Whiplash Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann
Whiplash Tom Cross
Best short animation
The Bigger Picture Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka
Best short film
Boogaloo and Graham Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
Best makeup and hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier
Best production design
The Grand Budapest Hotel Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock
Citizenfour Laura Poitras
Best original music
The Grand Budapest Hotel Alexandre Desplat
Outstanding British film
The Theory of Everything James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
Bafta Fellowship (announced earlier)
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema (announced earlier)
BOYHOOD took the top award as well as Best Director which I think is perfect. This is a film which has taken twelve years to make and not in the pre-production sense. This has followed the cast throughout this time and therefore, this is an innovative movie and which deserves recognition for Richard Linklater, his cast and crew. I was just pleased to see that the typical award fodder such as The Theory Of Everything and The Imitation Game, which I have no doubt are good films, have not ran away with the awards.
GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL on the other hand, was the biggest winner with Five awards and well deserving too.
INTERSTELLAR beat DAWN OF THE PLANET OF THE APES for the best visual effects which I disagree with. Interstellar looked beautiful but the success of DOTPOTA’s effect was questioning what the effect was and when it was applied. Both are triumphs but I would have personally chosen Dawn over Interstellar.
And then there was MIKE LEIGH’s closing words… “may you all rot in hell!” … Classic.