Non-believers in live streaming, the Brits deliver an edited awards show two hours after the live show begins on the BBC (BBC America airs at 8 pm Pacific stateside). The speedy show is a must-see for any cinephile, Anglophile or Oscar watcher, as many future Academy Award winners practice their acceptance speeches, and it does have impact on the race as Oscar voting gets under way and there is a sizable Brit block likely to be rallying around SAG-winner Eddie Redmayne (“The Theory of Everything”) as well as craft and Euro-friendly “The Grand Budapest Hotel.”
BAFTA voters spread the wealth among a number of films but, oddly, did not award any prizes to Alan Turing biopic “The Imitation Game.” Final tally: “The Grand Budapest Hotel” five, “Boyhood” three, “The Theory of Everything,” three, “Whiplash” three, “Birdman,” “Still Alice,” Interstellar” one.
Best Picture, Director and Supporting Actress went to Texan Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” “You made the ordinary, extraordinary,” winner Patricia Arquette said to her director. “You made a movie about love.” This gives the film a needed boost in an increasingly contentious Oscar race.
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Nabbing Best Actor (Eddie Redmayne), Adapted Screenplay (Andrew McCarten) and Outstanding British Film was James Marsh’s relationship biopic “The Theory of Everything,” whose subject, Stephen Hawking, 72, earned a standing ovation when he presented the VFX award for his scientist pal Kip Thorne’s “Interstellar,” directed by Brit Christopher Nolan.
Wes Anderson’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel” chalked up five wins: Original Screenplay, Production Design, Costume Design, Hair and Makeup and Score, for ubiquitous French composer Alexandre Desplat (“Unbroken,” “The Imitation Game,” “The King’s Speech”). This could repeat on Oscar night.
Damien Chazelle’s American indie “Whiplash,” which debuted at Sundance 2014, nabbed three BAFTA wins, for Supporting Actor JK Simmons, Editing and Sound.
Julianne Moore won Best Actress for “Still Alice,” as she will on Oscar night.
“Birdman,” which has been on a Guild winning streak of late, taking the PGA, DGA and SAG ensemble awards, landed just one win, for cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki.
Academy-snubbed “The Lego Movie” took home Best Animated Feature yet again. “You are our favorite Academy by far,” said the directors as they accepted their BAFTA award. “You guys win the reward for best academy. This is the end of the awards road for us, so we can say whatever we want. There is no one left to impress.”
Polish Oscar frontrunner “Ida” took home Foreign Language Film.
Documentary went to American Laura Poitras’ “Citizenfour,” as it did at the DGA Saturday and will on Oscar night.
The British public voted Nottingham’s own Jack O’Connell as EE Rising Star–“Unbroken,” “’71,” “Starred Up”–over Americans Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller, Brit Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Australian Margot Robbie.
Outstanding British debut by a writer, director or producer went to “Pride,” written by Stephen Beresford and produced by David Livingstone.