The British Academy Film and Televison Awards are given in separate awards ceremonies, with the television honours arriving on 10 May 2015. The film side of things were awarded on 8 February 2015 at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Here are the various categories and their nominees, with the winners highlighted in bold.
Outstanding British Film
The Imitation Game – Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore; Paddington – Paul King, David Heyman; Pride – Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford; ’71 – Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke; The Theory of Everything – James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten; Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell
An unsurprising win and the first of the evening, giving the movie a head start over its co-nominees in other categories. Presented by David Beckham.
Special Visual Effects
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett; Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White; Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley, Ian Hunter; X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer
Not the most obvious choice out of a pretty even field but as much a decision arrived at because of the “reality” that was created. Presented by Felicity Jones and Stephen Hawking.
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher; Ethan Hawke – Boyhood; Edward Norton – Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher; J.K. Simmons – Whiplash
A popular decision and a well-deserved award, Simmons was succinct, funny and appropriately humble. Presented by Reese Witherspoon.
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood; Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game; Rene Russo – Nightcrawler; Imelda Staunton – Pride; Emma Stone – Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The only choice really but more so because of Boyhood than because her performance was better than the rest. Presented by Cuba Gooding Jr.
Birdman or (the Virtue of Unexpected Ignorance) – Emmanuel Lubezki; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman; Ida – Łukasz Żal, Ryszard Lenczewski; Interstellar – Hoyte Van Hoytema; Mr. Turner – Dick Pope
Accepted by Michael Keaton, this wasn’t entirely unexpected as the movie’s use of long takes was innovative and complex. Presented by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Martin Freeman.
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone – Pride; Gregory Burke, Yann Demange – ’71; Elaine Constantine – Northern Soul; Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere – Kajaki: The True Story; Hong Khaou – Lilting
The movie’s popularity and its huge public awareness made this a shoo-in for the award, though it would have been nice to see ’71 win instead. Presented by Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong.
Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo; Boyhood – Richard Linklater; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson; Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy; Whiplash – Damien Chazelle
Accepted by Ralph Fiennes, who read out a wonderfully funny letter from Wes Anderson; absolutely deserved. Presented by Julianne Moore.
Film Not in the English Language
Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska; Leviathan – Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov; The Lunchbox – Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga; Trash – Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier; Two Days, One Night – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
A great result for a great movie and richly deserved, Ida‘s director gave an eccentric but entertaining speech. Presented by John Boyega and Alice Eve.
American Sniper – Jason Hall; Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn; The Imitation Game – Graham Moore; Paddington – Paul King; The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten
Again, no surprise, and absolutely the right choice, because McCarten’s screenplay is, literally, a superb achievement. Presented by Noomi Rapace and Jesse Eisenberg.
Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel; Damien Chazelle – Whiplash; Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); Richard Linklater – Boyhood; James Marsh – The Theory of Everything
Accepted by Ethan Hawke who made an emotional and passionate speech. Presented by Steve Carell.
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game; Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel; Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler; Michael Keaton – Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance); Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything
Another unsurprising result but Redmayne gave an impassioned speech. Presented by Kristin Scott Thomas.
Amy Adams – Big Eyes; Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything; Julianne Moore – Still Alice; Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl; Reese Witherspoon – Wild
As expected, but while Moore was incredible, Jones was astonishing and this was the only time where the award went to the wrong person. Presented by Chris Evans and Henry Cavill.
Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Alejandro G. Iñárritu, John Lesher, James W. Scotchdopole; Boyhood – Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson; The Imitation Game – Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman; The Theory of Everything – Eric Bevan, Tim Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
Given The Theory of Everything‘s dominance elsewhere during the evening, Boyhood‘s win was something of a surprise, but what a great surprise, and a great speech from Ellar Coltrane. Presented by Tom ‘Fucking’ Cruise.
And those other awards not seen on the BBC broadcast:
Big Hero 6 – Don Hall, Chris Williams; The Boxtrolls – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable; The Lego Movie – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
Any one of these could have won and it would have been a fair result. These days the animated movie award is possibly one of the most hotly contested, but full marks to Lord and Miller for making The Lego Movie such an enjoyable winner.
British Short Animation
The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka; Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson; My Dad – Marcus Armitage
A labour of love for the makers and a great result ahead of its nomination at the Oscars.
British Short Film
Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney; Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard; The Kármán Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp; Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland; Three Brothers – Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow
Also Oscar nominated, this is a great win that gives the makers a massive boost for the US ceremony in two weeks’ time.
Make-Up and Hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon, Mark Coulier; Guardians of the Galaxy – Elizabeth Yanni-Georgiou, David White; Into the Woods – Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland; Mr. Turner – Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener; The Theory of Everything – Jan Sewell, Kristyan Mallett
The first of three technical wins for The Grand Budapest Hotel but a great acknowledgement of the exceptional work that went on behind the camera.
Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Antonio Sanchez; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat; Interstellar – Hans Zimmer; The Theory of Everything – Jóhann Jóhannsson; Under the Skin – Mica Levi
Levi’s score for Under the Skin was daring and strange (and the only good thing about the movie) but Desplat’s win was just as deserved.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Milena Canonero; The Imitation Game – Sammy Sheldon Differ; Into the Woods – Colleen Atwood; Mr. Turner – Jacqueline Durran; The Theory of Everything – Steven Noble
Canonero is an old hand at this (if she’ll forgive the phrase), and really had no competition, so this was no surprise at all.
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock; The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald; Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis; Mr. Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts
Creating a world that is at once familiar and yet strange as well is always a challenge, but Stockhausen and Pinnock did an amazing job, and in reality, only Mr. Turner came anywhere close.
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman; Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernández, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak; The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen, Andy Kennedy; Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann
Always likely to be the winner, Whiplash is as much an aural treat as it is a visual one, making this award entirely well deserved.
Birdman or (the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione; The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling; The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg; Nightcrawler – John Gilroy; The Theory of Everything – Jinx Godfrey; Whiplash – Tom Cross
Another shoo-in, Cross’s efforts were nothing short of amazing, making this along with Sound completely in Whiplash‘s pocket.
CITIZENFOUR – Laura Poitras, Mathilde Bonnefoy, Dirk Wilutzky; Finding Vivian Maier – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel; 20 Feet from Stardom – Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen; 20,000 Days on Earth – Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard; Virunga – Orlando Von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
Absolutely and completely the only possible outcome and still the scariest non-horror movie you’re ever likely to see.
So it was The Grand Budapest Hotel‘s night with five wins, ahead of Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, and Whiplash on three. Sad to see The Imitation Game and Mr. Turner come away with nothing but that’s often the way some years.
Oh, and if anyone’s wondering why the ‘F’ word is included in Tom Cruise’s name, well it’s because that’s how he was introduced by Stephen Fry (when the compere wasn’t getting kisses from Michael Keaton, Edward Norton and Cuba Gooding Jr).