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BAFTA Results

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He may not have won any BAFTAs, but he’s made a pretty decent chunk of change.

Been a bit since I’ve discussed the awards race.

The BAFTAs were on the 8th, and in the days leading up to it were several major guild awards. So let’s go through the winners and see what we can determine about what’ll happen on the 22nd.

Film:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • The Theory of Everything

Now, on its own, this would say to me that Boyhood has the race all sewn up and will walk away with the Oscar. But not so fast.

Birdman won the Producer’s Guild Award, the SAG Ensemble Award, and one other guild award which I’ll reveal in a second, but if you can guess it, you’ll realize that this is now a very heated race–one of the most profoundly split races in recent memory. Maybe once the Writer’s Guild announces we’ll have a slightly better idea, but since Boyhood has never been predicted to win for its script, we may remain in the dark until Oscar night.

Which I am completely fine with.

British Film:

  • ’71
  • The Imitation Game
  • Paddington
  • Pride
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Under the Skin

This, I think, must be considered a bit of a shock. The Imitation Game was, I think, the expected winner here. Personally, I would rather any of the other four films have won–I’ve even heard Paddington is quite charming. But Theory had the Director nomination (and this was not its only win, as you’ll see), and it seems to have risen in popularity as The Imitation Game has fallen–even though the latter is still doing quite nicely at the American box-office.

I don’t think this makes Theory a threat to win Best Picture, but it does weaken the chances that The Imitation Game might somehow be a surprise winner.

Director:

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

Another instance where you’d think this is a done deal for the Oscars. But not so fast. Iñárritu won the Director’s Guild–and since the DGA awards began in 1950 (for films in 1949), only seven DGA winners didn’t go on to win the Oscar. Three of them weren’t nominated for the Oscar (most recently, Ben Affleck), and of the other four, two saw their films win Best Picture anyway.

The guilds went for Birdman in a big way. The Globes and BAFTA (and many smaller groups) went for Boyhood. Split right down the fucking middle. No idea what might happen now.

Actor:

  • Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
  • Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
  • Michael Keaton, Birdman
  • Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

He also won SAG. The Oscar is probably his to lose. I still think Keaton has a chance, but I’m not putting money on him.

I thought Cumberbatch would win this, but no. Not that I’m that broken up about it.

Actress:

  • Amy Adams, Big Eyes
  • Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
  • Julianne Moore, Still Alice
  • Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
  • Reese Witherspoon, Wild

She’s getting her Oscar. That’s all there really is to say.

Supporting Actor:

  • Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
  • Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
  • Edward Norton, Birdman
  • Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
  • J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Ditto.

Though, if the Oscars had put Carell Supporting, there might have been a bit more of a fight.

Supporting Actress:

  • Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
  • Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
  • Rene Russo, Nightcrawler
  • Imelda Staunton, Pride
  • Emma Stone, Birdman

I’d love for Stone to pull it off, but Boyhood will almost certainly secure this victory.

Original Screenplay:

  • Birdman
  • Boyhood
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Nightcrawler
  • Whiplash

Now, Birdman won the Globe (and lost Picture – Musical/Comedy to GBH), so this category could really use the WGA to straighten it out.

What I’m thinking could happen is a real three-way split–Birdman or Boyhood wins Picture. The other film wins Director. GBH wins Original Screenplay. I’d be fine with that (especially with Birdman winning Picture and Linklater winning Director), but at this point, anything could happen.

Adapted Screenplay:

  • American Sniper
  • Gone Girl
  • The Imitation Game
  • Paddington
  • The Theory of Everything

This, too, was assumed to be a surefire Imitation victory. But the BAFTAs weren’t having it. Which leaves this Oscar category kind of a mess. I’ll touch on that more when I do my final Oscar predictions, but as with Original Screenplay…anything could happen.

I’d just like to add, though, that Theory beating Gone Girl in direct competition makes me physically ill.

Cinematography:

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Ida
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner

Birdman‘s only win here, and it looks like it’s pretty much set to win this Oscar, too. Which would be the first time in a while that I outright agreed with their choice.

Editing:

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Nightcrawler
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Whiplash

Here’s a nice little curveball!

Now, since Boyhood isn’t in this category, and since it won the Eddie (the Editor’s award), one can’t safely assume Whiplash also wins the Oscar (though it would be much more deserving). But I’m glad it has this, at least.

Production Design:

  • Big Eyes
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Interstellar
  • Mr. Turner

I mean…have you seen it?

Costume Design:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

Have you?

Makeup and Hair:

  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Into the Woods
  • Mr. Turner
  • The Theory of Everything

I don’t like that it beat Guardians, though. Yes, they made Tilda Swinton look old, but that’s about it. Give me Ronan the Accuser and Drax the Destroyer and Gamora any day.

Original Music:

  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Interstellar
  • The Theory of Everything
  • Under the Skin

At least they nominated Under the Skin. Now, Theory won the Globe, and Alexandre Desplat (who wrote the GBH score) is considered more likely to win for his Imitation Game score. But really, who knows at this point? I’d love if somehow Interstellar came out on top, but that would be like when The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo won Best Editing despite not being up for Best Picture.

Sound:

  • American Sniper
  • Birdman
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • The Imitation Game
  • Whiplash

The BAFTAs have one Sound category. The Academy has two. I think it’s distinctly possible that Whiplash wins Mixing and another film (maybe Sniper) wins Editing.

Special Visual Effects:

  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Interstellar
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past

Apparently they brought Stephen Hawking out to present this. I always wonder what would happen if they brought out a presenter who was so obviously meant to announce one winner, and something else won instead.

Like if when Spielberg, Lucas, and Coppola presented Scorsese with his long, long overdue Best Director Oscar, it ended up going to Clint Eastwood (for the third time). Anti-climax is underexplored in the cinema.

Film Not in the English Language:

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • The Lunchbox
  • Trash
  • Two Days, One Night

So we’ve got a nice little Oscar race between this and Leviathan. I’d be fine with either winning, but I’m personally rooting for the latter. Either way, I appreciate the suspense.

Documentary:

  • 20 Feet from Stardom
  • 20,000 Days on Earth
  • CITIZENFOUR
  • Finding Vivian Maier
  • Virunga

This race is over. Unless there’s some weird anti-Snowden faction that votes against it (but what would win instead?), this will take the Oscar easily.

Animated Film:

  • Big Hero 6
  • The Boxtrolls
  • The Lego Movie

Sigh…

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer:

  • Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone, Pride
  • Elaine Constantine, Northern Soul
  • Yann Demange, Gregory Burke, ’71
  • Paul Katis, Andrew de Lotbinière, Kajaki: The True Story
  • Hong Khaou, Lilting

I’m cool with this. They made a really nice little film.

EE Rising Star Award:

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Jack O’Connell
  • Margot Robbie
  • Miles Teller
  • Shailene Woodley

Not too wild about this. Admittedly, I still haven’t seen Starred Up, but I didn’t think O’Connell was that great in Unbroken, and with Mbatha-Raw making a huge impression in two rather different roles, I think she should have won this.

So that’s the BAFTAs. Some things are cleared up, some are anything but.

It’s worth noting that The Imitation Game has now been totally shut out of three major awards–the Globes, the Critics’ Choice Awards, and now the BAFTAs. I’m really not sure what to make of that.

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2 thoughts on “BAFTA Results

  1. haha I like your comments, and especially the one about Hawking presenting the VFX award. In Oscars, I remember Penélope Cruz & Antonio Banderas presenting the 1999 Foreign Film award to …. Pedroooo ! True story.
    Also Sophia Loren awarding Benigni in that category the year before.
    It makes for beautiful moments, at the expense of any suspense 🙂

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