BAFTA Nominations 2015

The BAFTAs this year will precede the Oscars ceremony by two weeks taking place on February 8th. As per usual and as to be expected, there’s a strong show for British films and talent, not just in the ‘British’ categories.

There are a few interesting inclusions because of the eligibility window and differing release dates from the U.S. which means films are included that have appeared in last years Oscars nominations for example, adding a little extra interest and it’s always nice to see films that have been largely overlooked by the Golden Globes and the Oscars getting a little more recognition.

There are also some surprising omissions, most notably ‘Mr Turner‘ that was expected at one point to do very well is absent from ‘Best film’ and ‘Best actor’ for Timothy Spall. Also ‘Selma’ that despite having a lot of British actors in the cast is not nominated in any category, though I had expected it would fare much better at the Oscars, it suprised many by only getting 2 nominations there, though chances are good it might win ‘best song’.

I expect there could be, as there often are, some fascinating differences from the Oscars as to who walks away with the awards, so below is the full list of nominees and links to my reviews as well as some thoughts I have had about them and their chances on Sunday night.

Best Film

BirdmanMy review of this is positive, though I doubt a win here.
BoyhoodMy review of this is also coming this week, and I think the ambition alone puts it at the head of the race.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game – I think the other categories will be more likely for this to win in.
The Theory of Everything – Same as above, not a best film but it has other strengths.

Outstanding British Film

’71
The Imitation Game – I think it’s between this and ToE as they’re the two also nominated in ‘Best film’ but this seems to me the likely choice, especially as I think Boyhood will beat it in ‘Best Film’, and the issues are being hotly discussed at the moment with British relevance.
Paddington
Pride
The Theory of Everything – If ‘Imitation Game’ doesn’t win, this will.
Under the Skin

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Not seen any so tough to say, but between ’71, and Pride I expect, there was a huge amount of love for them from British critics.

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

Film Not in the English Language

IdaMost likely winner.
Leviathan
The Lunchbox – This looks lovely from the trailers and things I’ve seen about it, really wanting to see it.
Trash
Two Days, One Night

Documentary

20 Feet from Stardom – This won at the Oscars last year, the love may still be there.
20,000 Days on Earth
CitizenFour – This seems to be getting a lot of love, has a strong British connection so very possibly the winner.
Finding Vivian Maier – By far this is my personal choice to win of the two that I’ve seen, sadly not sure it will.
Virunga

Animated Film

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
The Lego Movie – I think this is a brilliant film, almost certain it’ll win, hopefully the British Academy can show it more love than AMPAS.

Director

Alejandro González Iñárritu (Birdman)
Richard Linklater (Boyhood) – His ambition will be rewarded, Brits are pros at queuing so waiting so many years to release a film is something we can empathise with.
Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) – He’s really at his best here but I think Linklater beats it with timescale.
James Marsh (The Theory of Everything)
Damien Chazelle (Whiplash)

Original ScreenplayGrand Budapest or Birdman, I can’t decide which, I may update this viewpoint in a few days after I’ve seen Birdman again, both have great dialogue and complexity.

Birdman (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)

Adapted Screenplay – Again one of the British films will win here due to missing out on ‘Best Film’

American Sniper (Jason Hall)
Gone Girl (Gillian Flynn)
The Imitation Game (Graham Moore) – I think this is the winner here, the story holds together very well and ties in all the time periods shown very neatly.
Paddington (Paul King)
The Theory of Everything (Anthony McCarten) – Second choice, but I expect my view that the film kept switching focus between the leads too much may be shared by others and therefore I don’t think it’ll win.

Leading Actor

Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Ralph Fiennes (The Grand Budapest Hotel)
Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler)
Michael Keaton (Birdman)
Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything)- This is where ‘Theory of Everything’ shines above the rest, such a detailed physical performance, a clear winner.

Leading Actress

Amy Adams (Big Eyes)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) – One of the two I’ve seen and though she was very good I don’t expect it’s a win.
Julianne Moore (Still Alice) – I’ve seen this now and her performance is excellent, probable winner I think.
Reese Witherspoon (Wild)
Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl)

Supporting Actor

Steve Carell (Foxcatcher)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Edward Norton (Birdman)
Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher)
JK Simmons (Whiplash)- He’s won everywhere else, I see no reason for that streak to end!

Supporting Actress

Patricia Arquette (Boyhood)- The buzz seems to be on her, likely winner.
Keira Knightly (The Imitation Game) – Keira was good, but it didn’t feel like an award-winning performance to me.
Imelda Staunton (Pride)
Emma Stone (Birdman) – I don’t want to spoil my upcoming review but I thought she was excellent in this role.
Rene Russo (Nightcrawler)

Original Music

Birdman (Antonio Sanchez) – Lots of drums, not a likely winner at all.
The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat) – I quite liked this one.
Interstellar (Hans Zimmer) – Wasn’t Zimmer’s best or most memorable score.
The Theory of Everything (Jóhann Jóhannsson) – Could be a winner here.
Under the Skin (Mica Levi) – I heard an interesting item on the radio about this score, it’s weird and unique, but probably too much so.

Cinematography

Birdman Likely to win it, there’s some great shots.
The Grand Budapest Hotel – I think this film looked gorgeous from start to end, it has a small chance.
Ida
Interstellar – Done by Hoyte van Hoytema rather than Nolan’s usual Wally Phister, looks epic but doubtful to win.
Mr TurnerOne of the few nominations for this film, and it’s an outside chance.

Editing

BirdmanClever editing in hiding the cuts, maybe that’s too subtle to win.
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Nightcrawler
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash  I’d like to see this win, there’s some snappy editing, it’s tight like a drum.

Production Design

Big Eyes
The Grand Budapest HotelThis seems like a safe bet, it was all so beautifully designed.
The Imitation Game – It’s a period piece, but not far enough back, nor enough external scope.
Interstellar
Mr TurnerOutside chance because it’s a very good period piece that looks convincingly of the age.

Costume Design – I’m completely tied between Grand Budapest, and Into The Woods (based on clips and trailers I’ve seen with all the fairytale characters in it) and I’m not sure which way to lean.

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Great costumes, prisoners, hotel staff, sinister spies.
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods – Being a fairytale musical it has a wide range of interesting costumes, the sort of which often gain a win.
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Make Up & Hair

The Grand Budapest Hotel – There’s an aged Tilda Swinton, but she still looks like Tilda Swinton and not an alien.
Guardians of the Galaxy – There are aliens, they look great, it should win hands down! No others had aliens, but they may think it was all CGI.
Into the Woods – I haven’t seen it yet, but depending on the fairytale characters, it has a chance because they will be easier to distinguish the work, in contrast to the mix of make-up and CGI that GotG has.
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Sound

American Sniper
Birdman
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Whiplash The sound was good and key to the film, so maybe this is the place for a win.

Special Visual EffectsIt’s essentially a battle between Apes and Extra-Terrestrials on strange planets… That would be an epic film!

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – The apes do look fantastic, it’s a very close call but I don’t think it will win.
Guardians of the Galaxy – Great effects, but voters may be getting a bit bored with the same kinda things.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar – Many practical effects chosen over CGI, I think that’s often appreciated, or at least should be, my pick given the British aspect.
X-Men: Days of Future Past

British Short Animation I’ve not yet seen any or heard about them so I can’t comment.

The Bigger Picture
Monkey Love Experiments
My Dad

British Short Film Not yet seen any of these nor heard enough about them so I can’t hazard a guess.

Boogaloo and Graham
Emotional Fusebox
The Kármán Line
Slap
Three Brothers

EE Rising Star Award Voted for by the public.

Shailene Woodley – A good second choice, but I think Jack is more likely to win this one, though she’s had some high-profile roles with wide appeal such as ‘Fault in Our Stars’ and ‘Divergent’.
Jack O’ConnellSeems to be the most ‘rising star’ at the moment, with ‘Unbroken’, ’71’ and ‘Starred Up’ all getting a lot of attention in the past 12 months, he’s one of now about four of the ‘Skins Alumni’ to go on to have great big-screen success.
Miles Teller
Margot Robbie
Gugu Mbatha-Raw

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