2015 BAFTA winners: Boyhood lands the big one while Grand Budapest Hotel dominates technical awards

An air of predictability took place at last night’s BAFTA awards ceremony as the Brits helped some films edge closer to Oscar glory with their winners.

Following up its Golden Globe success last month, the epic family drama Boyhood clinched three key awards including the coveted Best Film accolade. It overcame stern competition from Birdman, The Grand Budapest Hotel and British biopics The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything.

The film, which follows a family over the course of twelve years, also secured Best Director for its filmmaker Richard Linklater while Patricia Arquette edged closer towards a potential Oscar victory by winning the Best Supporting Actress award for her role as Mason’s mother.

The Grand Budapest Hotel ended up with the most wins on the night as it clinched five accolades including Best Original Screenplay for its absent director / writer Wes Anderson. It also did well in the technical categories with victories in Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup & Hairstyling and Best Film Music for composer Alexandre Desplat.

The other films to stand out amongst the winners were the Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything which landed a hat-trick of gongs including Best British Film, Best Adapted Screenplay and another Best Actor triumph for star Eddie Redmayne who is now in pole position to secure the same award at the Oscars later this month.

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It was also three’s company for the intense musical-drama Whiplash, as it clinched wins for Best Editing, Best Sound and yet another Best Supporting Actor award for veteran J.K Simmons (who has been unstoppable throughout awards season!).

Despite her film not being released in the UK until next month, Julianne Moore nabbed another Best Actress gong for her role as an Alzheimer’s sufferer in the family drama Still Alice. She overcame British gals Felicity Jones (Theory) and Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl) to take the award and potentially end her Oscar curse.

Other noteworthy winners on the night included a Best Visual Effects triumph for Christopher Nolan’s sci-fi epic Interstellar while the British biopic Pride secured the Outstanding Debut by a Filmmaker accolade.

Despite its shocking snub at the Oscars, The LEGO Movie was named Best Animated Film while the Polish drama Ida won Best Foreign Language Film.

However it was a disappointing evening for the recently-revived Birdman as it managed just the one award for its cinematography while The Imitation Game went home empty-handed despite receiving nine nominations.

Veteran British director Mike Leigh was awarded the BAFTA Fellowship for his outstanding contribution to cinema which included the likes of Secrets & Lies (1996), Vera Drake (2004), Happy Go-Lucky (2008) and last year’s Mr Turner.

For the second year in a row, another young British actor was the recipient of the EE Rising Star Award as Jack O’Connell (’71, Unbroken) won ahead of versatile opponents like Margot Robbie and Shailene Woodley.

The ceremony was once again hosted exquisitely by comedian actor Sir Stephen Fry who enjoyed sharing some kisses with male attendees and even had a fan-girl moment when he revealed that Tom Cruise was announcing the Best Film award.

The full list of winners are below:

BEST FILM
Boyhood

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
The Theory of Everything

BEST DIRECTOR
Richard Linklater – Boyhood

BEST ACTOR
Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

BEST ACTRESS
Julianne Moore – Still Alice

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
J.K Simmons – Whiplash

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Theory Of Everything – Anthony McCarten

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Birdman

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST MAKEUP & HAIRSTYLING
The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST EDITING
Whiplash

BEST SOUND
Whiplash

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Interstellar

BEST FILM MUSIC
Alexandre Desplat – The Grand Budapest Hotel

BEST ANIMATED FILM
The LEGO Movie

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Ida

BEST DOCUMENTARY
CitizenFour

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Stephen Beresford (Writer), David Livingstone (Producer) – Pride

RISING STAR AWARD
Jack O’Connell

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