Wednesday 22 November 2017

BAFTAs winners: The Theory of Everything wins Outstanding British Film, Boyhood wins Best Film

The Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything was named Outstanding British film at the Bafta awards tonight.

The award was presented by former England football star David Beckham with Professor Hawking and Eddie Redmayne both in the audience at London's Royal Opera House.

The film, starring Redmayne as the pioneering scientist, is widely expected do well at the Oscars later this month.

Boyhood, meanwhile landed the top gong of Best Film.

Eddie Redmayne was awarded Best Actor whilst Julianne Moore was awarded Best Actress.

Another film which fared well tonight was The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones alongside presenter David Beckham with the Outstanding British Film Award for The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones alongside presenter David Beckham with the Outstanding British Film Award for The Theory of Everything
Eddie Redmayne and Hannah Bagshawe attend the EE British Academy Film Award Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire
Rosamund Pike
Nadia Forde at the Baftas

The Grand Budapest Hotel has taken the 2015 BAFTAs by storm with five wins.

The movie, directed by Wes Anderson, was unstoppable during the ceremony in London, UK, this evening. It emerged successful in the original screenplay category, beating Nightcrawler, Birdman, Boyhood and Whiplash.

On top of this the film - which follows a hotel concierge on a mission to prove his innocence when he’s accused of murder – took home best make-up and hair, original design, original music and production design.

Two of the stars of the forthcoming Bond film, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci, awarded the Bafta for make-up and hair to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore in London’s Royal Opera House last night.
Ralph Fiennes and Julianne Moore in London’s Royal Opera House last night.
Laura Bailey attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at The Royal Opera House on February 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones alongside presenter David Beckham with the Outstanding British Film Award for The Theory of Everything
Jack O'Connell with the EE Rising Star Award
Actor Tom Cruise poses at the British Academy of Film and Arts awards ceremony
Actress Alice Eve poses after presenting the award for best film not in the English language for "Ida" at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett (BRITAIN)
Actor James McAvoy and his wife actress Anne-Marie Duff
British actor James McAvoy (R) and his wife Anne-Marie Duff pose for pictures as they arrive on the red carpet for the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on February 8, 2015.
David Beckham
Jack O'Connell, left, winner of the Rising Star award pose for photographers with James McAvoy, in the 'winners room' at the BAFTAs

They also presented the same film with the Bafta for production design.

Desplat paid tribute to the film's director Wes Anderson, who he said was "unique".

He said: "His world looks like nobody else's."

The Bafta for best documentary went to Citizenfour about whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Rockers Kasabian opened the glittering show, performing in front of a big screen showing highlights from some of the nominated films.

They came on stage after a brief introduction from Bafta chairman Anne Morrison who thanked the audience on behalf of host Stephen Fry for "coming to his wedding reception".

The actor, who recently tied the knot with Elliott Spencer, is the regular frontman for the biggest night in the UK film industry.


The Bafta for British short film went to Boogaloo and Graham about two boys growing up in 1970s Belfast, while the award for short animation was picked up by The Bigger Picture.

The Grand Budapest Hotel's triumphant trawl of technical awards was halted when Whiplash won the Baftas for editing and sound.

The Lego Movie was named best animated film, before Professor Hawking was joined on stage to a standing ovation by the actress Felicity Jones, who plays his ex-wife in The Theory of Everything.

The scientist, described by Jones as the only man more intelligent than Fry, joked he was also "better looking" before they handed over the Bafta for special visual effects to Interstellar.

JK Simmons was named best supporting actor for his role as a tyrannical music teacher in Whiplash.

Picking up the award from Reese Witherspoon, he said: "This whole experience has been a gift to me."

BBC Films, responsible for titles including Philomena, Billy Elliot, Eastern Promises and Last Resort, won the Bafta for outstanding contribution to cinema.

Patricia Arquette was named best supporting actress for her role in Boyhood. Thanking its director, she said: "I have been in a work of art here because of you, Richard Linklater."

The award for cinematography went to Birdman and was accepted by its star, Michael Keaton, on behalf of Emmanuel Lubezki.

The writer and producer of Pride, about an unlikely alliance between gay activists and striking miners in South Wales, won the Bafta for an outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer.

Former Bafta president and filmmaker Lord Attenborough, who died last year, was remembered with tributes from Robert Downey Jr and the Duke of Cambridge.

The Duke described him as "inclusive" and "a leader with a vision" and praised his "passion for nurturing, supporting and developing talent".

He said: "I hope that everyone who watches his films and learns about him as a person will be encouraged to follow his example."

Downey Jr, who played the title role in Attenborough's film Chaplin, said "I'm sad. I miss you Dickie."

The Bafta for original screenplay went to Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, while Polish drama Ida was named best film not in the English language.

The Theory Of Everything won the adapted screenplay Bafta, while the prize for costume design went to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Richard Linklater won the Bafta for best director for his film Boyhood and the EE Rising Star award, the only Bafta voted for by the public, went to Jack O'Connell, the star of '71 and Unbroken.

Accepting Linklater's award, actor Ethan Hawke said his friend would be "frankly pissed-off" to have missed the awards.

He thanked the child stars at the heart of the film and said: "There is no one in this room who loves cinema more than Richard Linklater."

2015 BAFTAs winners:


 Best film



 Leading actress

 Julianne Moore, Still Alice


 Leading actor

 Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything



 Richard Linklater, Boyhood


 The EE rising star award (voted for by the public)

 Jake O’Connell


 Costume design

 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero


 Adapted screenplay

 The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten


 Film not in the English language

 Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzięcioł, Ewa Puszczynska


 Original screenplay

 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson


 Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

 Stephen Beresford (writer), David Livingstone (producer), Pride



 Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki


 Supporting actress

 Patricia Arquette, Boyhood


 Supporting actor

 JK Simmons, Whiplash


 Special visual effects

 Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley


 Animated film

 The Lego Movie, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller



 Whiplash, Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann



 Whiplash, Tom Cross


 Short animation

 The Bigger Picture, Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka


 Short film

 Boogaloo and Graham, Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney


 Makeup and hair

 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon


 Production design

 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock



 Citzenfour, Laura Poitras


 Original music

 The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat


 Outstanding British film

 The Theory of Everything, James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten


 BAFTA Fellowship (announced earlier)

 Mike Leigh

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