The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the winners of its annual pre-Academy Awards show, its 68th edition, at the Royal Opera House in London. The winners and losers of the BAFTAs are as followed. This year there was no clear winner but Boyhood wins top honours as it walks away with Best Picture. Richard Linklater’s 12 year story of a boy growing up from age six all the way through to 18 also won Best Director and Best Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. Wes Anderson’s Grand Budapest Hotel picked up an incredible five awards, including best original music, makeup and hair, costume design, production design, and best original screenplay.
Best Actor went to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, which also won Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film. Julianne Moore took home the Best Actress for her role in Still Alice. Whiplash, starring JK Simmons and Miles Teller won three awards, including Best Editing, Best Sound and Best Supporting Actor in JK Simmons. Michael Keaton’s Birdman only took home one award, Best Cinematography. Best Documentary went to Laura Poitras’ Citizenfour, about the Edward Snowden’s efforts to expose the level of spying that the American government operated post-911. Mike Leigh missed out on awards for his latest film, Mr Turner, but instead was presented with a much more significant prize; the BAFTA Fellowship, awarded to only a select few in the film industry, including Alfred Hitchcock and Elizabeth Taylor.
With the final stretch underway before the biggest night in film, the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs can be seen as to give some hints as to what films might take the biggest prizes. For past winners and critically acclaimed films, check out Netflix for some classic films. And if some films are not available where you are, make sure you use Le VPN to access other international Netflix libraries.
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