The 2015 BAFTA Awards – My Picks

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BAFTA 3It’s time to make some new picks. This time it the British Academy Film Awards being held on February 8, 2015. Like the other awards, I’ll be making my picks based on what I’ve seen, heard, and read. With so many great films released in 2014, this should be another tight race.

Like always, my picks are bold. I’ll revisit them as I see more of the nominated films.


Best Film

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson, Scott Rudin, Steven Rales, Jeremy Dawson

The Theory Of Everything, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten

Birdman, Alejandro G. IñáRritu, John Lesher, James W. Skotchdopole

The Imitation Game, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman

Boyhood, Richard Linklater, Cathleen Sutherland

My guess with this one is The Imitation Game. It’s just a guess and I’d be happy to see a number of these films win.

– After everything I’ve seen, I’ll take The Theory of Everything for this one.

I missed this pick, but Boyhood is an excellent choice.


Best Animated Feature

The Boxtrolls, Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable

The Lego Movie, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Big Hero 6, Don Hall, Chris Williams

I’m going with Big Hero 6 this time around. I just loved that one.

The Lego Movie had to get noticed by someone.


Best Director

Alejandro G. IñáRritu, Birdman

Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Richard Linklater, Boyhood

Damien Chazelle, Whiplash

This is an award that I think Linklater is likely to pick up at a few stops along the way this award season.

Linklater deserved this one, and it seems like it could be a sign of things to come at the Academy Awards.

The Orange British Academy Film Awards - NominationsBest Original Screenplay

Birdman, Alejandro G. IñáRritu, NicoláS Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson

Boyhood, Richard Linklater

Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

This is one that I have to guess with since I’m trying to catch up on a few of the films. I’m taking Boyhood on this one until I get more information.

– My mind has changed, and I’m going with The Grand Budapest Hotel this time.

– – Change happens more often when I see something new. I’ll take Birdman for the win.

The Grand Budapest Hotel is an amazing movie, and well-deserving of this win.


Best Adapted Screenplay

The Theory Of Everything, Anthony Mccarten

The Imitation Game, Graham Moore

American Sniper, Jason Hall

Gone Girl, Gillian Flynn

Paddington, Paul King

Paddington? I’m not sure where that one fits in with the others on this list. I think this one should go to The Imitation Game.

The win for The Theory of Everything isn’t surprising.  So many good options this year.


Best Leading Actor

Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything

Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton, Birdman

I love the performances I’ve seen so far in this category. The choice is tough, but I’m going with Redmayne.

Nailed this pick. He’s awesome in this movie.


Best Leading Actress

Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything

Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Amy Adams, Big Eyes

Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl

This is one of those categories where I am making my pick based on what I want to happen since I don’t see a clear standout nominee. I’m going with Rosamund Pike for her excellent work in Gone Girl.

A friend of mine told me that Moore was going to take this one. I should’ve listened.

BAFTA 1Best Supporting Actor

J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher

Edward Norton, Birdman

Ethan Hawke, Boyhood

I’m not if anyone surprised me more than Steve Carell did in Foxcatcher. I hope he’s the winner.

I don’t think there was another option for this one. Simmons is too good.


Best Supporting Actress

Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game

Imelda Staunton, Pride

Emma Stone, Birdman

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Rene Russo, Nightcrawler

I loved Knightley and the film, so she gets my pick on this one.

– Patricia Arquette is excellent in Boyhood. I hope she wins.

Arquette does such good work in this one.


Best Original Music

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Alexandre Desplat

Interstellar, Hans Zimmer

Birdman, Antonio Sanchez

The Theory Of Everything, Jóhann Jóhannsson

Under The Skin, Mica Levi

I loved the music of Jóhann Jóhannsson in The Theory of Everything and I’m making it my pick.

I stuck with my pick and missed. The Grand Budapest Hotel is a good choice for this one.

BAFTA 5Best Cinematography

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert Yeoman

Ida, Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski

Interstellar, Hoyte Van Hoytema

Mr. Turner, Dick Pope

Birdman, Emmanuel Lubezki

This is a hard choice since I haven’t seen all of the films on the list. I’m going with Interstellar for now.

– I think Ida could take this one.

– – This one should go to Lubezki for his excellent work on Birdman. It’s a unique approach that is unlike anything I’ve seen before.

Nailed this pick. Glad to see Birdman win.


Best Editing

Birdman, Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling

The Theory Of Everything, Jinx Godfrey

The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg

Nightcrawler, John Gilroy

Whiplash, Tom Cross

I think that the unique styling of Birdman might win over the voters this year.

Whiplash definitely deserved the win. I should’ve changed my pick, but I just wasn’t sure.


Best Production Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

The Imitation Game, Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

Mr. Turner, Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Interstellar, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

Big Eyes, Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau

This is a tough choice for me. My guts says it’s going to The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Nailed it.

BAFTA 6Best Costume Design

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero

The Imitation Game, Sammy Sheldon Differ

The Theory Of Everything, Steven Noble

Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran

Into The Woods, Colleen Atwood

I’m going with The Grand Budapest Hotel on this one.

One more for The Grand Budapest Hotel.


Best Make-up & Hair

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Elizabeth Yianni-Georgiou, David White

Into The Woods, Peter Swords King, J. Roy Helland

Mr. Turner, Christine Blundell, Lesa Warrener

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Frances Hannon

The Theory Of Everything, Jan Sewell

I think this one might be headed to Into the Woods. I haven’t seen the film, but the work I’ve been able to see looks impressive.

The Grand Budapest Hotel took home a lot of hardware. This is another nice win.


Best Sound

Birdman, Thomas Varga, Martin HernáNdez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A. Montaño

American Sniper, Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman

The Imitation Game, John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak

Whiplash, Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

This is one that seems like it could go a couple of ways. I’m sticking with American Sniper for now.

Whiplash surprised me with this one. I guess action couldn’t beat jazz this year.


Best Special Effects

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R. Christopher White

Guardians Of The Galaxy, Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas Aithadi

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett

X-Men: Days Of Future Past, Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Interstellar, Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley

I hated making a pick here since so many things work in all of the nominated films. I’m going with Interstellar for now.

Nailed this one. 


So there you have it, my picks. I’ll update them when the doubts begin creeping in, or when I see another nominated film. Until then we have a number of great award shows on the horizon!


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