"Boyhood", a coming-of-age story about growing up, Sunday night won the top honours of Best Film and Best Director at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, where "The Grand Budapest Hotel" walked away with five trophies.
Directed by Richard Linklater, who was absent from the ceremony,
"Boyhood" is a groundbreaking film about growing up which was shot
with the same actors a few days at a time over 12 years. It also
won the Best Actress nod for Patricia Arquette.
The ceremony saw maximum awards being bagged by "The Grand
Budapest Hotel", which was leading the BAFTA nominations list this
year with a mention in 11 categories. It won for Costume Design,
Production Design, Makeup and Hair, Original Music and Original
India's only hope this year was the Nimrat Kaur and Irrfan Khan
starrer critically acclaimed "The Lunchbox" in the Film Not in the
English Language category. But it lost to Polish drama "Ida" at the
event, the red carpet of which saw Nimrat striking a pose in a pink
In the Best Actor category, Eddie Redmayne triumphed for his
portrayal of well-known physicist Stephen Hawking in "The Theory of
Everything", which also won Outstanding British Film and Best
Adapted Screenplay. Hawking also made an appearance at the film
awards gala with his family members.
The Best Actress winner at the event, held at the Royal Opera
House, was Julianne Moore, for her moving
portrayal of a woman succumbing to Alzheimer's in "Still
Movie "Whiplash" received three awards, including
Best Editing, Best Sound and the Best Supporting Actor for J.K.
Simmons, who essayed a tyrannical and ruthless music teacher
Terence Fletcher in it.
"Birdman" won only one award for Best Cinematography. It went to
Emmanuel Lubezki, who has won this category twice
"The Lego Movie" received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and
Special Visual Effects Award was presented to
Meanwhile, the trophy for Best Documentary was won by the team
Writer Stephen Beresford and Producer David Livingstone received
the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or
Producer for their first feature film "Pride".
The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, was presented
to Jack O'Connell, while the special award for Outstanding British
Contribution to Cinema was presented to BBC Films in their 25th
Mike Leigh, whose films include "Naked", "Secrets & Lies",
"Vera Drake" and "Mr. Turner", received the Fellowship, the highest
honour the BAFTA can bestow. It was presented to him by Imelda
Staunton and Sally Hawkins.
The ceremony was hosted by Stephen Fry, and it was his tenth year as host.