BAFTA 2015 Film Nominations Announced

bafta nominations featuredToday, Stephen Fry and Sam Claflin revealed the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards for the upcoming 68th BAFTAs.

The British Academy Film Awards are one of the last notable award ceremonies for film before the end-all, be-all Academy Awards nearer the end of February so they’re one of the last opportunities for films to get some awards-buzz before 2015 campaigns kick off. 2014 was an exceptional year for film as well as British cinema in general and thankfully the awards represent that quality. Let’s take a look at the nominations (in the order that they appear on the official BAFTA website);


Adapted Screenplay

  • ‘The Theory of Everything’ – Anthony Mccarten
  • ‘The Imitation Game’ – Graham Moore
  • ‘American Sniper’ – Jason Hall
  • ‘Gone Girl’ – Gillian Flynn
  • ‘Paddington’ – Paul King

Animated Film in 2015

  • ‘The Boxtrolls’ – Anthony Stacchi, Graham Annable
  • ‘The LEGO Movie’ – Phil Lord, Christopher Miller
  • ‘Big Hero 6’ – Don Hall, Chris Williams

British Short Animation

  • ‘Monkey Love Experiments’ – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
  • ‘The Bigger Picture’ – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka
  • ‘My Dad’ – Marcus Armitage

British Short Film

  • ‘The Kármán Line’ – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
  • ‘Boogaloo And Graham’ – Brian J. Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney
  • ‘Slap’ – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
  • ‘Emotional Fusebox’ – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
  • ‘Three Brothers’ – Aleem Khan, Matthieu De Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow


  • ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ – Robert Yeoman
  • ‘Ida’ – Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski
  • ‘Interstellar’ – Hoyte Van Hoytema
  • ‘Mr. Turner’ – Dick Pope
  • ‘Birdman’ – Emmanuel Lubezki

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


  • Alejandro G. IñáRritu – ‘Birdman’
  • Wes Anderson – ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’
  • James Marsh – ‘The Theory of Everything’
  • Richard Linklater – ‘Boyhood’
  • Damien Chazelle – ‘Whiplash’


  • ’20 Feet From Stardom’ – Morgan Neville, Caitrin Rogers, Gil Friesen
  • ‘20,000 Days on Earth’ – Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard
  • ‘Finding Vivian Maier’ – John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
  • ‘Virunga’ – Orlando Von Einsiedel, Joanna Natasegara
  • ‘Citizenfour’ – Laura Poitras

EE Rising Star

  • Gugu Mbatha-Raw
  • Jack O’Connell
  • Shailene Woodley
  • Margot Robbie
  • Miles Teller


  • ‘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


  • ‘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

Film not in the English Language

  • ‘Ida’ – Pawel Pawlikowski, Eric Abraham, Piotr Dzieciol, Ewa Puszczynska
  • ‘The Lunchbox’ – Ritesh Batra, Arun Rangachari, Anurag Kashyap, Guneet Monga
  • ‘Two Days, One Night’ – Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne, Denis Freyd
  • ‘Leviathan’ – Andrey Zvyagintsev, Alexander Rodnyansky, Sergey Melkumov
  • ‘Trash’ – Stephen Daldry, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Kris Thykier

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’

Leading Actress

  • Felicity Jones – ‘The Theory of Everything’
  • Julianne Moore – ‘Still Alice’
  • Reese Witherspoon – ‘Wild’
  • Amy Adams – ‘Big Eyes’
  • Rosamund Pike – ‘Gone Girl’

Make-Up and 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

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

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

Outstanding British Film

  • ”71′ – Yann Demange, Angus Lamont, Robin Gutch, Gregory Burke
  • ‘The Theory of Everything’ – James Marsh, Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Lisa Bruce, Anthony Mccarten
  • ‘Under the Skin’ – Jonathan Glazer, James Wilson, Nick Wechsler, Walter Campbell
  • ‘Pride’ – Matthew Warchus, David Livingstone, Stephen Beresford
  • ‘The Imitation Game’ – Morten Tyldum, Nora Grossman, Ido Ostrowsky, Teddy Schwarzman, Graham Moore
  • ‘Paddington’ – Paul King, David Heyman

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer

  • Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone – ‘Pride’
  • Gregory Burke, Yann Demange – ”71′
  • Elaine Constantine – ‘Northern Soul’
  • Hong Khaou – ‘Lilting’
  • Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere – ‘Kajaki: The True Story’

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


  • ‘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

Special Visual 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

Supporting Actor

  • J.K. Simmons – ‘Whiplash’
  • Mark Ruffalo – ‘Foxcatcher’
  • Steve Carell – ‘Foxcatcher’
  • Edward Norton – ‘Birdman’
  • Ethan Hawke – ‘Boyhood’

Supporting Actress

  • Keira Knightley – ‘The Imitation Game’
  • Imelda Staunton – ‘Pride’
  • Emma Stone – ‘Birdman’
  • Patricia Arquette – ‘Boyhood’
  • Rene Russo – ‘Nightcrawler’

bafta 2Honestly, I’d love to write a big think-piece on these nominations but I don’t really have a lot to say. This is a solid list of nominations. While I wish ‘Frank‘ had a presence here (not a single nomination? Really?) and that ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ was acknowledged for its Production Design and Costumes, there weren’t that many genuine snubs here. Timothy Spall in ‘Mr. Turner‘ not getting nominated is surprising, but the movie has awards in other categories so its not being ignored completely and I’m very happy with ‘Nightcrawler‘s 4 nominations. That could give it a big push at Oscar recognition, which I know many people would be very happy with. And how great is it that ‘Paddington‘ has a Screenplay nomination? What a great success story for a film whose misleading marketing campaign had a bear licking his own earwax?

Of course, there are some movies I don’t think should be here. Such as ‘Under The Skin‘. I would have replaced its nomination for Original Music with Alexander Desplat’s score for ‘The Imitation Game‘, though Desplat was already nominated for ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ which is leading the nominations with 11. Incidentally, how great is it that Ralph Fiennes is nominated for his superb comedic turn as Monsieur Gustave H. in that movie?

As for ‘Under The Skin‘, it’s disappointing that it’s nominated for Outstanding British Film, especially when ‘Postman Pat: The Movie‘, as poor as it is, is the stronger movie. And I never thought I’d type a sentence like that. Maybe it’s not too late to give that movie an awards push? It’s certainly more deserving. David Tennant for Best Supporting Actor, anybody?
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When it comes to who is going to win, it’s too early to tell as we’ll have to see how these films compete in other awards ceremonies. But as for who SHOULD win, I’m rooting for anything ‘The Theory of Everything‘ is nominated for creatively. Technically, ‘Birdman‘ will probably take home many trophies. As for ‘Boyhood‘ (known by its alternate title of ‘First World Problems: The Motion Picture‘), I don’t see it winning anything, though its numerous nominations are unsurprising.

I’ll always be confused as to why UK 2015 movies such as ‘Big Hero 6‘, ‘American Sniper‘ and ‘Into The Woods‘ are awards-contenders despite not being UK 2014 movies, yet ‘Selma‘ is shut-out. This is exacerbated by the fact that Margot Robbie is nominated for the Rising Star award despite only appearing in one UK 2014 movie; ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘. So is she nominated because of that movie? If so, where is ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘? Oh, it got nominated LAST year? Then why is Robbie in a 2014 category?

I feel like they’re making up the dates as they go along here.

But anyway, it’s a fair list of nominees for the most part and I look forward to seeing what UK panellists vote for and if opinions differ much from International counterparts.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on February 8th at the Royal Opera House in London and will be hosted by the recently betrothed Stephen Fry, who is hosting for the 10th time.

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Posted: 9th Jan 15