Last night, performers and film-makers alike descended on London to celebrate the best films released over the last year, at the 2015 BAFTA’s. Award ceremonies are always controversial and it’s virtually impossible to please everybody, particularly the passionate film-goers. Last year, I myself was disappointed with a lot of the winners, particularly when it came to the love for the extremely overrated Gravity. This year however, I am more than pleased with the majority of the winners and would say 2015 has been one of the rare occasions where BAFTA have got it pretty much spot on.
Eddie Redmayne took home the award for best actor, for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, beating the likes of Michael Keaton and Ralph Fiennes in the process. It isn’t my favourite performance in the category (that would be Keaton in Birdman) but it is undeniably the best; a physically demanding transformation that Redmayne absolutely deserves recognition for.
In the best actress category, Julianne Moore won the award Still Alice, a film that has yet to be released here in the UK. Moore has been on a roll as of late though, coming off of Cronenberg’s Map To The Stars with massive critical acclaim. It’s difficult to judge whether her win over Rosamund Pike and Felicity Jones is justified until the film is released, but it’s certainly peaked my interest for Still Alice none the less.
In the supporting categories, I’m happy all round for who took home the golden faces. J.K Simmons was awarded for his sinewy turn as Fletcher in the excellent Whiplash, which I actually saw again last week (It’s still amazing). What I was really pleased with though, was seeing Patricia Arquette win for her performance in Boyhood. It’s a very human, emotionally charged performance and is easily the best within her category, so I’m happy that was recognised as well.
The least surprising result of the night was arguably Jack O’Connell, who won the rising star award. Last year saw him go from tough and gritty roles in Starred Up and ’71, to Hollywood leading man in Unbroken. He’s proven a wide range of acting ability and is an exciting prospect for the future, so I’m not surprised in the slightest to see him take this accolade.
In terms of the actual film-work, it was The Grand Budapest Hotel that won the most awards, taking best original screenplay, costume design, make up and music. I would have liked to have seen original screenplay go to Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, but wholeheartedly agree with Budapest’s other wins.
It was Boyhood which took home what are arguably the most important awards though, winning both best film and best director for Richard Linklater. I don’t think the competition was particularly fierce in either category if I’m being honest, but the fact that BAFTA recognised Linklater’s patience in making a film over twelve years, as well as the as the quality of the film itself, is fantastic to see.
Everything was awesome for The Lego Movie which won best animated feature, although I would have liked to have seen Big Hero 6 or The Boxtrolls win. Another decision I don’t particularly agree with is naming The Theory of Everything as outstanding British film. I still maintain that the film isn’t as good as the performances and I would have much preferred Pride to have won.
Other than those instances, I am content with all the winners of this year’s BAFTA awards. It’s interesting to see that Birdman and Foxcatcher didn’t do particularly well at all, but could all that change come this year’s Oscars? Are you happy with this year’s BAFTA winners? Feel free to leave your comments below!