‘Boyhood’ wins top BAFTA honours


“Boyhood” was named Best Film with Richard Linklater winning Director and Patricia Arquette receiving the award for Supporting Actress at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony in the Royal Opera House here Sunday.

“Boyhood” depicts the adolescence of a young boy in Texas growing up with divorced parents.

“THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL” won five awards for Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up and Hair and Original Music, with Wes Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay, said a BAFTA press release.

Leading Actor was presented to Eddie Redmayne for his portrayal of professor Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”, which also received the awards for Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay.

Whiplash received three BAFTAs: Supporting Actor for J. K. Simmons, Editing and Sound.

Leading Actress was presented to Julianne Moore for her role in Still Alice, meaning all four of this year’s performance awards went to first-time BAFTA winners.

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”. Previous Outstanding Debut winner Pawel Pawlikowski picked up the award for Film Not in the English Language for “Ida”.

Emmanuel Lubezki received the BAFTA for Cinematography for “Birdman”, having won this category twice previously, most recently in 2014.

“The Lego Movie” received the BAFTA for Animated Film, and Special Visual Effects was presented to “Interstellar”. The award for Documentary was won by “Citizenfour”.

“Boogaloo and Graham” won the British Short Film award and the British Short Animation award was presented to “The Bigger Picture”; both shorts are nominated for this year’s international short film and animation categories at the Oscars later this month.

The EE Rising Star Award, voted for by the public, was presented to Jack O’Connell.

The special award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to BBC Films in their 25th year. Mike Leigh, whose films include “Naked, Secrets & Lies”, “Vera Drake” and “Mr. Turner”, received the Fellowship, the highest honour the academy can bestow.

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