Monday, 12 January 2015

Winners & Nominations

All this week nominations for BAFTAs are out as well as the Golden Globe winners. Despite all the anger and screaming at the screen and getting angry or happy with the result, I do really enjoy award season from year to year. I can't remember who won what last year, I just remember really loving the fact that Tina Fey and Amy Poehler presented the Golden Globe awards last year and this year. Observe their opening speech from this year here. Their version of 'would you rather' is particularly funny.

I have to admit, I am more slightly excited for the BAFTAs, home turf and all. Plus there always seems to be that extra hint of glamour from the film awards here, like its still some sort of secret that America isn't fully aware of yet. Even though they clearly are. In past ceremonies, British film industry members have been ecstatic but the Americans that win are over joyed and always gush at the fact the British approving them. It's not a bad thing, just an observation.

I have made an extra effort to watch as many nominated films as I can but, as a Wes Anderson fan, I am over the moon at the recognition The Grand Budapest Hotel is getting, its a true masterpiece in film and story, you all know how much I love stories.

I won't fill up this post with long lists of nominations, so please, have a look here at the BAFTA ones here and watch them on BBC 1 (for UK viewers) on February 8, 2015.

As for the Golden Globe winners, just like in the opening speech, I am not including the awards for TV (sorry). I love TV but there are just too many to include. Please click here for the full list of nominations and winners. Thank you Empire.

As for film, behold the winners!

Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything

Best Motion Picture – Comedy Or Musical
The Grand Budapest Hotel
St. Vincent
Into The Woods

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory Of Everything
Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Jake Gyllenhaal, Nightcrawler
David Oyelowo, Selma

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Drama
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Jennifer Aniston, Cake
Felicity Jones, The Theory Of Everything
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Michael Keaton, Birdman
Ralph Fiennes, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Bill Murray, St. Vincent
Joaquin Phoenix, Inherent Vice
Christoph Waltz, Big Eyes

Best Actress In A Motion Picture – Musical Or Comedy
Amy Adams, Big Eyes
Emily Blunt, Into The Woods
Helen Mirren, The Hundred-Foot Journey
Julianne Moore, Maps To The Stars
Quvenzhané Wallis, Annie

Best Supporting Actor In A Motion Picture
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash
Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher

Best Supporting Actress In A Motion Picture
Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Jessica Chastain, A Most Violent Year
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Meryl Streep, Into The Woods
Emma Stone, Birdman

Best Director – Motion Picture
 Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Ava DuVernay, Selma
David Fincher, Gone Girl
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman

Best Original Score – Motion Picture
Jóhann Jóhannsson, The Theory Of Everything
Alexandre Desplat, The Imitation Game
Trent Reznor, Gone Girl
Antonio Sanchez, Birdman
Hans Zimmer, Interstellar

Best Original Song – Motion Picture
John Legend/Common, ‘Glory’, Selma
Lana Del Rey, ‘Big Eyes’, Big Eyes
Patti Smith/Lenny Kaye, ‘Mercy Is’, Noah
Greg Kurstin/Sia Furler/Will Gluck, ‘Opportunity’, Annie
Lorde, ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1

Best Animated Feature Film
How To Train Your Dragon 2 

Big Hero 6
The Book Of Life
The Lego Movie
The Boxtrolls

Best Screenplay – Motion Picture
Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr., Armando Bo, Birdman
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Graham Moore, The Imitation Game

Best Foreign Language Film
Force Majeure
Gett: The Trial Of Viviane Amsalem

 Overall I am pleased with the wins, especially the win for Michael Keaton and all the awards for The Grand Budapest Hotel. I think that the Best Actor In A Motion Picture – Drama, should have actually gone to Cumberbatch or Gyllenhaal, both of their performances were brilliant. It just felt like Redmayne won because of the whole Hawking thing, but that's just my opinion. To end on a high note, the win for How to Train Your Dragon 2 makes me happy too. It's all about dragons.

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