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BAFTA 2015 Award Ceremony

Sunday evening arrived with the excitement of viewers across the UK eagerly tuning into BBC One for the long awaited 68th British Film Academy Award Ceremony, hosted at the notable Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. The annual ceremony took place on the 8th February this year, and brought with it much speculation as to who would be leaving the event embracing a notorious mask trophy.

The award for Best Film was presented to the extraordinary account depicting the early life of renowned astrophysicist, Steven Hawking. ‘The Theory of Everything’ narrates the professor’s inherent ambition and talent, documenting his ground-breaking theories, the crucial relationship he shared with childhood sweetheart Jane Wilde, and his devastating ALS diagnosis at twenty-one years old.

The lead role was assigned to rising British star, Eddie Redmayne, who also succeeded in securing an award for this part as Best Leading Actor, against the likes of distinguished actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes.
Redmayne took to the stage expressing a combination of disbelief and gratitude, stating in his speech that he would remember the moment as “one of the greatest nights of my life.” He then led on to dedicate his award to various families, including Hawking’s family and his own; he reflected both had contributed towards his success in this role.

The Telegraph – tasteful and affecting”

The Guardian – “A universal story, extracted from a unique one”

The Independent – “Redmayne gives a brilliant performance: one that captures Hawking’s restless intellectual curiosity, his drive and humour”

Second to the thrill attained when deliberating which star will triumph in their category is the delight in reviewing their red carpet attire, and contending which icons from the night have succeeded in putting together an award-worthy ensemble.

Braving the characteristically icy-chill of British weather in February, Sunday evening exhibited the attending celebrities in their most stylish attire, all having to endure the scrutiny of thousands of viewers.
Maintaining the traditionally formal dress code, many of the stars succeeded in introducing the appropriate combination of creative sophistication and allure to their outfits, with the attendees’ clad in British labels such as designers Jenny Packham and Stella McCartney.

Notable mentions include the following:

Awards were presented to various fields within the film and television arts, honouring those screened in 2014 and judging the nominated sets against others in their category.
Listed below are the results from the most popularly anticipated categories in the 2015 BAFTA Award Ceremony… 

Best Film

Winner: Boyhood

Nominated: Birdman

The Grand Budapest Hotel

The Imitation Game

The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film

Winner: The Theory of Everything

Nominated: ’71

The Imitation Game

Paddington

Pride

Under the Skin

Director

Winner: Richard Linklater Boyhood

Nominated:  Alejandro G. Iñárritu – Birdman

Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

Leading Actor

Winner: Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Nominated: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game

Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler

Michael Keaton – Birdman

Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Leading Actress

Winner: Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Nominated: Amy Adams – Big Eyes

Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything

Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl

Original Screenplay

Winner: Wes Anderson – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nominated: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Dan Gilroy – Nightcrawler

Damien Chazelle – Whiplash

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