BAFTA Awards 2015 – Full List of Winners

Big winners:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – 5
Boyhood – 3
The Theory of Everything – 3
Whiplash – 3

Best Film

Other nominees:
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything

Outstanding British Film
The Theory of Everything

Other Nominees:
The Imitation Game
Under The Skin

Eddie Redmayne – The Theory of Everything

Other Nominees:
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Imitation Game
Ralph Fiennes – The Grand Budapest Hotel
Jake Gyllenhaal – Nightcrawler
Michael Keaton – Birdman

Julianne Moore – Still Alice

Other nominees:
Amy Adams – Big Eyes
Felicity Jones – The Theory of Everything
Rosamund Pike – Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon – Wild

Supporting Actor
J. K. Simmons – Whiplash

Other nominees:
Steve Carell – Foxcatcher
Ethan Hawke – Boyhood
Edward Norton – Birdman
Mark Ruffalo – Foxcatcher

Supporting Actress
Patricia Arquette – Boyhood

Other nominees:
Renee Russo – Nightcrawler
Keira Knightley – The Imitation Game
Imelda Staunton – Pride
Emma Stone – Birdman

Richard Linklater – Boyhood

Other nominees:
Wes Anderson – Grand Budapest Hotel
Damian Chazelle – Whiplash
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu – Birdman
James Marsh – The Theory of Everything

Adapted Screenplay
The Theory of Everything – Anthony McCarten

Other nominees:
American Sniper – Jason Hall
Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
The Imitation Game – Graham Moore
Paddington – Paul King

Original Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wes Anderson

Other nominees:
Boyhood – Richard Linklater
Birdman – Alejandro G. Inarritu, Nicolas Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris Jr, Armando Bo
Nightcrawler – Dan Gilroy
Whiplash – Damien Chazelle

Animated Film
The Lego Movie

Other nominees:
The Boxtrolls
Big Hero 6


Other nominees:
20 Feet from Stardom
20,000 Days on Earth
Finding Vivian Maier

Foreign Film

Other nominees:
The Lunchbox
Two Days, One Night

Birdman – Emmanuel Lubezki

Other nominees:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Robert Yeoman
Ida – Lukasz Zal, Ryzsard Lenczewski
Interstellar – Hoyte van Hoytema
Mr Turner – Dick Pope

Costume Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel

Other nominees:
The Imitation Game
Into the Woods
Mr Turner
The Theory of Everything

Whiplash – Tom Cross

Other nominees:
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game – William Goldenberg
Nightcrawler – John Gilroy
The Theory of Everything – Jinx Godfrey
Birdman – Douglas Crise, Stephen Mirrione

Make-up and Hair
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Frances Hannon

Other nominees:
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 Theory of Everything – Jan Sewell

The Grand Budapest Hotel – Alexandre Desplat

Other nominees:
Birdman – Antonio Sanchez
Interstellar – Hans Zimmer
The Theory of Everything – Johann Johannsson
Under the Skin – Mica Levi

Production Design
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Adam Stockhausen, Anna Pinnock

Other nominees:
Big Eyes – Rick Heinrichs, Shane Vieau
The Imitation Game – Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana MacDonald
Interstellar – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis
Mr Turner – Suzie Davies, Charlotte Watts

Whiplash – Thomas Curley, Ben Wilkins, Craig Mann

Other nominees:
American Sniper – Walt Martin, John Reitz, Gregg Rudloff, Alan Robert Murray, Bub Asman
Birdman – Thomas Varga, Martin Hernandez, Aaron Glascock, Jon Taylor, Frank A Montaño
The Grand Budapest Hotel – Wayne Lemmer, Christopher Scarabosio, Pawel Wdowczak
The Imitation Game – John Midgley, Lee Walpole, Stuart Hilliker, Martin Jensen

Visual Effects
Interstellar – Paul Franklin, Scott Fisher, Andrew Lockley
X-Men: Days of Future Past – Richard Stammers, Anders Langlands, Tim Crosbie, Cameron Waldbauer

Other nominees:
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Erik Winquist, Daniel Barrett
Guardians of the Galaxy – Stephane Ceretti, Paul Corbould, Jonathan Fawkner, Nicolas
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, R Christopher White

British Short Animation
The Bigger Picture – Chris Hees, Daisy Jacobs, Jennifer Majka

Other nominees:
Monkey Love Experiments – Ainslie Henderson, Cam Fraser, Will Anderson
My Dad – Marcus Armitage

British Short Film
Boogaloo and Graham – Brian J Falconer, Michael Lennox, Ronan Blaney

Other nominees:
Emotional Fusebox – Michael Berliner, Rachel Tunnard
The Karman Line – Campbell Beaton, Dawn King, Tiernan Hanby, Oscar Sharp
Slap – Islay Bell-Webb, Michelangelo Fano, Nick Rowland
Three Brothers -S Aleem Khan, Matthieu de Braconier, Stephanie Paeplow

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Stephen Beresford, David Livingstone (writer and producer Pride)

Elaine Constantine (writer/director Northern Soul)
Gregory Burke, Yann Demange (writer and director ’71)
Hong Khaou (writer/director Lilting)
Paul Katis, Andrew De Lotbiniere (director/producer and producer Kajaki: The True Story)

Rising Star Award
Jack O’Connell

Other nominees:
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Margot Robbie
Miles Teller
Shailene Woodley

The Theory of Everything (James Marsh, 2014)

I watched the Stephen Hawking biopic in early February 2015. My challenge was to watch it without influence from the media frenzy surrounding the film and, in particular, Eddie Redmayne’s performance in the lead role. It was fairly easy to block it out, such is the conviction in his performance and the exquisite way it has been captured by director James Marsh and the excellent team of people that helped craft this fantastic film.

In case you’re unaware, Professor Stephen Hawking is a world-renowned theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose book of personal theories A Brief History of Time sold over ten million copies worldwide. He suffers from motor neurone disease (MND), which set in whilst he was still studying at university, and he is now all but completely paralysed. It is a revelation that he is even alive today – he was diagnosed in 1963 and given two years to live. The film tells the story of him reaching university, falling in love with his first wife and mother of his three children Jane Wilde, and becoming the most famous theoretical physicist of the modern world.


A little was made in the build up to release of the choice to cast an able-bodied actor as Hawking. Obviously these complaints come from people who haven’t seen the film because you just can’t cast someone with disabilities as Hawking when the first third of the film is spent on his life before his terrible motor neurone disease set in. I think these comments have gone away now as more and more people see the film.

Frankly, Redmayne’s performance was astonishing. He completely nails it, working as both a great piece of acting and an uncanny impersonation. The frustration that must be felt by the thousands of sufferers of MND is channelled directly to the viewer by coupling some intimate close-up camera work with some exceptional acting. If Redmayne wins the Oscar next month it will be because of the latter parts of the film.

Just as important is the characterisation of his wife, whose autobiography this film is based on. It’s a well-balanced treatment, with her choices portrayed honestly but respectfully by Oscar-nominated Felicity Jones. It’s a strong person that sticks around in such testing conditions and nobody can be judged on the choices they make. Just as with Hawking, she is treated with the utmost respect.


I’m greatly appreciative that a fantastic film has been made on Hawking as I didn’t think the eponymously titled 2013 documentary quite did his story justice. It too heavily concentrated on his current way-of-life and all the problems that it brings, rather than the works of genius he has brought to the world and the battles he fought to become so popular. It was, for me, a missed opportunity – a story that needs to be told, but one that shouldn’t take precedence over the one told in The Theory of Everything.

I’m not sure how closely the film sticks to the facts, as I’ve not yet read Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen (the book by Jane Wilde Hawking on which this is based). Obviously not every last thing that features in this film will be a perfect account of what happened, but that freedom is allowed in biopics. As with The Imitation Game, the most important thing to do is tell a great story, or it falls short of the mark as a piece of cinematic art. Actually, I think The Imitation Game was a better film in general, and Cumberbatch edges it on the acting front for me, but I doubt the Academy will agree and to be honest that’s far more important.

The Theory of Everything is out now at cinemas worldwide.