The 2015 Bafta Film Awards marked a triumph for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hostel which converted five of its eleven nominations into silverware, picking up prizes for original screenplay, costume design, music and more.
But the big shock of the evening was The Imitation Game which walked away empty-handed despite being shortlisted in nine categories. Benedict Cumberbatch lost out in the Leading Actor category to Eddie Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking, while Keira Knightley was beaten by Patricia Arquette and the Alan Turing biopic lost out on British Film to The Theory of Everything and Best Film to Boyhood.
Redmayne’s Hawking drama – which also stars Felicity Jones – added to its acting and British film accolades with an adapted screenplay triumph for Anthony McCarten who worked from Jane Hawking’s book. Boyhood also added to its ever-growing haul of trophies with victories for Arquette, plus the prestigious Best Film statuette and Richard Linklater’s win for Best Director.
Julianne Moore continued to sweep the board with a victory for her turn in Still Alice, meanwhile Birdman had just one prize to show for its ten nominations, honoured for its cinematography.
The team behind The Lego Movie avenged their omission from the Oscars shortlist with a win for Best Animated Film, beating off competition from The Boxtrolls and Big Hero 6. Elsewhere, Ida was named Best Film Not in the English Language and Pride’s Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone earned Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.