“The Grand Budapest Hotel” continues its rapid ascent through the winter awards season. It received a field-leading 11 nominations at the BAFTA Awards, including Best Picture, Best Director (Wes Anderson), Best Actor (Ralph Fiennes), and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography, editing, production design, costume design, makeup & hair, music and sound.
“Birdman” also received nominations for Best Director (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Best Actor (Michael Keaton), supporting bids for Edward Norton and Emma Stone, and Best Original Screenplay as well as for cinematography, editing, music and sound.
“The Theory of Everything” also earned a nod for Best Director (James Marsh), as well as in both lead acting categories for Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best British Film as well as for editing, costume design, makeup & hair, and music.
“Theory” faces “The Imitation Game” for both Best Picture and Best British Film. The Alan Turning biopic scored nine nominations total, including Best Actor (Benedict Cumberbatch), Best Supporting Actress (Keira Knightley), and Best Adapted Screenplay as well as editing, production design, costume design and sound. Director Morten Tyldum, however, was left out, making “Imitation” the only Best Picture nominee without a corresponding Director bid.
Rounding out the Best Picture race is the current Oscars frontrunner, “Boyhood,” which scored five nominations total. It’s also up for Best Director and Best Original Screenplay for Richard Linklater, and it picked up supporting acting bids for Ethan Hawke and Patricia Arquette. Made and assembled over 12 years, the film was notably absent from the Best Editing category.
“Whiplash” is also up for five awards. It didn’t make the cut for Best Picture, but it did surprise with a nomination for Best Director for 29-year-old helmer Damien Chazelle. It also earned bids for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (J.K. Simmons) as well as editing and sound.
The dark Los Angeles crime drama “Nightcrawler” impressed with four nominations, including Best Actor (Jake Gyllenhaal) and an unexpected Best Supporting Actress nod for Rene Russo as well as Original Screenplay and editing.
Speaking of hometown favorites, the BAFTA nominations were just as notable for whom they left out, particularly “Mr. Turner.” Filmmaker Mike Leigh has previously won BAFTAs for writing (“Secrets and Lies”), directing (“Vera Drake”), and Best British Film (“Secrets and Lies”), but despite earning stellar reviews, “Mr. Turner” was snubbed for Picture, Director, Actor (Timothy Spall), and, perhaps most surprisingly, Best British Film, which included six films, ranging from the erotic sci-fi thriller “Under the Skin” to the family comedy “Paddington.”
“Mr. Turner” was, however, nominated four times below the line: Best Cinematography, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, and Best Makeup & Hair.
Also snubbed (again) was “Selma.” The docudrama about Martin Luther King and the marches for voting rights in Alabama in 1965 wasn’t nominated in any category, even for British actor David Oyelowo in the leading role. The film also recently missed out on nominations at the SAG Awards and Producers Guild Awards here in the US.
“Unbroken” was also shut out across the board, though young breakout star Jack O’Connell, whose other military drama, “71,” earned a pair of bids, picked up a nomination for the Rising Star Award, voted on by the public. He’s up against Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot Robbie, Miles Teller, and Shailene Woodley.
While the BAFTA nominations were revealed the day after the first stage of Oscar voting ended, the winners will be revealed on Feb. 8 (two days after final Oscar voting begins).