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BAFTAs spark forums outrage: 'Birdman' down, 'The Imitation Game' out

By Marcus James Dixon
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Feb 08 2015 18:10 pm
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Gold Derby's forum posters are known for their brass, take-no-prisoners opinions, all of which were in play Sunday night as the winners were announced at the BAFTA Awards. Just a small sample of their savagery below. Read more and have your say here.

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Early Grammy winners: Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, Eminem, Carrie Underwood, ...

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Feb 08 2015 16:45 pm
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70 Grammys were handed out before the primetime telecast began on CBS Sunday evening. (See the full list of winners here.) Country singer Hunter Hayes presided over the three-hour plus ceremony that took place at the Nokia Theater, across the street from the Staples Centre.

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Thom Geier, Paul Sheehan, Peter Travers top all Experts predicting BAFTA Awards winners

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Feb 08 2015 15:30 pm
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A trio of  Experts — Thom Geier, Paul Sheehan (Gold Derby), and Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) — topped all others in predicting the 2014 BAFTA Awards winners announced Sunday. They were best among 11 Experts that we polled in scoring a 72% accuracy rate regarding the BAFTA champs.

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What do BAFTAS mean for Oscars?

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By Paul Sheehan
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Feb 08 2015 15:30 pm
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Sunday's BAFTAs could be a preview of the Oscars in two weeks time thanks to a significant overlap between the two academies -- upwards of 500 voters belong to both. So, it is not surprisingly then that the BAFTA Best Picture has gone on to repeat at the Academy Awards for the last six years running. 

Last year, BAFTA awarded "12 Years a Slave" the top prize (but only one other) while "Gravity" claimed six, including Best Director. At the Oscars, "12 Years" also won Best Picture and two more (Supporting Actress, Adapted Screenplay) while "Gravity" repeated in Director, Cinematography, Score, Sound (twice) and Visual Effects and also took the Editing Oscar (BAFTA winner "Rush" was snubbed in this race). However, the British had snubbed "Dallas Buyers Club," which scored Oscars for leading man Matthew McConaughey and supporting player Jared Leto

So who among this year's Oscar hopefuls was most helped and hurt by the BAFTAs?

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See how you did predicting the BAFTA Awards winners

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Feb 08 2015 15:15 pm
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Congratulations to our User Bird for an outstanding 91% prediction rate for Sunday's BAFTA Awards winners. He actually tied with two other people - SxECanadianFanSxE and Troye - but wisely used his 500 and 200 point bets for the best overall score of 3,540.

Over 800 Gold Derby readers forecasted this year's BAFTA champs in 21 categories, logging more than 16,800 predictions. To see how you fared, log in to your account and under your profile picture click BAFTA Film Awards 2014.

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BAFTAs winners: 'Boyhood' is Best Picture, 'Grand Budapest Hotel' takes five, 'Birdman' just one

By Paul Sheehan
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Feb 08 2015 13:20 pm
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At Sunday's BAFTA Awards, "Boyhood" was only in contention for five awards but won three big prizes: Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). The BAFTA Best Picture has gone on to claim the same prize at the Oscars for the last six years running. 

"The Grand Budapest Hotel" did better than we expected, winning five of its leading 11 nominations: Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Makeup & Hairstyling, Production Design and Score. 

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'Boyhood' needs 'Birdman' to crash-land at Oscars like 'Apollo 13'

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Feb 08 2015 11:49 am
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"Birdman" surprised at the Producers Guild Awards, won as expected at the SAG Awards, and now the Directors Guild has picked its helmer Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu as Best Director. And "Boyhood," which swept the early precursors -- the New York and Los Angeles film critics, the Golden Globes and Critics' Choice --  is starting to look like an underdog. Is it three strikes and you're out for Richard Linklater's innovative coming-of-age drama, or does it still have a path to Oscar?

To find a precedent for a "Boyhood" win for Best Picture, you've got to go back to 1995, the year of "Apollo 13."

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BAFTA Awards: Complete list of winners

By Gold Derby News Desk
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Feb 08 2015 10:15 am
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Winners of the 67th annual BAFTA awards were revealed during a ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London on Sunday.  "Boyhood" was only in contention for five awards but won three big prizes: Best Picture, Director (Richard Linklater) and Best Supporting Actress (Patricia Arquette). The BAFTA Best Picture has gone on to claim the same prize at the Oscars for the last six years running. 

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Grammy Awards: What time does the show start?

By Paul Sheehan
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Feb 08 2015 05:38 am
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The Grammy Awards air on CBS Sunday night at 8pm ET/PT. The 57th annual edition of these top music kudos will take place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and be emceed once again by Tiffany net star LL Cool J ("NCIS: LA"). 

Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, and newcomer Sam Smith lead with six nominations each. All three contend for Album of the Year, along with Beck ("Morning Phase") and Ed Sheeran ("X"). Which artist will win top honors?

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