London: The groundbreaking drama about growing up, it was time form ‘Boyhood’ to grow up and shine, which was shot with the same actors over a staggering period of 12 years, bagged the best film award, and the best director for Richard Linklater, while Patricia Arquette, 46, won the best supporting actress for her portrayal of a doting divorced mother of two. While collecting the BAFTA trophy, an emotional Arquette said from the stage that Linklater had made an exceptional film, which had broken “the rules of cinema… You made an ordinary story extraordinary.”
She dedicated her award to the late filmmaker Tony Scott, who she called “a man who changed my life because he really taught me how to listen to myself as a girl and as an actress. Every single idea that I had, he’d say: ‘That’s a brilliant idea, let’s do it.’ So I love you England for giving us Tony Scott.”
The award for the best actress in a leading role went to Julianne Moore for her convincing portrayal of a woman battling Alzheimer’s in ‘Still Alice’. Accepting the award on the stage, an overwhelmed Moore thanked the female members of her family, insisting that she felt compelled to mention them during her first ever BAFTA speech – because they hail from the UK. Moore said, “Thank you for including me among these beautiful performances both British Felicity, Rosamund and American Amy and Reese I’m honoured to be honoured with you tonight. Film is a collaborative medium, there’s no way you can give a performance by yourself and the thing I value most about my job is the creative partnership with others.”
Eddie Redmayne secured the best actor award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory of Everything’, beating Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Ralph Fiennes (Budapest), Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler), Michael Keaton (Birdman) to the top slot.
Redmayne, 33, dedicating the award to his own family, his professional family, the cast and crew, and Hawkings, shared with the audience that he was grateful to them “for reminding me of the great strength that comes from the will to live a full and passionate life.” The biopic also won the best adapted screenplay award and one for outstanding British film. ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’, which dominated the craft categories, won best original music, makeup and hair, costume design, production design, as well as best original screenplay for director Anderson who was conspicuous by his absence.
Damien Chazelle- directed ‘Whiplash’, a film based on his experiences in the Princeton High School Studio Band, bagged three awards, including best editing, best sound and best supporting actor award for JK Simmons as the tyrannical and unforgiving music teacher Terence Fletcher. Thanking the director Damien Chazelle, his wife, children, and parents, Simmons accepted his award saying, “The whole experience has been a gift to me.” Satirical drama ‘Birdman’, which has gotten numerous nominations at the impending Oscars, could manage just one award for best cinematography.