'Grand Budapest' dominates BAFTA as 'Selma' snub raises Oscar red flags

'Grand Budapest' dominates BAFTA as 'Selma' snub raises Oscar red flags

'Birdman' and 'Theory of Everything' tie with 10 nominations each

The most important thing to consider when looking at the 2015 BAFTA Awards nominations is that the voting process is actually (mostly) the opposite of the Academy Awards.  For the Best Film and acting categories, the entire membership can vote on the nominations and winners. Other honors, such as Adapted Screenplay, Original Screenplay, Cinematography, Costume Design, Director, Editing, Make-Up & Hair, Original Music, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects, are determined completely by their respective branches. That means, for the most part, that the BAFTA nominations are a reflection of broad support in the top five races. Keep that in mind.

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2015 BAFTA Awards nominations

2015 BAFTA Awards nominations

'Grand Budapest Hotel' leads with 11 nominations

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the 2015 BAFTA Awards early Friday morning. 

For complete analysis of this year's nominations and what they could mean for the upcoming Oscar nods click here.

The complete list of this year's BAFTA Awards nominees is as follows:

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'Birdman,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' popular with Alliance of Women Film Journalists

'Birdman,' 'Only Lovers Left Alive' popular with Alliance of Women Film Journalists

Female Focus sidebar provides a ripe opportunity to shine a light

With 10 mentions, "Birdman" was far and away the top nominations hog with the Alliance of Women Film Journalists, but there were some twists along the way, too. "Only Lovers Left Alive" was popular with the group, while the female focus and special categories serve as a nice opportunity to shake things up.

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'Selma' wins top honors from Central Ohio critics

'Selma' wins top honors from Central Ohio critics

'The Grand Budapest Hotel' and 'Whiplash' also popular

After "Birdman" led the Central Ohio Film Critics Association's list of nominees, it was "Selma" that proved the most popular effort of the bunch. The film won five awards including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor and Best Original Screenplay. "The Grand Budapest Hotel" and "Whiplash," meanwhile, each won a pair of honors.

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2015 Golden Globes Predictions: 'Imitation Game,' 'Fargo,' Viola Davis and...?

2015 Golden Globes Predictions: 'Imitation Game,' 'Fargo,' Viola Davis and...?

Get ready for less starpower and classier picks from the HFPA

There will be a ton of superstars in the audience of the Beverly Hilton for the Golden Globes on Sunday, but you won't see a lot of them taking home any hardware. In fact, most of them are presenting or expected to go home empty handed. This year's frontrunners will likely end up making the HFPA look classier than their sometimes eyebrow-raising picks in previous years. The problem for NBC is that most of them aren't "buzzworthy" movie or TV stars. Luckily, however, the Globes still have Tina Fey and Amy Poehler on board for one last hosting gig, and you never know what's going to happen once the alcohol starts flowing.

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11 times the Golden Globes got away with calling a drama a 'comedy or musical'

11 times the Golden Globes got away with calling a drama a 'comedy or musical'

We beg to differ...

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has a long history of dubious categorizations when it comes to their "comedy or musical" categories. There are really two examples: dramedies that straddle the line enough that placing them in the comedy category makes sense to enough people and dramas about musicians that happen to narratively feature live performances, so they become "musicals."

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Team 'Boyhood' parties into the night as Oscar voting draws to a close

Team 'Boyhood' parties into the night as Oscar voting draws to a close

Ostensibly a home video celebration but a nice pre-phase two pitch for the film

LOS ANGELES — With the deadline for voting looming and with phase two of the Oscar season — where Academy-targeted events have been disallowed — on the horizon, the "Boyhood" crew celebrated the film's DVD/Blu-ray release Wednesday night at a swanky Chateau Marmont soiree.

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George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series

George Lucas coming to Sundance for new 'Art of Film Weekend' series

New venture for Festival's second weekend

The Sundance Film Festival announced today that it will hold a series of panels titled the "Art of Film Weekend" which will take place Jan. 29-31. This new initiative should create more buzz worthy moments during a period when the Festival is traditionally winding down. The slate will kick off with a conversation between Festival founder Robert Redford and George Lucas that will be streamed online at Sundance.org.

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'Guardians of the Galaxy' leads Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominations

'Guardians of the Galaxy' leads Makeup and Hairstylists Guild nominations

'Grand Budapest Hotel,' 'Interstellar' and 'Into the Woods' also pick up multiple nods

This is the second year for the Makeup and Hairstylists Guild joining the awards game, and they've been a welcome addition to the circuit. They spread their nods thin across a number of categories, but it's a good window into what this branch digs, for sure.

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'McFarland, USA' will close out 30th annual Santa Barbara Film Festival

Plus: SBIFF announces its Artisan Awards winners

A self-acknowledged "showcase for Academy Award frontrunners," the Santa Barbara International Film Festival is often overlooked for the actual films that earn it festival status. An amalgamation of international discoveries and ’merica’s circuit highlights, the SBIFF curates a week of best-of-the-best to pair with their star-praising. The 2015 edition offers another expansive selection, bookended by two films that aren’t on any radars just yet.

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