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.
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the 2015 BAFTA Awards early Friday morning.
The complete list of this year's BAFTA Awards nominees is as follows:
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.