'Boyhood' scoops best film and director prizes at BAFTAs

Sun Feb 8, 2015 5:51pm EST
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By Sam Wilkin

LONDON (Reuters) - Coming-of-age drama "Boyhood" scooped three prizes including best film and director at Britain's biggest film awards on Sunday, while "The Grand Budapest Hotel" took five gongs but missed out on the most prestigious awards.

"The Theory of Everything" garnered three awards including leading actor at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards hosted by comedian Stephen Fry, but "The Imitation Game" failed to convert any of its nine nominations.

Richard Linklater won the director award for "Boyhood", which he filmed over a 12-year period using the same cast. Patricia Arquette, who won the supporting actress award for her role as a single mother, said Linklater had "made an ordinary story extraordinary".

Eddie Redmayne took the leading actor award for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking, a celebrated cosmologist who is paralyzed by motor neuron disease, in "The Theory of Everything". The film also won the award for outstanding British film.

Redmayne said Hawking and his family had closely supported the film's production. The physicist attended the ceremony and received a standing ovation as he presented the special visual effects award to space-faring epic "Interstellar".

The award for leading actress went to Julianne Moore for her portrayal of a linguistics professor grappling with Alzheimer's disease in "Still Alice".

"The Grand Budapest Hotel", the story of a legendary concierge and his young protege, won the awards for original screenplay, costume design, production design, make-up & hair, and original music.

J.K. Simmons won the supporting actor category for his portrayal of a domineering jazz teacher in "Whiplash". The film, shot by American director Damien Chazelle in just 19 days, also picked up the awards for editing and sound.   Continued...

Presenter Tom Cruise (L) celebrates with (2nd L-R) Jonathan Sehring, Ellar Coltrane, Cathleen Sutherland, Patricia Arquette Ethan Hawke, and John Sloss after they won the best film award for "Boyhood" at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony at the Royal Opera House in London February 8, 2015. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett