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The British Academy Film Awards will be awarded on Sunday.  Here are my predictions along with what I would like to see win in the major categories:

Best Film

  • My Choice: Boyhood
  • Prediction: Boyhood
  • Other nominations: The Grand Budapest Hotel, The Theory of Everything, Birdman, The Imitation Gameboyhood-poster

 

David Lean Award for Direction

  • My Choice: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Prediction: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Other nominations: Alejandro González Iñárritu for Birdman, Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, James Marsh for The Theory of Everything:richard linklater boyhood

 

Best Leading Actor

  • My choice:  Ralph Fiennes for The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Prediction:  Michael Keaton for Birdman
  • Other nominations: Benedict Cumberbatch for The Imitation Game, Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything, Jake Gyllenhaal for Nightcrawler.ralph fiennes the grand budapest hotel

 

Best Leading Actress

  • My Choice: Reese Witherspoon for Wild (I haven’t seen still Alice)
  • Prediction: Julianne Moore for Still Alice
  • Other nominations: Rosamund Pike for Gone Girl, Felicity Jones for The Theory of Everything, Amy Adams for Big Eyes.Wild

 

Best Supporting Actor

  • My Choice: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Prediction: J.K. Simmons for Whiplash
  • Other nominations: Mark Ruffalo for Foxcatcher, Ethan Hawke for Boyhood, Edward Norton for Birdman, Steve Carell for Foxcatcher.j k simmons whiplash

 

Best Supporting Actress

  • My Choice: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Prediction: Patricia Arquette for Boyhood
  • Other nominations: Keira Knightley for The Imitation Game, Emma Stone for Birdman, Imelda Staunton for Pride, Rene Russo for Nightcrawler.patricia arquette boyhood

 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

  • My choice: Stephen Beresford & David Livingstone for Pride (I haven’t seen Kajaki but have heard great things about it)
  • Prediction: Stephen Beresford & David Livingstone for Pride
  • Other nominations: Elaine Constantine for Northern Soul, Yann Demange &Gregory Burke for ’71, Hong Khaou for Lilting, Paul Katis & Andrew de Lotbiniere for Kajaki.Pride

 

Best Original Screenplay

  • My Choice: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Prediction: Richard Linklater for Boyhood
  • Other nominations: Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Damien Chazelle for Whiplash, Dan Gilroy for Nightcrawler, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo for Birdman.richard linklater boyhood

 

Best Screenplay (Adapted)

  • My Choice: Gillian Flynn for Gone Girl
  • Prediction:  Graham Moore for The Imitation Game
  • Other nominations: Jason Hall for American Sniper, Graham Moore for The Imitation Game, Anthony McCarten for The Theory of Everything, Paul King for PaddingtonGillian Flynn

 

Best Cinematography

  • My Choice: Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman
  • Prediction: Dick Pope for Mr. Turner
  • Other nominations: Hoyte Van Hoytema for Interstellar, Robert D. Yeoman for The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ryszard Lenczewski for Ida: Lukasz Zal,emmanuel lubezki birdman

 

Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film

  • My Choice: Pride or Under the Skin
  • Prediction: Paddington
  • Other nominations: ’71, The Imitation Game, The Theory of EverythingUnder The Skin

 

EE Rising Star Award

  • My Choice: Jack O’Connell
  • Prediction: Shailene Woodley
  • Other nominations: Miles Teller, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Margot RobbieJack OConnell

 

Best Film Not in the English Language

  • Unfortunately, being the only one shown at my local cinema Trash is the only film I have seen so have no opinion on this category.  The nominations are: Ida, The Lunchbox, Two Days, One Night, Leviathan, Trash.Trash

 

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Last Movie of the Month for 2014 with a surprise winner. Check back over the weekend to see if any of the featured films make my top ten of the year. 

Paddington:  Adapting the classic children’s story could have been a disaster,  amazingly the story of the titular bear from darkest Peru gets everything right.  From the cast (both the human characters and the voice of Paddington) to the animation of the bear.  Most importantly the comedy is just the right side of silly to make it charming and enchanting.Paddington

Black Sea:  It essentially boils down to The Treasure of the Sierra Madre in a submarine.  A taught well acted, if predicable thriller.Black Sea

The Grandmaster: The life of real life martial arts supremo Ip Man as told by Wong Kar Wai.  It is as stunning to look at as you would expect, and the fight choreography by Woo-ping Yuen is as brilliant as ever.  The only disappointing thing, I am led to believe there are three different edits, out there.  If the reviews are correct, the version I saw isn’t the best one.The Grandmaster

The Pyramid: A team of archaeologists explore a pyramid.  Not good idea.  A silly film that doesn’t even reach the low watermark set by As Above, So Below earlier this year.  Anyone thinking of watching either of these films would be better of watching Neil Marshall’s modern classic/masterpiece The Descent, even if you have already seen it.The Pyramid

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies: A decent conclusion to the trilogy.  Like its predecessors it was never going to be as good as The Lord Of The Rings.  Some of the characters are sidelined for large sections of the film but this is done to develop other characters further and was the right thing to do on the whole.The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

Big Eyes: Tim Burtons least Tim Burton film.  It is similar in tone to Ed Wood but doesn’t have the same warmth towards the characters.  The biggest floor is the lack of depth to Christoph Waltz’s character.  We never truly understand the motivation for his actions.bigeyes

Unbroken: Angelina Jolie directed story Olympic runner and WWII POW Louis Zamperini.  Lavishly shot and often powerful, the heart of the movie comes from another great performance from rising star Jack O’Connell.Unbroken

Exodus: Gods And Kings: The return of the biblical epic continues, unlike Noah it tells its story with a tiny bit of ambiguity that may or may not rationalise the miracles on display.  It sags a little in the middle but earns its epic status thanks to some truly spectacular scenes.Exodus Gods And Kings

I never expected to say this, but Movie of The Month is: PaddingtonPaddingtonPOSTER

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