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 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. The film also won the award for outstanding British film.
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.
Twenty-four-year-old British actor Jack O’Connell picked up the Rising Star award, the only prize voted on by the public.
The BAFTAs are the major awards in the British film industry, and are among a series of such events culminating in the Oscars, the top prizes in the movie world, due to be handed out in Los Angeles on Feb. 22.