BAFTA Awards 2015: The emotional winners
'The Grand Budapest Hotel' tops winners list, while Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore pick up yet another award each
All eyes are on the award's season's big winners, which inevitably influence predictions for the Academy Awards later this month. Leading the winners at last night's British Academy Film Awards with five trophies (including Best Original Screenplay) was Wes Anderson's eccentric The Grand Budapest Hotel, followed by Whiplash's three scores.
The Theory of Everything won the Best Adapted Screenplay and Outstanding British Film awards (David Beckham presented the latter), as its lead, Eddie Redmayne, dedicated his Leading Actor win to his family and his 'professional' family. He added that the award really belongs to Stephen Hawking's family.
"I would like to thank them for their trust in us, for their generosity and their kindness," Eddie expressed with a shaky voice to the Hawkings and Hellyer Joneses. "And for reminding me of the great strength that comes from the will to live a full and a passionate life."
Julianne Moore, like Eddie, proved herself an intimidating Oscar contender as she scooped up yet another award for Still Alice. Winning Leading Actress for her Alzheimer's-stricken character, she thanked the film's cast and crew – including the "adorable Kristen Stewart" – as well as the Alzheimer's community "who were so generous with their time and telling me their experiences." She closed her speech, voice breaking, by dedicating her masked man trophy to her mother, grandmother and great-aunts.
Stephen himself accompanied Felicity Jones to present the Special Visual Effects award to Interstellar. Called "the only person on the planet more intelligent than [awards host] Stephen Fry" by Felicity, Stephen jokingly replied "Yes, and better looking."
Jack O'Connell is a force to be reckoned with, earning the BAFTAs' EE Rising Star award. Cuba Gooding, Jr. stole a kiss from Stephen Fry (for real!) before presenting the Supporting Actress award to Patricia Arquette for her role in Best Film victor Boyhood. The actress' male award winner counterpart is Whiplash's J.K. Simmons; you'll recall that both also won supporting actor/actress honours at the Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe Awards. The Lego Movie, although excluded from this year's Oscars, won the Best Animated Film at the BAFTAs. As expected, long-take-heavy Birdman took home the Cinematography award.