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In the merry and competitive dance to the Oscars Final it was the UK’s turn to hand out the film awards last night with The British Academy of Film & Television Awards taking place at London’s Royal Opera House.
In a repeat of last month's Golden Globes in LA; best actress went to Julian Moore for her portrayal of a linguistics professor with early the onset of Alzheimer’s in Still Alice; Richard Linklater’s Boyhood picked up best film - and best director - and best actor went to Eddie Redmayne for playing Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything.
Where The Baftas did diverge from their American cousin, the best animated film was won by The Lego Movie which caused some controversy earlier this year by being overlooked by The Globes and The Oscars.
Wes Anderson's idiosyncratic comedy Grand Budapest Hotel took the highest number of awards for: costume design, production design, make-up and original music; with Anderson winning his first Bafta for original screenplay.
The outstanding contribution award went to veteran director Mike Leigh who was honoured by the British Academy. Accepting his award the 71 year old film-maker said 'How lucky we are to have been born in this magical age of cinema. It is glorious isn't it?’
The Oscars take place in California next month on the 22nd February. Whether The Academy will follow suit in the top four categories remain to be seen but history does bode well for this year's winners. In 2013 Cate Blanchett had won both The Globes and The Bafta for best actress, by this stage, before going on to win the Oscar in the same category and in 2012 Daniel Day-Lewis collected all three best actor awards in 2012 for his portrayal of President Lincoln.
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