I stayed away all day because I like to watch BAFTA without knowing the winners.
What a 24 hours for the Boyhood/Birdman match-up. Birdman looked to have buried Linklater last night, and I'm not saying BAFTA is necessarily enough to change that. But the fact is, BAFTA has done pretty well matching the Oscar winners in recent years, so it's cause for at least some hesitation. A Birdman win here would have set an inevitability scenario in motion; now it's anything but.
I've always doubted the contention, by O'Neil/Sasha and the pack, that speeches at prelim awards change the race. But if one can, Ellar Coltrane's tonight would do his film a bunch of good.
The kids at Awards Watch are saying Redmayne winning here "clinched" the Oscar, which seems ridiculous: a British Academy, which also voted Theory of Everything best adapted screenplay and best British film, with Stephen Hawking in attendance, would seem to have been the most favorable terrain imaginable for Redmayne. I'm unwilling to put that race to rest based on this. The only edge Redmayne has over Keaton is the SAG -- not a small edge, but not the whole world, either.
Lots of fun below the line, with Grand Budapest Hotel romping through a bunch of techs (including the hotly contested costume design). Birdman did manage cinematography -- but I recall Lubezki won for Children of Men here, as well. Interstellar triumphed for visual effects over. basically, the Oscar field. And best score! So many people at other sites seem to have Theory of Everything locked in for score, so Desplat's win was significant and, I hope, prophetic. (He also won a Grammy for the score tonight)
And can we acknowledge, after the PGA, ACE and this, that the animation branch flat out blocked The LEGO Movie from an award it would have won?