In the second segment of our two-part review of this years upcoming Academy awards and British Academy Film and Television Awards, we look at three of the main gongs being handed out to movies this year – best original screenplay, best adapted screenplay and the big one, best film – again, with the help of our weekly contributor Rachel Geiger.
Best Original Screenplay
Boyhood by Richard Linklater
Birdman by Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris and Armando Bo – GG winner – Best Screenplay
The Grand Budapest Hotel by Wes Anderson and Hugo Guinness
Nightcrawler by Dan Gilroy
Foxcatcher by E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
Whiplash by Damien Chazelle
I think Boyhood should win this one purely for the incredible idea, but Birdman winning the Globe and the Critics Choice Awards has thrown a bit of a curveball. As much as I would like either Boyhood or The Grand Budapest Hotel to win you cannot argue with the way the other awards have been going, Birdman to win here!
RG on the Oscar: “Boyhood should definitely win. I think it will just because of how creative the concept is that Richard Linklater created.”
RG on the BAFTA: “Birdman should win this one. It’s a funny movie and it was really well written.”
Best Adapted Screenplay
American Sniper by Jason Hall
The Imitation Game by Graham Moore
The Theory of Everything by Anthony McCarten
Inherent Vice by Paul Thomas Anderson
Whiplash by Damien Chazelle
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
Paddington by Paul King, Hamish McColl and Paul King
Interesting to see that BAFTA thinks that Whiplash is original, but Oscar thinks it’s adapted? If anyone can shed some light on this then please let me know!
This is an extremely close category, especially in the US when you throw Whiplash into the mix! This could honestly go anywhere, but if you had asked me when the nominations came out I would have said it’s a two horse race between The Theory of Everything and Whiplash, perhaps with The Theory of Everything just edging it. However, the relatively unexpected success of American Sniper means that Jason Hall’s work deserves to be in contention. That makes this a very close category, but I still believe that Anthony McCarten’s The Theory of Everything will win the Oscar and with that probably the BAFTA.
RG on the Oscar: “American Sniper just because of how current this true story is.”
RG on the BAFTA: “The Theory Of Everything because the story is so strong. And I think it deserves a lot of awards.”
Boyhood – GG winner – drama
The Imitation Game
The Theory of Everything
The Grand Budapest Hotel – GG winner – musical or comedy
Other Oscar nominees:
Finally, the big one. The one award that tops all others before it. Best Picture. Again this is a superb selection of films and showcases the amount of new and fresh talent that has emerged over the last year! However, I must humbly admit that I called the Oscar winner back in the summer of 2014, when Boyhood was pitched to us all as this completely new and untried idea – a film shot for over a decade. I’m pretty sure that’s a completely unique idea (at least intentionally taking over a decade to make!) and in truth, it’s quite remarkable. these are all good films, and there’s films on this list that I would be more likely to watch again other than Boyhood – however, people like giving awards to people that ‘push the boundaries of modern cinema’ or something along those lines, and Boyhood has tried something completely ludicrous and spectacular. Boyhood has to win this award, both in the US and the UK – although The Theory of Everything may have something to say about the BAFTA.
RG on the Oscar: “Again, I can’t see any other movie besides Boyhood winning. It’s just really original and there’s no movie like it really.”
RG on the BAFTA: “The Theory Of Everything. Wow, I basically picked this movie for every award. If I had my way, it’d win practically every award.”
And with that we end our review on this year’s Oscars and BAFTAs. Agree with what we’ve predicted? Can you think of anything us (or the panels, for that matter!) have missed out on? Let us know, and if we get enough responses we will create the alternative ‘tCC15 Awards’!