While the odds on the 2015 BAFTAs are yet to appear on goldderby.com or awardscircuit.com (the go-to places for awards predictions), I’d still like to make a stab at predicting the major categories, based on Oscar and Golden Globes odds, release schedules and previous results. Winners in Bold. Also, I have discounted Selma, Still Alice and all others released from February onwards as even though they are eligible, no film that was released from February onwards last year was nominated, eg. Dallas Buyers Club, Her, etc.
Best Film: Birdman, Boyhood, Gone Girl, The Imitation Game, Unbroken.
Outstanding British Film: ’71, The Imitation Game, Mr. Turner, Pride, The Theory of Everything.
Best Director: Alejandro G. Inarritu (Birdman), Angelina Jolie (Unbroken), David Fincher (Gone Girl), Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), Richard Linklater (Boyhood).
Best Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Michael Keaton (Birdman), Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), Timothy Spall (Mr. Turner).
Best Actress: Amy Adams (Big Eyes), Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything), Julianne Moore (Maps to the Stars), Reese Witherspoon (Wild), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl).
Best Supporting Actor: Bill Nighy (Pride), Edward Norton (Birdman), Ethan Hawke (Boyhood), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher).
Best Supporting Actress: Emma Stone (Birdman), Imelda Staunton (Pride), Keira Knigtley (The Imitation Game), Laura Dern (Wild), Patricia Arquette (Boyhood).
EE Rising Star: Ben Schnetzer (Pride/The Riot Club), Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Gugu Mbatha-Raw (Belle), Jack O’Connell (Starred Up/’71/Unbroken).