Awards Season

Stephen Fry's comments about Jenny Beavan caused BAFTA controversy. (Photo: British Academy Film Awards)

BAFTA Film Awards 2016 – Winners and Highlights

Another British Academy Film Awards ceremony is in the books. From frigid conditions on the Red Carpet to the able and familiar hosting skills of Stephen Fry, by all accounts the star-studded presentation of golden masks went off pretty much as usual.

Right now is the time I should probably admit that I did not, in fact, watch the actual broadcast. (One of the few reasons I regret giving up my BBC America subscription.) However, I feel confident that my scanning of social media and YouTube has given me enough to go on to write this recap of Sunday night’s  events at London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Alan Turing Biopic ‘The Imitation Game’ Wins Audience Award at TIFF

The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival wrapped up over the weekend, after having premiered many highly anticipated films, hosted countless press interviews and red carpets, and handed out several high profile trophies, in a prelude to the true awards season frenzy later this year.

One of the big winners to emerge from Toronto? A very British film about a very British hero, featuring a very British cast. Highly anticipated biopic The Imitation Game, which tells the story of British codebreaker, genius and hero Alan Turing, with the festival's prestigious Grolsch People's Choice Award for 2014. This honor is bestowed by festival audience members, who vote by dropping a ticket into a ballot box after the screening has concluded, to indicate that they liked a film. Apparently they liked Imitation Game quite a bit.

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Adorably Tipsy Awards Acceptance Speech Will Make Your Day

Everyone who enjoys quality television rejoiced when Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (finally) took an Emmy home for Outstanding Actor in a Miniseries/TV Movie last month. And everyone who loves Cumberbach was emotionally gutted when it was revealed that the actor wasn’t present at the ceremony to pick up his statue due to filming commitments, thereby depriving all of us what was sure to have been a truly memorable acceptance speech.

Luckily, Cumberbatch is an actor who seems to pop up at awards shows with somewhat startling frequency, and fans didn’t have to wait too long for the acceptance speech they were so cruelly denied. The star was named “Actor of the Year” at the recent British GQ Men of the Year Awards, a doubtlessly worthy honor given that it seems as though he’s involved with practically every movie released these days.

And, true to earlier prediction, he did in fact give an acceptance speech for the ages, rambling and swearing his way through thanking GQ for the honor of victory. He also namechecks James McAvoy, Tom Hardy and Michael Fassbender, pokes fun at his own rather posh way of speaking and admits he’s may have imbibed a bit too much before his name was called.

Meet the 2014 BAFTA Nominees for the British Film of the Year – What Makes These Films Qualify?

Award season 2014 is in full swing and new nominations seem to be announced nearly every day. So far we’ve heard pronouncements from the Golden Globes, SAG awards, Critics Choice, and Independent Spirit…all leading to the Holy Grail of statuettes, the Oscar.

BAFTA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, has also announced its film nominations for the year just gone by and it’s a very international hodgepodge indeed. While Hollywood is still the Mecca of all things show business, the multi-national trend of moviemaking continues to gain momentum. Determining the actual country of origin of any given film is an increasingly complicated task. BAFTA and the British Film Institute have their own convoluted guidelines, including a culture test, which determine a movie’s Britishness. Let’s take a closer look at the BAFTA category of Outstanding British Film of the Year to discover what it takes to qualify.