BAFTA Nominations 2015: What You Need to Know
This year's contenders will be unveiled early Friday morning in the U.K. or late Thursday night in L.A.
BAFTA, otherwise known as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, will unveil the nominations for its annual awards early on Friday U.K. time or late Thursday night L.A. time.
Considered the most prestigious film industry awards outside the U.S., the BAFTAs have in recent years aligned themselves closely with the Oscars, since moving to a February slot in 2001 after a decade languishing in relative Hollywood obscurity with a show date after the Academy Awards. Many of the 250 U.K.-based AMPAS members also are among BAFTAs’ 6,500 members.
The nominations are due to be announced starting at around 7:37 a.m. London time on Friday or 11:37 p.m. Thursday in L.A. All the nominees should be known within minutes.
Stephen Fry, who is hosting the BAFTA awards ceremony on Feb. 8, will be reading out the names of nominees alongside Hunger Games actor Sam Claflin. The Hollywood Reporter website will have a livestream of the announcement.
Analysts stateside will undoubtedly be keeping a keen eye on the results. For the past five years, the BAFTAs have successfully predicted the best picture winner at the Oscars — that’s three more times than the Golden Globes. However, the BAFTAs’ forecasting power hasn’t been quite so strong in other categories. Last year, for instance, Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto didn’t even get BAFTA nominations.
The BAFTA awards categories, which barring a couple of entries largely mirror those of the Academy, include:
Best leading actor
Best leading actress
Best supporting actor
Best supporting actress
Best adapted screenplay
Best original screenplay
Best film not in the English language
Best animated film
Best makeup and hair
Best costume design
Best production design
Best special visual effects
Best short film
Best short animation
Outstanding British film
Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Academy Fellowship award
Rising star award (voted for by the public)