BAFTAS 2015 – the facts!

iStock_000016848448SmallThis weekend sees the 68th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Opera House in London, to honour the best British and international contributions to film in 2014. Read on for some interesting facts about the films with the most nominations:

Film: The Grand Budapest Hotel

Nominations: 11

Fact: Ralph Fiennes plays Gustave H, a hotel concierge on a quest to prove his innocence after he is framed for murder. Johnny Depp was originally cast as the leading role but had to drop out due to schedule clashes with his movie Transcendence.

Film: Birdman

Nominations: 10

Fact: This American black comedy film stars Michael Keaton playing a washed up Hollywood actor – famous for his portrayal of one superhero role – struggling to revive his career on Broadway. The entire film took just 30 days to shoot and just two weeks to edit.

Film: The Imitation Game

Nominations: 10

Fact: British cryptanalyst Alan Turing – played by Benedict Cumberbatch – helped solved the Enigma Code during the Second World War. Although never mentioned in the movie, Alan Turing was also a world-class distance runner with a personal marathon time of 2:46:03.

Film: The Theory of Everything

Nominations: 10

Fact: This heart-wrenching story of genius Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne) and his first wife Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones), is adapted from the memoir, Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen, by Jane Hawking. Like Stephen Hawking, Eddie Redmayne also attended The University of Cambridge.

Film: Boyhood

Nominations: 5

Fact: Boyhood was shot intermittently over the course of a 12-year period, from 2002 to 2014, and depicts the adolescence of a young boy in Texas growing up with divorced parents.

Film: Whiplash

Nominations: 5

Fact: A promising young jazz drummer – played by Miles Teller – enrolls at a cutthroat music conservatory where his dreams of greatness are mentored by an instructor who will stop at nothing to realise his student’s potential. Despite Miles Teller being a real-life drummer with band The Mutes, when it came to the film, he found jazz drumming altogether different. Teller practised three to four hours a day for two months, repeatedly watching footage of his character’s heroes, Jo Jones and Buddy Rich until he reached perfection.

Film: Mr Turner

Nominations: 4

Fact: Mike Leigh’s film, which explores the life of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner, was leaked by the hacker group Guardians of Peace on to peer-to-peer file sharing websites over three weeks ahead of its intended public release. Within three days of the initial leak, Mr Turner had been downloaded by an estimated 63,379 unique IPs.

Film: Nightcrawler

Nominations: 4

Fact: Nightcrawler tells the story of Lou Bloom – played by Jake Gyllenhaal – a driven man desperate for work, who, after muscling into the world of L.A. crime journalism, blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. The film has received critical acclaim, not only for Gyllenhaal’s performance but also for its gleaming widescreen cinematography, which makes the most of the vast L.A. vistas, affording the film a genuine sense of place.

Film: Interstellar

Nominations: 4

Fact: This science fiction film, directed by Christopher Nolan, features a crew of astronauts who travel through a wormhole in search of a new home for humanity. Nolan, who is known to keep details of his productions secret, went to extreme lengths to guard the script to Interstellar. One security measure included it being filmed under the name Flora’s Letter, Flora being one of Nolan’s four children with producer Emma Thomas.








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