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'Happy Valley' Takes Home Best Drama At The 2017 TV BAFTAs


BAFTA Sarah Lancashire

The 2017 BAFTA Television awards took place over the weekend and saw crime drama 'Happy Valley' unsurprisingly win the coveted Best Drama Series prize. More winners for the Virgin TV sponsored awards show included 'Planet Earth II' and 'Damilola, Our Loved Boy'.

Sarah Lancashire wins an award at the TV BAFTAsSarah Lancashire wins an award at the TV BAFTAs

'Happy Valley' was up against 'The Durrells', 'War & Peace' and 'The Crown' for the top prize, the latter of which didn't take home any awards despite being nominated for five awards in four categories. Meanwhile, 'Happy Valley' also saw protagonist Sarah Lancashire win Best Leading Actress.

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Mel Brooks in the press room at the 70th EE British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks

Nicole Kidman in the press room at the 70th EE British Academy Of Film And Television Arts Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman

Tom Holland in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2017 (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Tom Holland
Tom Holland
Tom Holland
Tom Holland

Amelia Warner and Jamie Dornan at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Amelia Warner and Jamie Dornan
Amelia Warner and Jamie Dornan

Mel Brooks at the 2017 EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall - London, United Kingdom - Sunday 12th February 2017

Mel Brooks
Mel Brooks

Alan Rickman Shares 'Harry Potter' And 'Die Hard' Secrets At BAFTA's Life In Pictures Career Celebration


Alan Rickman BAFTA

The career of Alan Rickman was celebrated on Wednesday evening, as the 69 year old was the subject of latest in BAFTA’s Life in Pictures series. Charming the audience with tales from his storied career, Rickman spoke about some of his most famous roles including Severus Snape in the Harry Potter series and villain Hans Gruber in Die Hard.

Alan RickmanRickman looked back on his career during the BAFTA event.

Rickman began his film career a little later than most in 1988, when he was in his 40s. Looking back on his late start in films Rickman told the audience, “To be perfectly honest, having a film career is a bit of a surprise.”

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BAFTA TV Nominations Announced! The Missing Gets The Most Nods For 2015


BAFTA Benedict Cumberbatch Toby Jones James Nesbitt Jason Watkins Keeley Hawes Sarah Lancashire Sheridan Smith Ant and Dec

The BAFTA Television Award nominations for 2015 have finally been announced, including the usual entertainment favourites, some easily predictable names and a few surprises along the way that represent the very best of British television.

James Nesbitt at BBC Broadcasting House
James Nesbitt's 'The Missing' leads the nominations

We're never tired of hearing his name at awards ceremonies; 'Sherlock' star Benedict Cumberbatch is once again nominated for his exceptional performance as the modern-day sleuth on a show that the public has also put up to receive the Radio Times Audience Award. More Leading Actor nominations feature Toby Jones in 'Marvellous', which is also in the Single Drama category and Best Supporting Actress with Gemma Jones. 

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BAFTA Advances Awards Season Into The Final Stretch


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Last Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, better known as the Baftas, were a key point in this year's Oscar calendar, shifting everything into high gear for the final stretch until the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood on Sunday 22nd February. 

Stephen Fry at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) rehearsal
Stephen Fry at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) rehearsal

The biggest news coming from London was that 'Boyhood' managed to regain some of its momentum by taking Best Film, Director and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The top categories had been thrown into question when 'Birdman' won the Producers, Directors and Screen Actors Guild awards last month. And this still leaves this year's Best Picture Oscar race one of the hardest to predict in recent memory.

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Eddie Redmayne Beats Cumberbatch And Fiennes To Best Actor Prize At 2015 BAFTAs


Eddie Redmayne BAFTA Stephen Hawking Benedict Cumberbatch Jake Gyllenhaal Michael Keaton Ralph Fiennes

Not that we couldn't have guessed it, but 'The Theory Of Everything' star Eddie Redmayne has landed the accolade for Best Actor at the 2015 BAFTA Awards, beating the likes of fellow Brits Benedict Cumberbatch and Ralph Fiennes.

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in 'The Theory Of Everything'
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones in 'The Theory Of Everything'

The win marks his first BAFTA win in his career, having previously been nominated for their Rising Star Award in 2012. Stephen Hawking movie 'The Theory Of Everything' won the actor a Golden Globe as well this year, with the next step being the ever prestigious Oscars - for which we have every confidence in Redmayne, despite again facing some serious competition.

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Bafta Is Perhaps The Best Predictor Of Oscar Night


BAFTA Michael Keaton Eddie Redmayne

For the last six years, a shift in the voting patterns at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has offered a striking prediction of what will happen on Oscar night.

The 2015 BAFTA's will take place on 8th February, 2015
The 2015 BAFTA's will take place on 8th February, 2015

The British Academy Film Awards last year predicted the split between Best Picture '12 Years a Slave' and Best Director Alfonso Cuaron for 'Gravity'. In 2013 the Bafta went to 'Argo' in a closely fought race, while also predicting Christoph Waltz's second Supporting Actor Oscar for 'Django Unchained' in what was considered an open field of previous winners.

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Benedict Cumberbatch Vs. Eddie Redmayne: The Battle Of The BAFTAs


Benedict Cumberbatch Eddie Redmayne BAFTA

Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne go head to head at this years BAFTAS with 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' leading nominations with thirteen categories between their respective flicks.

Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and JK Simmons at Palm Springs Film Festival
[L-R] Eddie Redmayne, Benedict Cumberbatch and JK Simmons at Palm Springs Film Festival (Credit: Michael Buckner at Getty Images Entertainment)

Cumberbatch and Redmayne themselves have both been selected as nominees for the Best Actor category, while 'The Imitation Game' and 'The Theory Of Everything' are also up for Best Film, Outstanding British film, Best Adapted screenplay, Best Costume design and Best Editing. Redmayne's Stephen Hawking biopic is additionally up for Best Director, Make-up and hair and Music, while Cumberbatch's take on Alan Turing's story is looking at awards for Production design and Sound.

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BAFTA's Red Carpet: Best And Worst Dressed On The Night [Pictures]


BAFTA Angelina Jolie

Awards season is when we get to judge not only the acting performances of our favourite Hollywood stars but also their wardrobe choices. The BAFTA’s is always the best place to make a pre-Oscar’s fashion splash, so with that in mind here’s the best and worst of last night’s red carpet dresses.

Lupita Nyong'o, star of 12 Years A SlaveLupita Nyong'o, star of '12 Years A Slave'

The best:

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From 'Gravity' To Barkhad Abdi - Where The Baftas 2014 Got It Wrong


Chiwetel Ejiofor Steve McQueen Lupita Nyong'o Alfonso Cuaron Sandra Bullock BAFTA Academy Of Motion Pictures And Sciences

The Baftas delivered on certain promises, collating some of the world’s biggest stars and funneling them down a red carpet, giving a select few the chance to present an award, and, creating talking points as the perennial battle between who should have won and who did win continued to flare.

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael FassbenderChiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave

Gravity was the night’s big success story as it was when it debuted at Venice all those months ago. The case for the film’s British credentials were never in doubt – BAFTA awards home soil movies and, given that the space thriller’s special effects were delivered by a British team in England, Gravity’s passport is a U.K one.

But that doesn’t necessarily mean the coveted Best Director nod should have gone Alfonso Cuaron’s way. Despite the pure, exhilarating brand of entertainment delivered – almost old-school Hollywood – it’s hard to look past Steve McQueen for his work on 12 Years a Slave when looking for someone more deserved of individual recognition.

Yes, 12 Years reeled in two magnificent awards: that of Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Best Film. Despite these high-profile gongs, though, there were other categories in which the slave drama missed out on, and almost certainly didn’t deserve to.

The supporting actor categories leap out as key pieces of evidence in the case of 12 Years a Slave. Barkhad Abdhi’s ascension this past 12 months has been a joy to watch, and his performance in Captain Phillips was touching and terrifying in equal measure. But he wasn’t better than Michael Fassbender as Edwin Epps – the evil plantation owner with a scary infatuation with Patsy, played majestically by Lupita Nyong’o.

And, like a seasoned radio professional, that neat segway leads me on to the Best Supporting Actress win for Jennifer Lawrence, which was – despite her current popularity and GIF-worthyness – a ridiculous decision. To put her role in American Hustle above Nyong’o’s in 12 Years was a travesty; to put it above newcomer Nyong’o and Sally Hawkins’ turn in Blue Jasmine is nothing short of wrong.

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The Baftas 2014: Predicting Best Film, Best Actor, Best Director And Best Supporting Categories


Chiwetel Ejiofor Jennifer Lawrence Tom Hanks Steve McQueen Michael Fassbender Amy Adams Judi Dench BAFTA

Award season has been grumbling away like Smaug inside Erebor for the last few months; but dragon is slowly awakening. Since the Gotham awards last year, the perennial question of ‘who’ll win what?’ has echoed around the Internet, and the recently announced BAFTA nominations promise to shed some light on the eventual academy recipients.

GravityGravity is leading the way with 11 Bafta nominations

With that in mind, and with some tightly contested categories to work through, it’s time to start predicting who’ll take home the golden masks, before we start predicting who’ll take home the golden statuettes, you see.

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