Magazine article Screen International

BAFTAs 2015: Grand Budapest Hotel Leads with 11 Nominations

Magazine article Screen International

BAFTAs 2015: Grand Budapest Hotel Leads with 11 Nominations

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Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has checked in the most nominations for the British Academy Film Awards, just edging favourites The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game.

The fantastical farce received 11 BAFTA nominations including Best Film, Director and Original Screenplay for Anderson.

Ralph Fiennes, who plays flamboyant hotel concierge Monsieur Gustave H in the comedy, said of his nomination: "I'm delighted of course, merci Madame Bafta. Dom Perignon all around for guests and staff at The Grand Budapest Hotel. And a free sample of Eau de Panache too darling."

It is nearly a year since the film received its world premiere as the opening film of the Berlin International Film Festival, where it won a Silver Bear.

There was little surprise in the raft of nominations for British favourites The Theory of Everything and The Imitation Game.

Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory of Everything scored ten nominations for Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director for James Marsh, Adapted Screenplay, Original Music, Editing, Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

Eddie Redmayne is nominated for Leading Actor, whilst Felicity Jones receives a nomination for Leading Actress.

Redmayne said: "I am so proud to be a part of this film. It was a great privilege to get to play such an extraordinary man and to be recognised by Bafta means the world. I will be having a glass or three of something to celebrate."

The Imitation Game, a biopic of Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing, was nominated in Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Editing, Production Design, Costume Design and Sound.

Benedict Cumberbatch is nominated for Leading Actor and Keira Knightley is nominated for Supporting Actress. Announcing Cumberbatch's nod, nominations co-host Stephen Fry jokingly exclaimed: "No!," in mock surprise.

Cumberbatch said: "I am really thrilled and honoured not only to be considered worthy to keep the company of my fellow nominees and their exceptional work of inspiring brilliance but also to have been nominated by the members of Bafta who are the men and women who make our film industry the envy of the world.

"I'm bursting with pride for myself Keira, Graham and the film. …

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