'The Grand Budapest Hotel' Leads the 2015 BAFTA Nominees
By Stacy Lambe
Ahead of the 72nd annual Golden Globes, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced the nominees for the 68th British Academy Film Awards (a.k.a. the BAFTAs) on Friday morning. Leading the pack is The Grand Budapest Hotel with 11 nominations.
The recognition for Wes Anderson’s comedy comes as a surprise since the film has only managed to pick up a handful of nominations in the U.S., including Best Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy and Best Director at the Golden Globes, which airs live on Sunday, Jan. 11.
Like the Academy Awards, the BAFTAs honor cinematography, costume design, editing, production design, and sound -- many of the additional awards The Grand Budapest Hotel is up for at this year’s ceremony.
In an announcement made by the recently engaged Stephen Fry and Hunger Games star, Sam Claflin, it was also revealed Ralph Fiennes is up for Best Actor in a Leading Role marking just one of a few changes to the major acting nominations that has heard Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, and Reese Witherspoon’s names read aloud for the Golden Globes and SAG Awards, among other awards.