Boyhood wins Best Film and Best Director for 2015 BAFTA

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The 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards — known by many as the British Oscars — has concluded in London honoring outstanding performances in film and documentary screenings at British cinemas last year. Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor award for his performance in “The Theory of Everything.” CCTV’s Zhang Lan reported this story from London.

Boyhood wins Best Film and Best Director for 2015 BAFTA

Boyhood wins Best Film and Best Director for 2015 BAFTA

The 2015 British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards -- known by many as the British Oscars -- has concluded in London honoring outstanding performances in film and documentary screenings at British cinemas last year. Eddie Redmayne received the Best Actor award for his performance in "The Theory of Everything." CCTV's Zhang Lan reported this story from London.

This year’s BAFTA nominations came from a broad range of countries and represent the best in film. Redmayne’s portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” was heralded — The film was also named Outstanding British Film and Adapted Screenplay. He dedicated the award to his family, the cast and crew, and Hawking’s family.

“He has been incredibly kind to me. We spend a few of hours a week before filming,” Redmayne said.

Boyhood won Best Film and Best Director for the absent Richard Linklater, and best supporting actress for Patricia Arquette.

The film, portraying in real time a boy growing up from age six to 18, has struck a chord with almost everyone who has seen it. Accepting the BAFTA, Arquette said Linklater had made a film like no other.

“It’s such a personal movie for all of us. It’s a movie about human beings. I have never been in a movie where people called me and said I called my mom and apologize,” Arquette said.

Wes Anderson’s comedy, “The Grand Budapest Hotel” won the most awards in the night, a total of five including: Costume Design, Production Design, Make-up, and Original Music, with Anderson winning his first BAFTA for Original Screenplay.

If there was one surprise tonight, it’s that the World War II drama, “The Imitation Game”, with Benedict Cumberbatch as codebreaker Alan Turing, won nothing despite nine nominations.

There weren’t any Chinese movies nominated at this year’s BAFTA, but the academy expects a variety of Chinese films to come to the U.K.

“I’m very keen to be able to see more Chinese films,” Chief Executive of BAFTA Amanda Sonia Berry said.