Baftas 2015 predictions: Birdman to win Best Film and Eddie Redmayne is set to beat Benedict Cumberbatch

The Independent's film writer gives his expert tip-offs

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While Birdman and Boyhood are the most likely contenders to battle it out for Best Film, there are some more certain predictions ahead of this year’s Baftas.

JK Simmons looks to be in no doubt of winning Best Supporting Actor for his role in jazz thriller Whiplash, having already won at the Golden Globes and the Screen Actors Guild Awards.

The Lego Movie may have been snubbed from the Oscars, but it will most likely win at the Baftas as the biggest animation box office hit.

Eddie Redmayne looks set to pit Benedict Cumberbatch to the post in the British biopic battle, but The Imitation Game should still fare well elsewhere.

Bafta Predictions

Best Film - Birdman

Outstanding British Film - Imitation Game (It should be Paddington)

Leading Actor - Eddie Redmayne for The Theory of Everything

Leading Actress - Julianne Moore for Still Alice

Film Supporting Actor - JK Simmons for Whiplash

Supporting Actress - Patricia Arquette for Boyhood

Film Director - Richard Linklater for Boyhood

Original Screenplay - Wes Anderson for The Grand Budapest Hotel

Adapted Screenplay - Graham Moore  for The Imitation Game

Animated Film - The Lego Movie


Film Editing - Birdman

Cinematography - Emmanuel Lubezki for Birdman (3rd time he would have won award)

Original Music - Mica Levi for Under the Skin

Film Production Design - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Make Up and Hair – The Grand Budapest Hotel

Costume Design - The Grand Budapest Hotel

Outstanding debut by a Brit - Hong Khaou for Lilting

Film Documentary - Citizen Four

EE Rising Star - Miles Teller

Film Sound - Birdman 

Special Effects - The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies

Film not in the English Language - Ida to surprisingly oust Leviathan

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