As so often happens during the weeks leading up to the Oscars, the acting categories have turned into a slam-dunk: If anyone other than Eddie Redmayne, Julianne Moore, J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette wins an acting Oscar this year, it’ll be labelled an upset. Yawn. However . . . the other big awards (best picture, director, screenplay) are very much up in the air, as this weekend’s news indicates. Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu won the Directors Guild Award on Saturday for “Birdman” — an award that, quite often, matches up with the Academy’s choice. Meanwhile, overseas at the BAFTAs (that’s the British version of the Academy, essentially), “Boyhood” and Richard Linklater took home the trophies for best picture and best director, while Wes Anderson won the original screenplay award for “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” So things are getting a little more interesting.
The BAFTAs are always a good time; here’s host Stephen Fry’s opening speech. He’s delightfully erudite as always (but note that he gets Patricia Arquette’s name wrong; no, that’s not Rosanna).