With BAFTA nods in, 'Budapest Hotel' stock rising while 'Selma' is blanked

January 9, 2015 5:47 PM

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominations have been released and with them perhaps the best look at how the Oscars will shake out. Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel" was a bit of a dark horse come awards season as it had such an early release date in March yet it is tirelessly winning over voters as it leads the nominations with eleven. A favorite of the auteurs of voting academies, "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" unsurprisingly follows close behind with a solid 10 nods. The two most nominated British films to make a push are "The Theory of Everything" with 10 as well as "The Imitation Game" with nine. Most surprisingly of all though is the Oscar-bait "Selma" is totally blanked at the awards.

The BAFTAs have a legacy of, if not outright influencing academy voters, at the very least closely mirroring their results so this speaks well for the finally critically appreciated Anderson. "Boyhood" also continues to throw its hat into the ring as it rounds out the five nominated films for Best F...

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