Last Sunday's British Academy Film Awards, better known as the Baftas, were a key point in this year's Oscar calendar, shifting everything into high gear for the final stretch until the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood on Sunday 22nd February. 

Stephen Fry at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) rehearsal
Stephen Fry at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) rehearsal

The biggest news coming from London was that 'Boyhood' managed to regain some of its momentum by taking Best Film, Director and Supporting Actress for Patricia Arquette. The top categories had been thrown into question when 'Birdman' won the Producers, Directors and Screen Actors Guild awards last month. And this still leaves this year's Best Picture Oscar race one of the hardest to predict in recent memory.

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The Baftas also cemented frontrunner Julianne Moore for Best Actress and both Arquette and J.K. Simmons for the supporting awards, while giving another boost to Eddie Redmayne's chances of taking home the Best Actor Oscar. Less predictable is Best Director, which seems to be a toss-up between Richard Linklater for 'Boyhood' and Alejandro Inarritu for 'Birdman'. And the screenplay categories are anyone's guess. Baftas went to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' (original) and 'The Theory of Everything' (adapted), but the nominees for this weekend's Writers Guild awards are strikingly different from Oscar's.

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Thankfully, the British Academy had a chance to honour a few winners the Americans have ignored, including giving Best Animated Feature to 'The Lego Movie', which wasn't even nominated for the Oscar.

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All of this gives pundits two more weeks of conjecture, and betting firms two more weeks of odds-setting before the biggest night in the cinema calendar.