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Summary

  1. The Grand Budapest Hotel leads Bafta Film nominations
  2. The Theory Of Everything also listed in all four main categories
  3. Years and Years win BBC Sound Of 2015

Live Reporting

By Genevieve Hassan, Keily Smith and Mark Savage

All times stated are UK

Get involved

That's all folks!

Well, it's been a news-packed day with lots of Bafta activity going on. We'll have to wait until the 8 February to see who takes home the trophies.

Come back to join us on Sunday night where we'll be bringing you live coverage of the Golden Globes from around 23:45 GMT including all the red carpet glamour and acceptance speeches.

Beckham musical cast

Bend It Like Beckham the Musical
Presser

BBC talent show Over The Rainbow finalist Lauren Samuels has been cast in the

Bend It Like Beckham West End musical. She will play the role made famous by Keira Knightley in the 2002 film.

Camelot and Twilight star Jamie Campbell Bower will make his West End debut as football coach Joe, and theatre actress Natalie Dew will lead the cast as footie mad Jess.

Comedian Ronni Ancona and former EastEnders actress Preeya Kalidas will also appear.

Elbow squeaks

Elbow's Guy Garvey has tweeted his first attempt at performing their third single Newborn for - what he says - eight years.

"I Sound like Sid James!" he said.

Have a look at the Vine.

The Voice returns

The Voice judges
PA

The Voice is set to return to BBC One tomorrow night, with Rita Ora joining will.i.am, Tom Jones and Ricky Wilson in the big red swivel chairs.

Here is

a sneak peek of what you can expect from the first episode, along with a snippet of the
coaches performing Republica's Ready to Go.

Keep an eye out too tomorrow for our feature on the show - we're onto series four now, yet it still hasn't produced a mainstream successful artist. We'll catch up with the coaches (not judges, remember) alongside last year's winner Jermain Jackman who tells us his plan is "working hard in silence and letting your success make the noise".

BreakingBreaking News

Lance Percival dies

Lance Percival
BBC

Actor Lance Percival, known for his roles in the Carry On Cruising, Up Pompeii and That Was The Week That Was, has died aged 81.

The British star also provided the voices of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr in a cartoon series about The Beatles, and later voiced the character Old Fred in Yellow Submarine.

His death was announced by his family

in the Telegraph.

Felicity, The Archers star

BBC Radio 4 Today

Felicity Jones also

spoke to BBC Radio 4's Today programme after she was nominated for her best actress Bafta.

It will already be well known to The Archers fans, but for everyone else, the star spent 10 years on Radio 4's rural soap - joining the show when she was just 15. Here she is back then...

Felicity Jones
BBC

The actress said she had a "fantastic time" on the show, which she had to juggle with school and, later, studying at Oxford University.

"I would be up late writing essays and then on the train in the morning to Birmingham to record a sheep birthing scene," she said.

She told Today she thought a big screen version of The Archers was a "fantastic suggestion", and that Meryl Streep could play Ruth.

LostProphets drummer quits

- BBC Newsbeat

Drummer Luke Johnson has quit No Devotion, the band formed by the remaining members of LostProphets after singer Ian Watkins was found guilty of child sex abuse.

Game of Thrones return

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones
AP

Game of Thrones fans rejoice! The fifth series of the show will be screened in the UK from 13 April.

Episodes will be shown

on Sky Atlantic the day after they're aired in the US, so you won't have to avoid social media for too long.

Asterix est Charlie

Asterix
Uderzo

French cartoonist Albert Uderzo is the latest illustator to express his solidarity with the victims of the attack on Charlie Hebdo.

The co-creator of the Asterix series drew a new image of his Gallic hero, with a fresh take on the "Je Suis Charlie" quote.

"Charlie and Asterix have nothing to do with each other obviously," the 87-year-old was quoted as saying in

Le Figaro.

"I simply want to express my affection for those designers who have paid with their lives."

Fry on Charlie Hebdo

Stephen Fry told us earlier that he is going to Paris later today to take part in a march on Sunday following the tragic events in Paris.

"I'm going just as an act of solidarity really, it's a meaningless act I know but it's the best I can do," he said.

"I wouldn't normally use such language, but for me the act was a blasphemy about everything I hold sacred - not that I would ever use that word normally. It's a sacrilegious thing to attack free speech in the world of the enlightenment. Of course we don't use words like sin, holy, blasphemy and sacrilege, but they are the equivalent for us. They're the deepest offence imaginable to kill to try to suppress free speech.

"Some people say [the cartoons] aren't very good - they're a bit vulgar - yes they may well be, but that's not the point. You have to understand that the real importance of this - it is fundamental to everything we are.

"Certain values must be protected. I've had my quarrels with journalism in the past and Britain has had a very loud debate with itself about the values of journalistic ethics of its main newspapers and so on. But all of that falls apart when compared to this horror that's been perpetrated at the Charlie Hebdo offices.

"We must take it as a rallying point."

Banksy mystery

BBC Radio 5 live

Ben and his Banksy
BBC

A schoolboy is waiting to hear whether a picture he was given by a stranger is a Banksy original.

Ben Azarya, 14, was on a train in Cumbria when he helped a stranger pick up his paints after they fell out of his bag.

Ben told 5 live: "He dropped a few of his paints. After I helped pick them up, he pulled out a piece of paper and he said 'do you know who Robin Banks is?'

"I said no, then he signed the paper Banksy in some weird symbols. He was like 'this is worth 20 grand, have a good life brother.'"

Sia apology

Billboard Magazine

Elastic Heart video
YouTube / Sia

Pop star Sia has apologised to people who were offended by her new music video,

Billboard magazine reports.

The video stars actor Shia LeBeouf

who dances shirtless, alongside precociously talented 12-year-old Maddie Ziegler.

Some commentators claimed the video "smacks of child molestation".

Writing on Twitter, Sia said she was sorry to anyone who felt "triggered" by the clip.

"My intention was to create some emotional content, not to upset anybody."

Poorly paid directors

The Gielgud Theatre - which was not named in the report
BBC

Half of the theatre directors working in the UK earn less than £5,000 a year, according to a report

published in The Stage.

The research, carried out by industry body Stage Directors UK, suggests the average salary of a director is £10,759 - far below the average national wage of £26,500.

However, some of the venues involved have

disputed the figures.

Viewing figures

Celebrity Big Brother continued to draw strong audiences for Channel 5 on Thursday, with 2.6 million tuning in to the latest instalment, overnight figures suggest.

However, the figure was down half a million from the previous night's launch episode.

Yesterday's most-watched show was EastEnders, with seven million viewers. The return of Death In Paradise also fared well, attracting 6.9 million people.

Overnight news

Some news which occurred overnight in case you missed it:

Jaycee Chan
AFP
  • Jackie Chan's son, Jaycee Chan, has been
    jailed for six months after pleading guilty to "sheltering others to use drugs".
  • Bill Cosby was
    heckled during a show in London, Ontario, by a man who shouted: "You are a rapist."
  • Australian actor Rod Taylor, who starred in Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The Birds,
    has died aged 84.

Bafta reaction

More nominees have given their reaction to their Bafta nods.

James Marsh - director, The Theory of Everything

"For a British film-maker with a film that engages with the lives of British characters who have lived such extraordinary and exemplary lives, the nominations from Bafta are one of the most thrilling and valuable honours I could hope for. So it's a great day for me and for the film and all the many people who worked with me on it."

Anthony McCarten - screenwriter, The Theory of Everything

"My thanks to Bafta, to the team who helped make this film, and again and again to Jane and Stephen for their trust and living example. Humanity may be the stuff of stardust and atomic waste but it would count for little without the power of human reason and of love."

Harvey Weinstein - producer, The Imitation Game and Big Eyes

On The Imitation Game:

"I am thrilled and so thankful for all of the support for The Imitation Game. It's been an honour to work with this tremendously talented cast in bringing Alan Turing's story, which is not widely known outside of the UK, to audiences around the world. He was a hero, an innovator and a pioneer. The film was made on just $14m and I am so happy that all the hard work and passion for the film has come together and been recognised by so many."

On Big Eyes:

"I am honoured and grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Tim Burton, Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz on Big Eyes. It was an extraordinary moment and I am so thrilled for the amazing cast and team who helped to bring the story behind Margaret Keane's art work to light and give her the recognition she deserved for so many years."

Wes Anderson, Steven Rales, Scott Rudin, Jeremy Dawson - producers, The Grand Budapest Hotel

"We are all four of us thrilled, honoured, humbled, elated - and deeply grateful to the British Academy for this recognition of our movie."

Frankie quits Strictly

Frankie and Kevin on Strictly
BBC

Saturdays star Frankie Bridge has pulled out of the Strictly Come Dancing live tour after announcing she is pregnant with her second child.

"So excited to tell you that Wayne & I are expecting another baby later this year,"

she tweeted her fans.

"Sadly I'm really unwell with my pregnancy and won't be able to take part in the Strictly tour. I'm SO sorry. I was so looking forward to it."

Bafta reaction

Russell Tovey, who makes a cameo in Pride,

tweets: "Woken up to see @PrideMovieUK is @BAFTA nominated... It's gonna be a good day! :-) x"

Bafta reaction

Bryson tweets: "It annoys me when they can't differentiate between good performances in bad films. Theory of Everything a case in point."

Bafta reaction

The Guardian

Peter Bradshaw comments the lack of recognition for Mr Turner and Martin Luther King biopic Selma "leave a strange taste".

He concludes: "It is Cumberbatch and Redmayne who are cantering ahead of everyone else - so far - in this year's Bafta field, with [Rosamund] Pike alongside them. But perhaps [JK] Simmons's bullish shaven-headed jazz supremo will join them in the winner's enclosure or perhaps everyone will be crowded out by the exotic exquisites of The Grand Budapest Hotel. It's a very open race - but very sad not to see Mr Turner there."

Bafta reaction

Jonathan Hughes tweets: "20 actors nominated for main acting awards at #BAFTA2015. Not one of them an actor of colour. Seriously white affair @WritersofColour"

'Bafta eccentricities'

The Hollywood Reporter

In his

reaction piece Scott Feinberg put some of the more unexpected Bafta choices down to British eccentricity, citing last year's "bizarre decisions" not to nominate either Matthew McConaughey or Jared Leto - who both went on to win Oscars.

But he notes: "One thing that Bafta nominations can be helpful at doing is alerting us to films and people whose Oscar prospects we may be underestimating."

"I would make a mental-note that Nightcrawler's Rene Russo joined her co-star Jake Gyllenhaal among the nominees, claiming a spot many expected would go to Into the Woods' Meryl Streep," writes Feinberg.

He also hails Bafta's decision to give Whiplash's Damien Chazelle a best director citation - "people just love this movie and cannot get over the fact that it was made a by a guy who is only 29".

Bafta reaction

The Grand Budapest Hotel
Presser

The Grand Budapest Hotel's Ralph Fiennes told us: "I'm delighted of course, merci Madame Bafta. Dom Perignon all around for guests and staff at The Grand Budapest Hotel. And a free sample of Eau de Panache too darling."

More from Redmayne

Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch
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The actor told us there was no rivalry between him and fellow nominee Benedict Cumberbatch: "There is none. He's an old friend - we've known each other for about 10 years now. He is the most magnificent actor. I've seen Imitation Game and he is brilliant in it."

Baftas - Get involved

Tweet @BBCNewsEnts

Briar Kit Esme tweets: "Charlie Cox should have been nominated alongside Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. TOE has 3 outstanding performances."

Foreign Trash

For those of you wondering how Stephen Daldry's latest film Trash qualifies in the films not in the English Language category...

Hailed as "Brazil's answer to Slumdog Millionaire", Trash was co-produced with Fernando Meirelles' O2 Filmes in Brazil, where it was filmed and premiered. Brazilian stars Wagner Moura and Selton Mello feature alongside Martin Sheen and Rooney Mara, with principal roles going to three local children and much of the dialogue being in Portuguese.

Last autumn, Trash screenwriter Richard Curtis told the Cheltenham Literature Festival: "I've written a film in Portuguese," but added "it was a straight translation".

Nominees in pictures

Bafta have provided a handy pictorial guide to the nominees which they've

been tweeting.

Here are the big four categories:

Bafta nominees
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Bafta reaction

Dawn King, writer of short film The Karmen Line starring Olivia Colman,

tweets: "Woke up to a BAFTA nomination. Nice!"

Bafta boss

BBC Radio 2

Chris Evans show
Radio 2

Head of Bafta Amanda Berry is on

Chris Evan's Radio 2 Breakfast Show. "I'm surrounded by pieces of paper with all of the nominations on, and I'm desperately trying to memorise them all."

Bafta reaction

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Felicity Jones
Reuters

Felicity Jones, who plays Jane Hawking in Theory of Everything, has also just spoken to me from LA.

"I've been running round my hotel room screaming - it's so exciting and it's so wonderful that the film has been recognised - it was a truly collaborative process and a film we all cared so deeply about," she said.

On her rivals for best actress: "I feel very lucky to be in such remarkable company. I've watched those performances and I feel like they're very exciting for women in film because they are all revolutionary performances. They are really brave, fascinating portrayals of unusual women."

All the nominees

Read the full list of nominations for the 2015 Bafta Awards

here: .

Bafta reaction

Paddington movie
Film Company

Paddington Bear tweets: "I almost spilt my cocoa when Mr Brown told me my film has been nominated for two #EEBAFTAs."

Bafta reaction

David Baddiel tweets: "Unusual thing about Birdman and Budapest Hotel leading BAFTAs is they are both funny. Art-funny, obviously. Not funny-funny. But still: good."

Via Twitter

BBC Breakfast

"Eddie Redmayne tells us he got a email from fellow BAFTA nominee and co-star Felicity Jones that just said: 'ARGHHHHH!!!!'"

Stephen Fry speaks

Stephen Fry at the Baftas
Bafta

Bafta host Stephen Fry tells BBC Breakfast: "It's a magnificent batch of nominations.

"A pleasant surprise was that The Grand Budapest Hotel was so well nominated. Not a surprise because it's a bad film, it's a wonderful film, but because it was released so early in the year.

"It's good to know Bafta voters are not so slow-witted not to recall it."

Fry also expresses dismay that Timothy Spall missed out on a nomination for Mr Turner.

Bafta analysis

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

The Bafta nominations have thrown up a few curveballs this year.

Few could have predicted Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel would be leading the field with 11 nominations in total, including a best actor nod for Ralph Fiennes as Gustave H, a concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars.

In one of the biggest shocks, Mike Leigh's Mr Turner failed to make the shortlist of outstanding British films. Timothy Spall's performance in the title role - which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival - also didn't get a leading actor nomination. But the film did get four nominations including costume design and make-up and hair.

There was a total snub for civil rights drama Selma and Angelina Jolie's World War Two epic Unbroken (although its star Jack O'Connell is up for a Bafta Rising star award).

It will be interesting to see how those films fare at the Oscar nominations next week.

Baftas - Get involved

Email entertainment.news@bbc.co.uk or tweet @BBCNewsEnts

John Goodwin emails:

"I'm utterly flabbergasted that Mr Turner has not been nominated in any of the major categories at this years Baftas. It is one of the best films Mike Leigh has ever made and features a simply astonishing performance from Timothy Spall. What were they thinking of? Even more absurd is the fact that it's not even nominated for best British film! In years to come this decision will surely be seen as utterly stupid and wrongheaded!"

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Elaine Constantine (Writer/Director) - Northern Soul
  • Gregory Burke (Writer), Yann Demange (Director) - '71
  • Hong Khaou (Writer/Director) - Lilting
  • Paul Katis (Director/Producer), Andrew Lotbiniere (Producer) - Kajaki: The True Story
  • Stephen Beresford (Writer), David Livingstone (Producer) - Pride

Best film not in the English language

  • Ida
  • Leviathan
  • The Lunchbox
  • Trash
  • Two Days, One Night

Bafta reaction

Tim Masters

Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Eddie Redmayne
PA

Best actor nominee Eddie Redmayne, who stars in The Theory of Everything, has just spoken to me from LA, saying it was "amazing" to be included on the shortlist.

"James Marsh our director got such an amazing group of people. It was a passion project for everyone so the fact it has been nominated for so many things is a testament to him," he said.

"The whole film felt like a mixture of great privilege and great responsibility. It's daunting when you know the people you are playing are going to watch the film and ultimately review [it]."

Bafta reaction

Boyhood
Film company

Boyhood director Richard Linklater tells us: "I am honoured that Bafta has given Boyhood five nominations. It is thrilling to receive this recognition, and I am especially pleased for my fellow nominees who have been such passionate and dedicated collaborators over these last 12 years."