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BAFTAs – review

Last Sunday the annual awards ceremony the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) took place, where a multitude of films were celebrated and their crews sat anxiously hoping to hear their name, all set to the dulcet tones of host Stephen Fry.

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The night was jam packed with film stars, from 12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen to Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks. Even Prince William arrived at the end of the ceremony to present a very special award.

There were no real surprises of the night in terms of the actual awards wins. 12 Years a Slave snatched Best Film with its main star Chiwetel Ejiofor nabbing Best Actor. There is no doubt that the film’s success will continue on towards the Oscars. Michael Fassbender was pipped to the post of Best Supporting Actor though, by none other than Barkhad Abdi for his role in Captain Phillips.

The speech of the night has to go to Cate Blanchett who, on collecting her well-deserved award for Best Actress for her eponymous role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, dedicated it to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. This acknowledgement was reinforced by the later montage of the film greats that have been lost this year including Hoffman, Shirley Temple, Paul Walker and Peter O’Toole.

Gravity took home 6 awards ranging from Outstanding British Film and Best Director through to its sound and visual effects, no surprise there. It was nice to see a nod go to such films as Rush and The Great Gatsby though, as they were awarded Best Editing and Best Costume/Production Design, respectively.

The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award went to legendary director Peter Greenaway, most noted for films such as Nightwatching, Prospero’s Books and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, the latter of which starred the fabulous Helen Mirren.

Leading on nicely from the last award, Dame Helen was the proud owner of the Fellowship award for all her outstanding achievements in cinema. Presented to her by Prince William, Mirren has shown versatility in a number of roles from Excalibur to Gosford Park and playing two Queens in the forms of Elizabeth I and Elizabeth II, or Granny as the Prince referred to her.

The EE Rising Star Award is always a special one as it is partly voted for by the public. This year it was awarded to Will Poulter, who starred as cousin Eustace in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader as well as being part of We’re the Millers and Son of Rambow. Poulter won the award ahead of 12 Years a Slave’s Lupita Nyong’o, a little surprising after her fantastic American debut role as Patsey.

The night, as always, was a star studded and glittering success with a range of fantastic films and performances acknowledged from the last 12 months. Hosted brilliantly by the wonderful Stephen Fry it will be a memorable night for all the nominees and winners. For the full list see below.

Best film
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena

Outstanding British film
Gravity
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Philomena
Rush
Saving Mr Banks
The Selfish Giant

Actor
Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Actress
Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Supporting actor
Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)
Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Supporting actress
Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Director
Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O Russell (American Hustle)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Adapted screenplay
12 Years a Slave
Behind the Candelabra
Captain Phillips
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Original screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Animated film
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University

Documentary
The Act of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Blackfish
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets

Foreign film
The Act of Killing
Blue is the Warmest Colour
The Great Beauty
Metro Manila
Wadjda

Cinematography
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska

Costume design
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Great Gatsby
The Invisible Woman
Saving Mr Banks

Editing
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Rush
The Wolf of Wall Street

Make-up and hair
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
The Butler
The Great Gatsby
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Music
12 Years a Slave
The Book Thief
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Saving Mr Banks

Production design
12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Behind the Candelabra
Gravity
The Great Gatsby

Sound
All is Lost
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Inside Llewyn Davis
Rush

Visual effects
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek Into Darkness

Short animation
Everything I Can See From Here
I Am Tom Moody
Sleeping with the Fishes

Short film
Island Queen
Keeping Up with the Joneses
Orbit Ever After
Room 8
Sea View

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer
Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson (writers, Good Vibrations)
Kieran Evans (writer-director, Kelly + Victor)
Scott Graham (writer-director, Shell)
Kelly Marcel (writer, Saving Mr Banks)
Paul Wright. Polly Stokes (writer-director and producer, For Those in Peril)

Rising Star award
Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter – public vote
Lea Seydoux

18/02/2014

About Author

hollywade Holly has just finished her third year studying Film and English, but sadly she never did manage to procrastinate by watching every film in IMDb’s top 250. Aside from the fun of her degree Holly is known to spend an unhealthy amount of time in the LCR which she will desperately miss when she has graduated and is forced to do something adult with her life.



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