Space drama Gravity scooped a handful of top honours at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on Sunday (16Feb14), including a Best Director prize for ALFONSO CUARON.
The sci-fi hit, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney as astronauts stranded in outer space, also picked up awards for Best British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.
You can't tell from my accent but I consider myself a part of the British film industry
It was a disappointing night for Oscars favourite 12 Years A Slave - although the drama took home Best Film and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, it lost out in a string of other top categories, including Best Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender) and Best Adapted Screenplay, which was instead awarded to Philomena writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
There was also no trophy for Ejiofor's co-star, newcomer Lupita Nyong'o, who missed out on a Best Supporting Actress honour to Jennifer Lawrence; she was also denied the Rising Star Award, which went to We're The Millers actor Will Poulter.
Cate Blanchett was named Best Actress for her role in Woody Allen comedy Blue Jasmine, and Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi took home the Best Supporting Actor prize, while Dame Helen Mirren was honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement.
Collecting his Best Director award, Mexican moviemaker Cuaron said, "You can't tell from my accent but I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I've lived in London for the last 30 years and I've done almost half of my films in the U.K. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration!" The award ceremony's emotional highlight came as Blanchett dedicated her Best Actress trophy to her late friend Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month (Feb14).
She said, "Phil, your monumental talent, your generosity, and your unflinching quest for the truth, both in art and life, will be missed, not only by me but by so many... Phil, buddy - this is for you, you b**tard! I hope you're proud".
The ceremony at the Royal Opera House was presented by Stephen Fry and featured guests including Leonardo DiCaprio, who presented the supporting actress award, Brad Pitt, Uma Thurman, Prince William, Amy Adams, Emma Thompson, and Stanley Tucci.
The list of 2014 BAFTA film award winners is - Best Film 12 Years A Slave - Best British Film Gravity - Best Director Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) - Leading Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) - Leading Actress Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) - Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) - Supporting Actress Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) - Best Original Screenplay Eric Warren Singer, David O.
Russell (American Hustle) - Best Music Steven Price (Gravity) - Best Cinematography Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity) - Best Editing Dan Hanley and Mike Hill (Rush) - Best Visual Effects Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould and Nikki Penny (Gravity) - Best Sound Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro (Gravity) - Best Production Design Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby) - Best Costume Design Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby) - Best Makeup and Hair Evelyne Noraz and Lori McCoy-Bell (American Hustle) - Rising Star Will Poulter - Best Adapted Screenplay Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope (Philomena) - Outstanding Debut Kieran Evans (Kelly and Victor) - Best Foreign Film The Act of Killing - Best Film Not in the English language The Great Beauty - Best Short Animation Sleeping With the Fishes - Best Short Film Room 8 - Best Animated Film Frozen - Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema Peter Greenaway - BAFTA Fellowship for Lifetime Achievement Dame Helen Mirren
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