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‘Gravity’ Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But ’12 Years A Slave’ Takes Best Film & Actor

'Gravity' Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Film & Actor

After a few weeks off from awards ceremonies, the two-week homestretch of the season, ahead of the Oscars two weeks from now, gets underway tonight with the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have, in recent years, become an increasingly convincing predictor of which way the Academy will go, though as ever, there’s always some differences (last year, for instance, saw “Amour” star Emmanuelle Riva take Best Actress).

This year sees “Gravity” lead the nominations pack, with “12 Years A Slave” and “American Hustle” close behind. Will Alfonso Cuaron‘s film manage to take the top prizes? Or will Steve McQueen, or even David O Russell, snag them? Or will the homegrown “Philomena” pull off a surprise? The ceremony, at London’s Royal Opera House, hosted by Stephen Fry, is just getting underway—we’ll be updating the winners below over the next few hours, as they come in, so keep checking back to see the whole picture.

Best British Film




“Saving Mr. Banks” 

“The Selfish Giant” 

The nomination of the American-backed, Alfonso Cuaron-directed “Gravity” (which, in fairness, comes from British producer David Heyman, and was shot and mostly post-produced in the U.K) in this category was controversial enough. So there’ll be plenty of seething faces in the industry tonight. 

Best British Short

“Island Queen”

”Keeping Up With The Joneses” 

“Orbit Ever After” 

“Room 8” – WINNER

”Sea View” 

“Room 8” takes the win. You can watch it in full below.

Best British Short Animation

”Everything I Can See From Here”

”I Am Tom Moody”

”Sleeping With The Fishes” – WINNER

“Sleeping With The Fishes” isn’t online, but you can see the trailer here.

Best Production Design

“12 Years a Slave”

”American Hustle” 

“Behind the Candelabra”


“The Great Gatsby” – WINNER

Baz Luhrmann‘s “The Great Gatsby” takes the production design prize, so I guess it was good for something. It’s got a pretty good chance at doubling up with the Academy in a couple of weeks.

Best Sound

“All Is Lost” 

Captain Phillips” 

“Inside Llewyn Davis” 


Not a huge surprise (though “All Is Lost” could have snuck the win), but “Gravity” wins Best Sound. Is a sweep coming?

Best Film Editing

“Captain Phillips” 


“12 Years a Slave” 

The Wolf of Wall Street

Being mostly British-backed, if “Rush” was gonna get any awards love, it was going to be here, though it’s still surprising to see it beat “Gravity” or even “Captain Phillips.” Wasn’t that keen on the film, but the craft was strong, so it’s fairly well deserved.

Best Documentary

“The Act of Killing” WINNER

”The Armstrong Lie”


”Tim’s Vermeer” 

“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”

Awesome: Joshua Oppenheimer beats the two Alex Gibney films and “Blackfish.” Hopefully the Academy end up going the same way.

Best Hair & Make-Up

“American Hustle” – WINNER

”Behind the Candelabra”

”Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

”The Great Gatsby”

”The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”

Victory for Christian Bale‘s combover! “American Hustle,” which missed an Oscar nomination, takes the victory here, though it didn’t have “Jackass: Bad Grandpa” to contend with here. Believe us, we’re surprised we’re writing those words too.

Best Costume Design

“American Hustle” 

“Behind the Candelabra”

”The Great Gatsby” – WINNER  

“The Invisible Woman”

”Saving Mr. Banks”

‘Gatsby’ does the double. At this point, this only feels like it’s encouraging Baz Luhrmann in an unhealthy manner.

Best Original Music

John Williams – “The Book Thief” 

Henry Jackman – “Captain Phillips” 

Steven Price – “Gravity” 
Thomas Newman – “Saving Mr. Banks” 

Hans Zimmer – “12 Years a Slave”

Third win of the night for “Gravity,” and for homegrown hero Steven Price (whose previous work included “Attack The Block” and “The World’s End“).

Best Animated Film 

“Despicable Me 2” 

“Frozen” – WINNER 

“Monsters University”

Not a huge shock. “The Wind Rises” may not have been eligible, though, and that could still beat “Frozen” for the Oscar.

Best British Debut By A Writer, Director Or Producer

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson – “Good Vibrations” 

Kieran Evans – “Kelly & Victor” – WINNER

Scott Graham – “Shell” 

Kelly Marcel – “Saving Mr. Banks” 

Paul Wright, Polly Stokes – “For Those In Peril”

Slightly surprising, given that not many saw the film, but this is well-deserved: Kieran Evans is an old music-video hand whose S&M-y relationship drama is well worth a watch.

Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips” – WINNER

Daniel Bruhl – “Rush”

Bradley Cooper – American Hustle”

Matt Damon – “Behind the Candelabra”

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”

With Jared Leto missing out on a nomination, this could have been anyone, but Abdi’s still a surprise, if a welcome one. Leto’s probably still the Oscar favorite, but maybe he has some competition…

Best Cinematography

Barry Ackroyd – “Captain Phillips”

Emmanuel Lubezki – “Gravity” – WINNER

Bruno Delbonnel – “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Phedon Papamichael – “Nebraska”

Sean Bobbitt – “12 Years a Slave”


Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”

Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle” – WINNER

Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”

Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”

Oprah Winfrey – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Lawrence missed out last year, so this is his first BAFTA. This also bodes very poorly for “12 Years A Slave,” which hasn’t yet won an award.

Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema

Peter Greenaway

Pre-announced lifetime achievement award. But nice to see Greenaway, who’s fallen out of favor a bit of late, awarded.

Best Original Screenplay

Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell – “American Hustle” – WINNER

Woody Allen – “Blue Jasmine” 

Alfonso & Jonas Cuaron – “Gravity” 

Joel & Ethan Coen – “Inside Llewyn Davis”

Bob Nelson – “Nebraska”

Third award of the night for “Hustle,” but not an entirely unexpected one. Looks like it’ll be between it and “Gravity” for the top prize tonight…

Best Adapted Screenplay 

Richard LaGravenese – “Behind the Candelabra” 

Billy Ray – “Captain Phillips” 

Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – “Philomena” 
John Ridley – “12 Years a Slave” 

Terence Winter – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

Another relative surprise, another loss for “12 Years A Slave”…

Rising Star Award

Dane DeHaan

George MacKay

Lupita Nyong’o 

Will Poulter
Lea Seydoux

Unlike the other awards, this one’s voted for by the public. Poulter, the star of “Son Of Rambow” “The Chronicles Of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and “We’re The Millers,” now follows in the footsteps of megastars like, uh, Noel Clarke and Adam Deacon.

Best Visual Effects

”Gravity” – WINNER 

“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” 

“Iron Man 3”

”Pacific Rim” 

“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Duh x2

Best Foreign Language Film

“The Act of Killing” 

“Blue Is the Warmest Color” 

“The Great Beauty” – WINNER

”Metro Manila” 


A tough category, but one that “The Great Beauty” was probably the favorite for. The Oscar may well follow.

Best 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”

Finally “12 Years A Slave” wins a prize, and thankfully it’s for Chiwetel Ejiofor, who’s masterful in the movie. That said, Matthew McConaughey wasn’t BAFTA-nominated, so he probably remains Oscar front-runner.

Best Actress

Amy Adams – “American Hustle”

Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine” – WINNER

Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”

Judi Dench – “Philomena”

Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks”

Ms. Blanchett’s trophy shelf now takes up 35% of the surface area of Australia.

 Best Film

”American Hustle” 

“Captain Phillips” 



“12 Years a Slave” WINNER

Interesting… “Gravity” was the top prize winner, but ultimately Steve McQueen’s film proved too tempting. Looks like we still have a race going into the Oscars in two weeks time.

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