12 Years a Slave was named the best picture last night, but Gravity overshadowed Steve McQueen’s drama by winning six BAFTAs, including the best director and the outstanding British film award.
The outer space drama Gravity won in six out of 11 categories, which makes it the biggest winner of this year BAFTAs. Nominated in ten categories, 12 Years a Slave was overlooked in best director and best adapted screenplay categories, among others.
Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine and Chiwetel Ejiofor was named best actor for his role in 12 Years a Slave.
Award for best supporting actor went to Barkhad Abdi, who played one of the Somali pirates in Paul Greengrass’s Captain Phillips, winning over Michael Fassbender, who was one of the favorites to get the award for his role in 12 Years a Slave.
The BAFTA statue for best supporting actress went to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle, thus beating Lupita Nyong’o who made a memorable performance of an abused slave in 12 Years a Slave.
Emmanuel Lubezki, six times Oscar nominated and now two times BAFTA winner snatched best cinematography award for Gravity, which also took awards for music, sound and visual effects.
Dame Helen Mirren was awarded with the honorary fellowship award presented by the Duke of Cambridge.
Six times Oscar nominated and now four times BAFTA winner Alfonso Cuaron pinched the award for best director and Alexander Korda Award for best British film.
Allegedly, Cuaron’s Gravity, which stars US actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, caused controversy last year after being listed as a British film. However, the movie was filmed in the UK and the team responsible for the BAFTA winning visual effects are UK-based.
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