Baftas: Gravity and 12 Years a Slave share glory

‘Gravity’ dominated the Bafta awards, scooping six prizes, while ‘12 Years a Slave’ won the coveted best film honour, the BBC informs. The space drama was named best British film and picked up other prizes for visual effects, cinematography, best sound and original music, while Alfonso Cuaron won best director.
British star Chiwetel Ejiofor collected the best actor Bafta for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave, while Cate Blanchett was named best actress for Blue Jasmine. British director Steve McQueen collected the best film trophy for 12 Years a Slave, and thanked his “one and only mother for having the faith – never give up”. Ejiofor, who was nominated for the Bafta rising star award seven years ago, accepted his award from US actress Uma Thurman. He said he was “so deeply honoured and privileged to receive it”, thanking McQueen for his “artistry and passion”.
Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi won the best supporting actor prize, while Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress for American Hustle. The Great Gatsby picked up two awards, for production design and costume design. Room 8 was named best short film; the short animation award was won by Sleeping With the Fishes. Best animation went to Frozen, which came out ahead of Monsters University and Despicable Me 2. The Bafta for outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer went to Kieran Evans for Kelly + Victor, the tale of a young couple embarking on a passionate love affair.
US director Ron Howard, whose film Rush – about the rivalry between F1 drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda – won the award for best editing, joked on the red carpet he felt like “a grateful foreign exchange student”. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope won for their adapted screenplay for the film Philomena, based on the true story of an Irish woman trying to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

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