Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity took home the most prizes at Sunday’s Bafta film awards, winning six prizes, including Outstanding British Film.
It was director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave, however, that scooped up the top honour, winning Best Film. Chiwetel Ejiofor, who stars as Solomon Northup in the film, won Best Actor.
The film’s breakout star, Lupita Nyong’o, was beaten in both her nominated categories: the absent Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress and Will Poulter won the EE Rising Star award.
Held at the Royal Opera House in London, the awards shut down Bow Street in Covent Garden as the stars arrived in all their glitz and glamour.
Singer Laura Mvula and rapper Tinie Tempah opened the ceremony with their duet “Heroes” before Stephen Fry came on stage to host the awards.
Big winner Gravity won Best Director for Cuarón, cinematography, music, sound and visual effects. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress and dedicated the award to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died on 2 February this year.
“Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard,” Blanchett said. “I hope you’re proud.”
Dame Helen Mirren was awarded the Bafta Fellowship by British Academy president Prince William. Mirren thanked her late acting teacher and proved her merit by reciting lines from Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
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Posted on: 18/2/14