12 Years A Slave may have won the BAFTA for best film, but it was Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity which came out tops on the night, with 6 wins overall including best actor, best British film and best director.
12 Years only picked up one additional award to the top gong, that for best actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. While Ejiofor is no doubt a deserving winner, he was competing in a field which did not include Oscar front-runner, Matthew McConaughey. Dallas Buyers Club didn’t get a UK release in time to be eligible for the BAFTA awards, meaning that fellow Oscar front-runner Jared Leto was also not in consideration in the supporting actor category. That award went to the outstanding performance in Captain Phillips by Barkhad Abdi.
Cate Blanchett has continued her unbroken streak, picking up best actress for her role in Blue Jasmine. Surely she must have the shortest odds for an Oscar win almost ever? It would be absolutely shocking if anyone else won.
American Hustle was the fitting winner of the best makeup and hair award (it deserves it for Bale’s hair alone). The film also took home best original screenplay (umm…what?) and best supporting actress for Jennifer Lawrence. I must say I am surprised that the Brits couldn’t see to award Lupita Nyong’o for her powerful performance in 12 Years. If she can’t take home the BAFTA, then I’d say that Lawrence now has the definite edge at the Oscars.
With the editing award going to Rush, we are no closer to having a front-runner in this category at the Oscars. Rush has some phenomenal editing, particularly the F1 racing sequences; however the film is no in the running for an Academy Award.
The full list of BAFTA award winners are after the jump.
Full list of BAFTA winners
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Best British Film: Gravity
Best Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kieran Evans
Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
Best Film Not In The English Language: The Great Beauty
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing
Best Original Film Score: Gravity
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Editing: Rush
Best Sound: Gravity
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Makeup and Hair: American Hustle
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Costumes: The Great Gatsby
Best Short Film: Room 8
Best Animated Short: Sleeping With The Fishes
BAFTA Rising Star Award: Will Poulter