Top artists, Laura Mvula and Tinnie Tempah opened the award show, performing their hit track, ‘Heroes’. As Laura stunned the crowd with her astounding vocal strength, Tinnie who could not contain his excitement during his performance stopped over at the front row, to give Prince William a high five at the BAFTA awards 2014 ceremony which held on Sunday at the Royal Opera House in London.
Chiwetel Ejiofor, beats Leonardo Dicaprio for the Leading Actor category bagging two outstanding honours for Best Film and Best Leading Actor for his performance in 12 Years A Slave. “There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another film-maker to make this film” Chiewetel said, while delivering his acceptance speech at the grande ceremony.
Surprisingly, Sandra Bullock’s Gravity picked up six leading wins off its 11 nominations in total including Outstanding British Film. The BAFTA awards is usually a projection of the Oscars which gives Gravity a good stand for the Oscar awards in March.
Australian actor, Cate Blanchett joined the winning league emerging as the Best Actress for her role well played in Blue Jasmine.
Sounding elated she received her acceptance speech saying, “I was sitting in row G, so I thought that was a sign I wouldn’t be getting up.” She dedicated her speech to Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who died February 2nd, calling him a “monumental presence” and celebrating “your monumental talent, your generosity and your unflinching quest for truth not just in art but in life…You raised the bar continually Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard, I hope you’re proud.”
Captain Phillip’s Barkhad Abdi and American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence won in the Supporting categories while Philomena won the Adapted Screenplay award for co-writers Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope.
See complete winners list below;
Outstanding British Film: Gravity
Best British Short Film: Room 8
Best British Short Animation: Sleeping With The Fishes
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Sound: Gravity
Best Editing: Rush
Best Documentary: The Act Of Killing
Best Make-Up & Hair: American Hustle
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Original Music: Gravity
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Peter Greenway
Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
EE Rising Star Award: Will Poulter
Best Special Visual Effects: Gravity
Best Film Not in the English Language: The Great Beauty
Best Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave