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Awards Coverage: 2014 BAFTA Winners

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Yesterday the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) announced their winners. As the final Oscar precursor, I have to say there are some wild choices here.

As far as predicting the Oscar winners I have just about thrown my hands in the air and given up. While this makes for an exciting race if they go how I am beginning to think they’ll go, they won’t make a whole lot of sense.

With Alfonso Cuaron again winning Best Director, ‘Gravity’ led the field with six wins. But, Best Film went to Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’, curiously absent save for Chiwetel Ejiofor’s Best Actor win. Feels like a pretty heft consolation prize.

A full list of winners, with relevant commentary, to follow:

 

Best British Film

“Gravity” – WINNER
“Mandela”
“Philomena”
“Rush”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
“The Selfish Giant”

Not sure what makes ‘Gravity’ a ‘British Film’ but the best film nominated here. Many tipped ‘Philomena’, being the most British film possible, but it was awarded elsewhere.

Best British Short

“Island Queen”
“Keeping Up With The Joneses”
“Orbit Ever After”
“Room 8” WINNER
“Sea View”

Best British Short Animation

“Everything I Can See From Here”
“I Am Tom Moody”
“Sleeping With The Fishes” WINNER

Best Production Design

“12 Years a Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Gravity”
“The Great Gatsby” – WINNER

Best Sound?

“All Is Lost”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity” WINNER
“Inside Llewyn Davis”
“Rush”

Best Film Editing

“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Rush” WINNER
“12 Years a Slave”
“The Wolf of Wall Street”

Can’t argue with this selection, ‘Rush’ is a very well edited film, especially during the racing footage. But, having not been nominated for an Oscar it leaves this category still very unpredictable. If either ‘Captain Phillips’ or ‘Gravity’ had have won they would have cemented Oscar favoritism.

Best Documentary

“The Act of Killing” WINNER
“The Armstrong Lie”
“Blackfish”
“Tim’s Vermeer”
“We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks”

Yeah, not really a contest here.

Best Hair & Make-Up

“American Hustle” – WINNER
“Behind the Candelabra”
“Lee Daniels’ The Butler”
“The Great Gatsby”
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
Best Costume Design

“American Hustle”
“Behind the Candelabra”
“The Great Gatsby” – WINNER  
“The Invisible Woman”
“Saving Mr. Banks”

Best Original Music

John Williams – “The Book Thief”
Henry Jackman – “Captain Phillips”
Steven Price – “Gravity”WINNER
Thomas Newman – “Saving Mr. Banks”
Hans Zimmer – “12 Years a Slave”

Hopefully AMPAS follow suit.

Best Animated Film

“Despicable Me 2”
“Frozen” – WINNER
“Monsters University”

With ‘The Wind Rises’ not nominated, an easy win for ‘Frozen’.

Best British Debut By A Writer, Director Or Producer

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson – “Good Vibrations”
Kieran Evans – “Kelly & Victor” – WINNER
Scott Graham – “Shell”
Kelly Marcel – “Saving Mr. Banks”
Paul Wright, Polly Stokes – “For Those In Peril”
Best Supporting Actor

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips” – WINNER
Daniel Bruhl – “Rush”
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle”
Matt Damon – “Behind the Candelabra”
Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave”

Pretty big win here for Barkhad Abdi. If Michael Fassbender was going to win any award, it was here with the absence of Oscar favourite Jared Leto. With Fassbender not winning, he looks to have absolutely no chance at an Oscar. The most likely contender to Leto now looks to be Abdi.
Best Cinematography

Barry Ackroyd – “Captain Phillips”
Emmanuel Lubezki – “Gravity” – WINNER
Bruno Delbonnel – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Phedon Papamichael – “Nebraska”
Sean Bobbitt – “12 Years a Slave”

Best Supporting Actress

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine”
Jennifer Lawrence – “American Hustle” – WINNER
Lupita Nyong’o – “12 Years a Slave”
Julia Roberts – “August: Osage County”
Oprah Winfrey – “Lee Daniels’ The Butler”

Lawrence beats out Nyong’o. At this point ’12 Years A Slave’ was still empty handed, and then it’s biggest chance misses out to her closest rival. A little shocked at Lawrence’s win here, especially with Brit Sally Hawkins in the mix, but there it is.
Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema

Peter Greenaway

Best Original Screenplay

Eric Warren Singer & David O. Russell – “American Hustle” – WINNER
Woody Allen – “Blue Jasmine”
Alfonso & Jonas Cuaron – “Gravity”
Joel & Ethan Coen – “Inside Llewyn Davis”
Bob Nelson – “Nebraska”

No surprise here. Jonze curiously left out of the nominees, with ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ receiving a rare (yet deserved) nomination. ‘Hustle’ wins it’s third.

Best Adapted Screenplay

Richard LaGravenese – “Behind the Candelabra”
Billy Ray – “Captain Phillips”
Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope – “Philomena”WINNER
John Ridley – “12 Years a Slave”
Terence Winter – “The Wolf of Wall Street”

The BAFTA voters awarded their in-form Brit, Steve Coogan. This is 4/5 of the Oscar field, and the last one I expected to win here was ‘Philomena’. Ridley not winning was very telling, and what makes the last award of the night such a baffling one.

Rising Star Award

Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter – WINNER
Lea Seydoux

Hey, I thought Will Poulter was pretty good in ‘We’re The Miller’s’ and I understand he was excellent in ‘Wild Bill’. But beating out Dane DeHaan, Oscar nominee Nyong’o and Palme d’Or winner Seydoux. Okaaaay.

Best Visual Effects

“Gravity” – WINNER
“The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
“Iron Man 3”
“Pacific Rim”
“Star Trek Into Darkness”

Best Foreign Language Film

“The Act of Killing”
“Blue Is the Warmest Color”
“The Great Beauty” – WINNER
“Metro Manila”
“Wadjda”

‘The Great Beauty’ is a pretty good bet for the Oscar.

Best Actor

Christian Bale – “American Hustle”
Bruce Dern – “Nebraska”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Chiwetel Ejiofor – “12 Years a Slave” WINNER
Tom Hanks – “Captain Phillips”

With McConaughey not nominated – ineligible because of ‘Dallas Buyer’s Club’s’ UK release – this was likely going to come down to either Leo or Ejiofor. I thought Leo, but ’12 Years A Slave’ won its first award of the night. Ejiofor is fantastic. Well done.

Cate Blanchett, Tom Hardy
Best Actress

Amy Adams – “American Hustle”
Cate Blanchett – “Blue Jasmine” – WINNER
Sandra Bullock – “Gravity”
Judi Dench – “Philomena”
Emma Thompson – “Saving Mr. Banks”

Yep. I would have been shocked if anyone else won.
Best Film

“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Gravity”
“Philomena”
“12 Years a Slave” WINNER

Again, the Best Director/Best Film split. Looks to be the likely outcome. But, how does ’12 Years A Slave’ win here? It lost Best Director and Best Screenplay, and apart from Nyong’o and Ejiofor (who won) wasn’t really in with a chance in any other category. ‘Gravity’ had six awards and ‘American Hustle’ three up until this point. I don’t get it.

Andrew Buckle – follow Andy on Twitter here: @buckle22

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