Monday, February 17, 2014

12 Years BAFTA Best Film; Gravity Wins Six

Since the BAFTA Awards were tape-delayed, as they always are, I decided to watch them that way as well, recording it last night and fast forwarding through the ceremony this morning. Granted I had already known who was going to win from all the updates yesterday, but I do like to watch award shows. The winners are below:

Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Best British Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, 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 Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
Best Foreign Language Film: The Great Beauty
Best Documentary: The Act of Killing
Best Animated Film: Frozen
Best Film Editing: Rush
Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Cinematography: Gravity
Best Costume Design: The Great Gatsby
Best Makeup & Hair: American Hustle
Best Original Music: Gravity
Best Sound: Gravity
Best Visual Effects: Gravity
Best British Debut: Keiran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Orange Rising Star: Will Poulter

My prediction was that it was going to be a big night for either Gravity or 12 Years a Slave or both and that's what pretty much happened with Gravity walking home with the most hardware with 6 wins including Best Director and Best British Film while 12 Years a Slave pulled off the top prizes of Best Film and Best Actor. American Hustle meanwhile picked up 3 wins including the farily competitive categories of Best Supporting Actress and Adapted Screenplay and thereby keeping it in the conversation. The only other film to pick up multiple wins is The Great Gatsby with a couple of technical awards that it might just repeat at the Oscars. With Dallas Buyers Club not in contention, it was refreshing to see Chiwetel Ejiofor and especially Barkhad Abdi pick up their first major prizes of the season. Cate Blanchett, animated film Frozen, and documentary feature The Act of Killing meanwhile continued their winning ways. SAG winner Lupita Nyong'o walked home empty-handed despited also being in contention for a second award the Orange Rising Star which went to Will Poulter.

I completely missed on the supporting categories thinking 12 Years a Slave would be much stronger than it was and a few of the technical awards I missed were obvious in hindsight. All in all, I did an okay 14/22 (63.6%) with my predictions which matched what I did last year. As for what it means for the Academy Awards, it still seems like Gravity vs. 12 Years a Slave with American Hustle as a possible spoiler. What's more interesting is if the Ejiofor/Abdi wins did anything to make a dent in their categories. It's not too long now until we find out.

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