As for the BAFTA winners themselves, It was a series of interesting outcomes at the British Academy of Film and Television awards aka the BAFTAs.
12 Years a Slave, the third feature from English director Steve McQueen, took the prize for best film. But another supposedly British picture, Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, garnered the most awards, including that for best British film. There had already been some controversy when the space epic, which was largely filmed in England and co-produced by a British company, was nominated for the domestic prize. Many felt it wasn’t quite British enough. Cuarón’s film won six awards.
12 Years a Slave, the story of a freeman abducted into slavery in the antebellum south, had to settle for just two Baftas.
Prince William attended the ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House, presenting Helen Mirren, 68, with a special BAFTA fellowship. He joked that she “should probably be called granny,” a reference to her Queen Elizabeth portrayal in the 2006 film The Queen.
See the full list of winners from the 2014 BAFTA Awards below.
Best Film – 12 Years A Slave (Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen)
Outstanding British Film – Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón)
Leading Actress – Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Leading Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)
Best Director – Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity)
Best Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)
Best Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Best Adapted Screenplay – Philomena (Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope)
Documentary – The Act Of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)
Film not in the English Language – The Great Beauty
Outstanding Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer – Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor)
Original Film Music – Gravity (Steven Price)
Original Screenplay – American Hustle
Animated Film – Frozen
British Short Animation – Sleeping With The Fishes
British Short Film – Room 8
Cinematography – Gravity
Costume Design – The Great Gatsby
EE Rising Star – Will Poulter
Editing – Rush (Dan Hanley, Mike Hill)
Fellowship – Dame Helen Mirren
Make-Up And Hair – American Hustle
O utstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Peter Greenaway
Production Design – The Great Gatsby
Sound – Gravity
Special Visual Effects – Gravity