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Thursday 28 August 2014

Baftas 2014: 12 Years A Slave takes best film and actor awards #baftas

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actors Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt attend the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Gillian Anderson (L) and David Oyelowo (R) pose with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, winners of the Best Animated Film award, in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
illian Anderson (L) and David Oyelowo (R) pose with Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, winners of the Best Animated Film award, in the winners room at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  TV Presenter Fearne Cotton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: TV Presenter Fearne Cotton attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

The best film award has gone to 12 Years A Slave at this year's Bafta awards for 2014 while Chiwetel Ejiofor has won best actor for his role in the Steve McQueen film.

Welcoming the audience, Fry paid tribute to Dame Helen joking that the actress - who has played the Queen on stage and screen - has "this year brought her grandson along. Welcome his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge".

The ceremony opened with a performance by Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula, before Oprah Winfrey handed the award for outstanding British film to Gravity.

The space adventure, which stars US actors Sandra Bullock and George Clooney and was directed by a Mexican, has caused some controversy by being listed as a British film but it was filmed in this country and the team responsible for its visual effects are UK-based.

Among the films it beat were Rush and Philomena.

The Bafta for production design went to the adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel The Great Gatsby.

Gravity won its second award of the night when it picked up the Bafta for sound, while the award for editing went to Rush.

The Act of Killing - about Indonesian death squads who murdered thousands in the 1960s - was named best documentary.

Awards for make-up and hair and costume design went to American Hustle and The Great Gatsby respectively.

Gravity triumphed again winning the Bafta for original music, before Frozen was named best animated film.

Comic and actor Steve Coogan presented the Bafta for outstanding British debut to Kieran Evans for his film Kelly + Victor.

Emma Thompson presented the award for supporting actor to Barkhad Abdi for his role as a Somalian pirate in Captain Phillips.

Accepting his award, he thanked his co-star Tom Hanks, his "fellow pirates" and film maker Paul Greengrass for "for believing in me before I believed in myself".

Gravity picked up another award with the Bafta for cinematography before the supporting actress gong was given to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle with the film's director, David O. Russell, accepting it on her behalf.

Film-maker Peter Greenaway, whose career includes art-house hits such as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover, was then presented with the outstanding contribution award by Juliet Stevenson who said "he has no time for convention or orthodoxy"

Accepting his award, Greenaway said he was "very, very surprised" to receive it and thanked those who "travel with me".

The award for original screenplay went to US 1970s crime caper American Hustle.

Eric Warren Singer, who accepted the award with Russell, said: "I was breastfed from a very young age on British cinema, so thank you Bafta".

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope won the award for adapted screenplay for Philomena - the story of an Irish woman's search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

Accepting the award, Coogan praised the "real Philomena Lee".

He said: "Her story has been told and her story finished in the Vatican. She has been heard but there are 60,000 women who are yet to trace their children".

Will Poulter won the EE Rising Star award which is based on a public vote, before the Bafta for special visual effects went to Gravity.

Joely Richardson presented the award for film not in the English language to Italian drama The Great Beauty about a journalist and partygoer in Rome.

12 Years A Slave star Ejiofor was named leading actor and presented with his award by Uma Thurman.

He said he was "so deeply honoured and privileged to receive it" and thanked the film's director Steve McQueen for his "artistry and passion".

He said: "You really brought us all through it and had the real vision to tell this extraordinary story".

Addressing McQueen again, he said: "Thank you for this. This is yours by the way, I know that, you know that. I'm going to keep it but it's yours".

Alfonso Cuaron was named best director for Gravity - beating McQueen among others.

Accepting his award, he said: "You can not tell from my accent but I consider myself a part of the British film industry".

Telling the audience, he had made "almost half" of his films in the UK, he joked: "I guess I'm a very good case for curbing immigration".

Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in the Woody Allen film Blue Jasmine.

She dedicated her win to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month in New York, calling him "a continual profound touchstone".

She said: "Phil, buddy, this is for you, you bastard. I hope you're proud."

The award for best film went to 12 Years A Slave with McQueen thanking his "one and only mother for having the faith, never give up".

He told the audience: "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".

Before presenting the Fellowship to Dame Helen, William described her as "an extremely talented British actress who I should probably call granny".

Jeremy Irons, who helped William present the award, called her "one hell of a dame" before she took to the stage and paid her own tribute to one of her former teachers who died recently and "alone was the person who encouraged me to be an actor".

She ended by quoting from William Shakespeare's The Tempest, saying: "'We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep'

"My little life is rounded with this honour, thank you very much indeed."

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