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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)

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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)

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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro, winners of the Best Sound award, pose 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro, winners of the Best Sound award, pose 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Joshua Oppenheimer (C), winner of the Best Documentary award, poses with Jack Huston and Imogen Poots 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Joshua Oppenheimer (C), winner of the Best Documentary award, poses with Jack Huston and Imogen Poots 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Presenters Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula pose 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula pose 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)

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Gillian Anderson arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 16, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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Fearne Cotton arriving at The EE British Academy Film Awards 2014, at the Royal Opera House, Bow Street, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday February 16, 2014. See PA story SHOWBIZ Bafta. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenter Laura Mvula poses 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenter Laura Mvula poses 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Presenters Douglas Booth (R), Sam Claflin (L) pose with Kathrine Gordon, Lori McCoy-Bell and Evelyne Noraz, winners of the Make-Up and Hair 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Douglas Booth (R), Sam Claflin (L) pose with Kathrine Gordon, Lori McCoy-Bell and Evelyne Noraz, winners of the Make-Up and Hair 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)

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: (R-L) Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, speaks with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Austin Dillon qualified for pole position and Martin Truex Jr. qualified second.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

DAYTONA BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 16: (R-L) Austin Dillon, driver of the #3 DOW Chevrolet, speaks with Martin Truex Jr., driver of the #78 Furniture Row Chevrolet, after qualifying for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway on February 16, 2014 in Daytona Beach, Florida. Austin Dillon qualified for pole position and Martin Truex Jr. qualified second. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Presenters Douglas Booth (R) and Sam Claflin (L) pose 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Douglas Booth (R) and Sam Claflin (L) pose 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Douglas Booth (R), Sam Claflin (L) and costume designer Catherine Martin, pose with winner of the Costume Design 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Presenters Douglas Booth (R), Sam Claflin (L) and costume designer Catherine Martin, pose with winner of the Costume Design 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, winner of the Best Animated Film award, pose 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)

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck, winner of the Best Animated Film award, pose 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)

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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)

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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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actor Christian Bale, director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper 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: Actor Christian Bale, director David O. Russell and actor Bradley Cooper 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Kelly Marcel and actor Tom Hardy 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: Kelly Marcel and actor Tom Hardy 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Alicia Vikander 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: Actress Alicia Vikander 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Daniel Bruhl and guest 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: Actor Daniel Bruhl and guest 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Michelle Rodriguez 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: Actress Michelle Rodriguez 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Kelly Marcel and actor Tom Hardy 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: Kelly Marcel and actor Tom Hardy 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson 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: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Samantha Barks 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: Actress Samantha Barks 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  HRH The Duke Of Cambridge 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: HRH The Duke Of Cambridge 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)

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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)

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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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Richard E. Grant and Olivia Grant 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: Richard E. Grant and Olivia Grant 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca Stigter 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: Director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca Stigter 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca Stigter 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: Director Steve McQueen and his wife Bianca Stigter 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Craig Roberts 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: Actor Craig Roberts 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Sai Bennett 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: Sai Bennett 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Josephine de la Baume 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: Josephine de la Baume 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Director Martin Scorsese 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: Director Martin Scorsese 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Sophie Kennedy Clark 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: Actress Sophie Kennedy Clark 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Gwendoline Christie 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: Actress Gwendoline Christie 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Eddie Redmayne 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: Actor Eddie Redmayne 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Laura Carmichael 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: Actress Laura Carmichael 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actor Christoph Waltz 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: Actor Christoph Waltz 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson 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: Costume Designer Michael Wilkinson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actress Ruth Wilson 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: Actress Ruth Wilson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actor Christoph Waltz 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: Actor Christoph Waltz 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actress Gillian Anderson 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: Actress Gillian Anderson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16:  Actress Gillian Anderson 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: Actress Gillian Anderson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actress Gillian Anderson 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: Actress Gillian Anderson 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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Actor Christoph Waltz 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: Actor Christoph Waltz 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)

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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)

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LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Sally Farmiloe 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: Sally Farmiloe 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)

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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)

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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)

Fifteen years after winning a Turner Prize for his art, the film director Steve McQueen picked up the best film trophy at the EE British Academy Film Awards last night for his drama 12 Years A Slave, on a night where the big-budget British blockbuster Gravity was the other main winner.

Fifteen years after winning a Turner Prize for his art, the film director Steve McQueen picked up the best film trophy at the EE British Academy Film Awards last night for his drama 12 Years A Slave, on a night where the big-budget British blockbuster Gravity was the other main winner.

McQueen, a Londoner, became the first black film-maker to win the best film Bafta. The director, 44, thanked his parents, before saying: “Faith, never give up … This means a hell of a lot.”

12 Years A Slave is a historical drama based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the US in the 1840s.

McQueen said his partner, the cultural critic Bianca Stigter, discovered the story. “As soon as I had the book in my hand it was a revelation. Every page was a revelation,” he said. “We can put it back in its rightful spot. Everyone in the world now knows who Solomon Northup is.”

The film stars another Londoner, Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was named best actor for his role as Northup. “Wow, wow, wow,” Ejiofor said. “ I’m so deeply honoured and privileged to receive it.” He hailed director McQueen for “your work, artistry and passion”, and said winning a Bafta was “an incredible feeling”.

“I’ve been acting for a while and was here before,” Ejiofor added. “I’ve always been thrilled and excited by Bafta.”

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Cate Blanchett was named best actress for her role in Woody Allen’s bittersweet comedy Blue Jasmine. She dedicated her win to the US actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died earlier this month.

Gravity, the sci-fi blockbuster that sent Sandra Bullock into space with George Clooney, won six awards, including best director for the Mexican film-maker, Alfonso Cuaron. "You can't tell by my accent, but I consider myself to be a part of the British film industry," he said.

Cuaron later returned to the stage at the Royal Opera House in London with his producer, David Heyman, to collect Gravity’s award for outstanding British film.

There had been controversy over whether the $100m Hollywood blockbuster should be entered into the category. “I don’t need to set the record straight,” Cuaron insisted. “There are a series of rules that makes it a British film and this has all the requirements.”

Gravity was filmed in the UK, the vast majority of the crew who worked on it were based here, and Cuaron has lived in the UK for more than a decade.

Heyman, a British producer, said the award recognised “everyone working on the film - we had the most incredible crew”.

He went on to pay tribute to Framestore, a special effects company based in London’s Soho, which created the ground-breaking visuals of astronauts in peril after their spaceship is hit by satellite debris.

Baftas 2014: Winners list in full

Best Film - 12 Years a Slave

Outstanding British Film - Gravity

Best Actor - Chiwetel Ejiofor

Best Actress  - Cate Blanchett

Best Supporting Actor - Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Best Director - Gravity

Best Adapted Screenplay - Philomena

Best Original Screenplay - American Hustle

Best Animated Film - Frozen

Rising Star - Will Poulter

British Short Film - Room 8

Best Short Animation - Sleeping with the Fishes

Best Production Design - The Great Gatsby

Best Visual Effects - Gravity

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

Outstanding British Debut - Kieran Evans for Kelly and Victor

Best Cinematography - Gravity

Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema - Peter Greenaway

Best Non-English Language Film - The Great Beauty

 

Gravity, which had an effects team of 450, won Baftas for best special effects, best sound and best original music.

Others nominees for outstanding British film included Philomena, which won the best adapted screenplay award and stars Dame Judi Dench and Steve Coogan, and the Bradford-based kitchen-sink drama The Selfish Giant.

The best supporting actor prize went to Barkhad Abdi, who plays a Somali pirate in his debut film Captain Phillips, with Tom Hanks. Abdi was born in Mogadishu but moved to the US, where he worked as a limousine driver before landing a part in the film after an open audition. He said: “I’m loving every moment of it. It’s quite a dream.”

Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress for American Hustle, which also won best original screenplay and best make-up and hair.

Peter Greenaway, the director whose body of work includes 8½ Women, The Draughtsman’s Contract and The Cook, The Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, was honoured for his outstanding contribution to British cinema.

This year’s fellowship of the British Academy, the highest honour it can bestow, was presented to Dame Helen Mirren by the Duke of Cambridge.

Prince William described her as “an extremely talented British actress who I should probably call ‘Granny’” because she had played the Queen on stage and screen.

Collecting her honour, Dame Helen, 68, paid tribute to her former teacher who died recently and “alone was the person who encouraged me to be an actor”.

Accepting her accolade as “encouragement to carry on”, she then made an impassioned speech in support of the National Youth Theatre, saying: “The way [acting] is going it’s becoming a prerogative for kids with money. We couldn’t afford it.”

Dame Helen ended by quoting from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, saying: “We are such stuff as dreams are made on and our little life is rounded with a sleep”.

She added: “My little life is rounded with this honour, thank you very much indeed.”

Later, when asked what she had thought about Prince William’s quip, she replied: “I wanted to take out a hankie, spit on it and wipe his face.”

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