News: Thoughts on the BAFTA 2014 Awards


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The BAFTA's dished out plenty of awards to Gravity (Alfonso Cuaron), though 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen) clawed back though with best actor and best film awards. I like Gravity but I have to admit to being surprised it won so heavily-but given the sophisticated production aspects and sheer scope of the film it is a strong contender both for popular appeal and technically-oriented awards (though Cuaron has a word to say about the boundaries between 'art' and 'technical awards'). Its cinematography award seems well deserved and certainly a best SFX win at the Oscars feels inevitable, but an interesting article on Indiewire suggests that the time might have come to award analog films and pure digital films like Gravity separate cinematography awards given the different craftsmanship and possibilities involved in each medium. The documentary The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer), which won here, now seems like a slam dunk for the best documentary Oscar and that is probably deserved. The BAFTAs were not the place where the bandwagon of David O.Russell's American Hustle finally came to a halt, it won for Screenplay, best supporting actress (Jennifer Hudson-now a strong contender for another Oscar) and makeup (those comb overs ). I like O'Russell's film but the amount of awards showered on it is a bit baffling, maybe it is a case of it being a film that simply offends no one. You can groove with it. Also- Gravity as a 'best British film' contender seems odd, but the film was largely shot and crewed and given its SFX in Britain by Brits. Gravity does have a great soundtrack, certainly worthy of the BAFTA win, an aspect of the film I think deserves more praise especially given how the lack of sound in Cuaron's depiction of space means the score has a lot of heavy lifting to do. Philomena is a film I enjoyed and was impressed by but I don't feel it was the strongest entry in the adapted screenplay awards, certainly not over 12 Years a Slave. On the other hand, awarding newcomer Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips felt right, I felt he acted Tom Hanks off the screen at times. BUt....yet another huge crime of omission committed against Inside Lewyn Davis- where were its awards? What have the Coen's done to the awards committees at Bafta and the Academy Awards?



From the BFI website (which also has some video interviews with cast and crew of the award winners)

Best film

Winner: 12 Years a Slave (Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen)

American Hustle (Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon)
Captain Phillips (Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca)
Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman)
Philomena (Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward)

Programme Website: The Best Film Bafta goes to '12 Years a Slave'.

Outstanding British film

Winner: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón)

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Justin Chadwick, Anant Singh, David M. Thompson, William Nicholson)
Philomena (Stephen Frears, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan, Tracey Seaward, Jeff Pope)
Rush (Ron Howard, Andrew Eaton, Peter Morgan)
Saving Mr Banks (John Lee Hancock, Alison Owen, Ian Collie, Philip Steuer, Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith)
The Selfish Giant (Clio Barnard, Tracy O’Riordan)

Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman talk about Gravity backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Outstanding British Film. | #EEBAFTAs

Best actress

Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)

Amy Adams (American Hustle)
Sandra Bullock (Gravity)
Judi Dench (Philomena)
Emma Thompson (Saving Mr Banks)

Programme website: Cate Blanchett wins Best Leading Actress Bafta for her role in 'Blue Jasmine'.

Best actor

Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave)

Christian Bale (American Hustle)
Bruce Dern (Nebraska)
Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street)
Tom Hanks (Captain Phillips)

Programme website: Chiwetel Ejiofor wins Best Leading Actor Bafta for '12 Years a Slave'.

Best supporting actress

Winner: Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle)

Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)
Julia Roberts (August: Osage County)
Oprah Winfrey (The Butler)

Best supporting actor

Winner: Barkhad Adbi (Captain Phillips)

Daniel Bruhl (Rush)
Bradley Cooper (American Hustle)
Matt Damon (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael Fassbender (12 Years a Slave)

Barkhad Abdi talks about Captain Phillips backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Supporting Actor. | #EEBAFTAs

Best director

Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)

Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips)
Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave)
David O Russell (American Hustle)
Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Alfonso Cuarón talks about Gravity backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Director. | #EEBAFTAs

Best adapted screenplay

Winner: Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope (Philomena)

John Ridley (12 Years a Slave)
Richard LaGravenese (Behind the Candelabra)
Billy Ray (Captain Phillips)
Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope talk about Philomena backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Adapted Screenplay. | #EEBAFTAs

Best original screenplay

Winner: Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell (American Hustle)

Woody Allen (Blue Jasmine)
Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón (Gravity)
Joel Coen, Ethan Coen (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Bob Nelson (Nebraska)

Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell talks about American Hustle backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Original Screenplay. | #EEBAFTAs

Best film not in the English language

Winner: The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima)

The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen)
Blue Is the Warmest Colour (Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval)
Metro Manila (Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier)
Wadjda (Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul)

Best documentary

Winner: The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer)

The Armstrong Lie (Alex Gibney)
Blackfish (Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
Tim’s Vermeer (Teller, Penn Jillette, Farley Ziegler)
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks (Alex Gibney)

Joshua Oppenheimer talks about The Act of Killing backstage at the Royal Opera House with Zoë Ball, after winning the BAFTA for Documentary. | #EEBAFTAs

Best animated film

Winner: Frozen (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee)

Despicable Me 2 (Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin)
Monsters University (Dan Scanlon)

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

Winner: Kieran Evans, director/writer (Kelly + Victor)

Colin Carberry, writer; Glenn Patterson, writer (Good Vibrations)
Kelly Marcel, writer (Saving Mr. Banks)
Paul Wright, director/writer; Polly Stokes, producer (For Those in Peril)
Scott Graham, director/writer (Shell)

Original music

Winner: Steven Price (Gravity)

Hans Zimmer (12 Years a Slave)
John Williams (The Book Thief)
Henry Jackman (Captain Phillips)
Thomas Newman (Saving Mr. Banks)


Winner: Emmanuel Lubezki (Gravity)

Sean Bobbitt (12 Years a Slave)
Barry Ackroyd (Captain Phillips)
Bruno Delbonnel (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Phedon Papamichael (Nebraska)


Winner: Dan Hanley, Mike Hill (Rush)

Joe Walker (12 Years a Slave)
Christopher Rouse (Captain Phillips)
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger (Gravity)
Thelma Schoonmaker (The Wolf of Wall Street)

Production design

Winner: Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn (The Great Gatsby)

Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker (12 Years a Slave)
Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler (American Hustle)
Howard Cummings (Behind the Candelabra)
Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard (Gravity)

Costume design

Winner: Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby)

Michael Wilkinson (American Hustle)
Ellen Mirojnick (Behind the Candelabra)
Michael O’Connor (The Invisible Woman)
Daniel Orlandi (Saving Mr. Banks)

Makeup and hair

Winner: Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell (American Hustle)

Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin (Behind the Candelabra)
Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal (The Butler)
Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn (The Great Gatsby)
Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)


Winner: Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro (Gravity)

Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur (All Is Lost)
Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney (Captain Phillips)
Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff (Inside Llewyn Davis)
Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse (Rush)

Special visual effects

Winner: Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny (Gravity)

Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug)
Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick (Iron Man 3)
Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner (Pacific Rim)
Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett (Star Trek Into Darkness)

British short animation

Winner: Sleeping with the Fishes (James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa)

Everything I Can See from Here (Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor)
I Am Tom Moody (Ainslie Henderson)

British short film

Winner: Room 8 (James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner)

Island Queen (Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema)
Keeping Up with the Joneses (Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim)
Orbit Ever After (Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles)
Sea View (Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot)

Rising Star award

Winner: Will Poulter

Dane DeHaan
George MacKay
Lupita Nyong’o
Lea Seydoux

Outstanding British contribution to film award

Peter Greenaway

BAFTA Fellowship

Dame Helen Mirren


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