At Sunday’s BAFTA Awards, “Gravity” won six of its leading 11 nominations: Director (Alfonso Cuaron), Cinematography, Score, Sound, Visual Effects and British Film. It was expected to take the Editing prize but that went to “Rush,” a high octane look at auto racing.
Among those that “Gravity” bested for the homegrown prize was the heavily favored “Philomena,” which did win the Adapted Screenplay race over frontrunner “12 Years a Slave.”
Indeed, “12 Years a Slave” fared far worse than we predicted, winning just two of its 10 bids: Picture and Actor (Chiwetel Ejiofor ). The film had been expected to take both of the supporting acting races as well but Michael Fassbender was bested by Barkhad Abdi (“Captain Phillips“) while Lupita Nyong’o) lost to Jennifer Lawrence (“American Hustle”). Nyong’o also lost the Rising Star race to Will Poulter.
Overall, “American Hustle” did better than expected, winning Original Screenplay as predicted but also taking the Makeup & Hairstyling prize to go three for 10.
“Dallas Buyers Club,” which is the Oscar frontrunner for both male acting prizes as well as Makeup & Hairstyling was snubbed at the BAFTAs, not reaping any nominations.
Abdi’s surprise win was the only one for “Captain Phillips” which had nine nominations.
Cate Blanchett (“Blue Jasmine”) continued her winning streak, adding another Best Actress trophy to her crowded mantle.
Likewise for “Frozen” which was named Best Animated Feature.
And “The Great Beauty” solidified its frontrunner status at the Oscars, picking up another prize for Best Foreign Language Film.
“The Great Gatsby” went two for three, winning both Costume and Production Design.
“Behind the Candelabra,” which recently swept the Primetime Emmys in the US, was distributed theatrically in the UK and earned five BAFTA nominations but was shut out as was five-time contender “Saving Mr. Banks” and four-time nominee “The Wolf of Wall Street.”
The BAFTA Best Picture has gone on to claim the same prize at the Oscars for the last five years running.
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