‘Gravity’ wins six BAFTAs, ’12 Years a Slave’ just two including Best Picture

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. 

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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. 

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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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8 thoughts on “‘Gravity’ wins six BAFTAs, ’12 Years a Slave’ just two including Best Picture

  1. I have said all along I believe people are favoring Nyong’o because they feel sorry for her in her devastatingly good performance. I feel both Lawrence and Hawkins gave better performances for their roles (granted, they were given more to do). I really think Lawrence gets the edge (again).

  2. ASIDE OF BEST PICTURE THIS IS THE CATEGORY MOST PEOPLE ARE GOING BACK AND FORTH ON!

    Superstar Jlaw has garnered two of the major ones the Gloden Globes and the BAFTAs in the foreign lands while newcomer Lupita has done the same stateside with The Critics Choice and The SAG (the branch with the most Academy members).

    Last year Jlaw lost the BAFTA to Emmanuel Riva but went on to win The Oscar. She didn’t attend the BAFTAs this year.

    Lupita has been playing her cards pretty much the way they should be played to win an Oscar (campaigning wise)

    Jlaw is extremely busy at the moment but is adored by the Academy members.

    THIS CATEGORY IS KNOWN TO GO TO FRESH NEW TALENT. JLAW WON LAST YEAR, WILL THE VOTERS FEEL LIKE IT’S TOO SOON TO REWARD HER AGAIN OR WILL THEY JUST SAY WHO CARES AND REWARD HER A SECOND OSCAR?

    WILL THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH 12 YEARS A SLAVE AND LUPITA?

    MAY THE BEST BABE WIN!

    ASIDE OF BEST PICTURE THIS IS THE CATEGORY MOST PEOPLE ARE GOING BACK AND FORTH ON!

    Superstar Jlaw has garnered two of the major ones the Gloden Globes and the BAFTAs in the foreign lands while newcomer Lupita has done the same stateside with The Critics Choice and The SAG (the branch with the most Academy members).

    Last year Jlaw lost the BAFTA to Emmanuel Riva but went on to win The Oscar. She didn’t attend the BAFTAs this year.

    Lupita has been playing her cards pretty much the way they should be played to win an Oscar (campaigning wise)

    Jlaw is extremely busy at the moment but is adored by the Academy members.

    THIS CATEGORY IS KNOWN TO GO TO FRESH NEW TALENT. JLAW WON LAST YEAR, WILL THE VOTERS FEEL LIKE IT’S TOO SOON TO REWARD HER AGAIN OR WILL THEY JUST SAY WHO CARES AND REWARD HER A SECOND OSCAR?

    WILL THEY FALL IN LOVE WITH 12 YEARS A SLAVE AND LUPITA?

    MAY THE BEST BABE WIN!

  3. Cate Blanchett’s speech at BAFTA’S was so elitist. What they do as Actors isn’t changing the world, its entertainment. Anyone who has ever worked in the business can tell you “smoke and mirrors” to the public and how backstabbing and ruthless the business truly is. At the end of day taking oneself that seriously is so unattractive and such a turn off and Ms. Blanchett needs to put down the magic mirror.

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