Enter for a chance to win 2 tickets to Sundance Next Fest
Movies Now

BAFTAs 2014: '12 Years a Slave' named best film

"12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's harrowing depiction of slavery in America, was named best flim at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday in London. Chiwetel Ejiofor also won for leading actor as the freeman-turned-slave in the drama.

Though "Slave" won the top prize at the ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" was the evening's biggest winner, receiving six BAFTA prizes -- for director, outstanding British film, cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezki,  music for Steve Price, sound for Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro and special visual effects for Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould and Nikki Penny.

"Gravity" is nominated for 10 Academy Awards, and "Slave" is in contention for nine. "Slave" won the Golden Globe for best dramatic film and both pictures tied for the top prize at the Producers Guild Awards last month.

PHOTOS: BAFTA Awards 2014 | Red carpet arrivals

Cate Blanchett continues her winning ways, earning a lead actress award for "Blue Jasmine."  Supporting actor honors went to Barkhad Abdi for "Captain Phillips," while the supporting actress BAFTA was handed to Jennifer Lawrence for "American Hustle."

"Hustle" won three awards. Besides Lawrence,  Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell won for original screenplay. And Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell and Kathrine Gordon earned a prize for makeup and hair.

Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope received the BAFTA for adapted screenplay for "Philomena," and "Frozen" was named outstanding animated film.  "The Great Beauty" won the BAFTA for Film Not in the English Language.

Editing honors went to Dan Hanley and Mike Hill for  "Rush," while Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn won BAFTAs for production design for "The Great Gatsby." Martin also won for the film's costume design.

Joshua Oppenheimer's "The Act of Killing" won for documentary.

Other awards Sunday (click for a complete list of winners):

British short film: "Room 8"

British short animation: "Sleeping With Fishes"

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer: Kieran Evans, the writer-director of "Kelly + Victor."

Director Peter Greenaway ("The Draughtsman's Contract") received an award for outstanding British contribution to cinema, while the Fellowship, the academy's highest honor, went to Helen Mirren.

Stephen Fry hosted the ceremony, which will be telecast at 8 p.m. Sunday on BBC America.


At 89, Eva Marine Saint is 'still in ballgame'

John Henson, son of Muppets founder, dies at 48

'Dallas Buyers Club,' 'American Hustle' among makeup, hair winners

PHOTOS AND MORE PHOTOS: Faces to watch 2014 | Movies ENVELOPE: The latest awards buzz DOCUMENTARIES: 10 best of 2013, and a new crop in 2014

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • British director Joe Wright to direct 'Fifty Shades'?

    British director Joe Wright to direct 'Fifty Shades'?

    British director Joe Wright has become a known commodity in Hollywood for coaxing stylish yet substantive literary adaptations such as “Atonement,” “Pride & Prejudice” and “Anna Karenina” onto the screen. His next assignment may likely be another genre of literature: mommy porn.

  • Critics' Choice Awards: '12 Years a Slave' wins for best film

    Critics' Choice Awards: '12 Years a Slave' wins for best film

    It's been a good week for "12 Years a Slave," Steve McQueen's unflinching portrait of slavery in the U.S. The historical drama won the Golden Globe on Sunday for dramatic film and earned nine Oscar nominations Thursday morning. And at the Critics' Choice Movie Awards on Thursday evening, the Broadcast...

  • 'Gravity,' '12 Years,' 'Hustle': Three's a crowd in Oscar race

    'Gravity,' '12 Years,' 'Hustle': Three's a crowd in Oscar race

    As the Academy Awards approach, the various guild awards and critics groups' honors often provide insight into prevailing Oscar sentiments. In this year's race for Oscar gold, however, momentum has repeatedly swung back and forth among what might be called the season's Big Three: "12 Years a Slave,"...

  • Solomon Northup's story is largely unknown in his New York hometown

    Solomon Northup's story is largely unknown in his New York hometown

    A Saratoga Springs museum features no exhibit on Solomon Northup, nor is his memoir, '12 Years a Slave,' taught in local schools. And an annual commemoration has been the focus of a partisan dispute.

  • Review: '12 Years a Slave'

    Review: '12 Years a Slave'

    Kenneth Turan reviews '12 Years a Slave' starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano and Brad Pitt. Video by Jason H. Neubert.

  • Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' haunted by ghosts of WWII

    Christian Petzold's 'Phoenix' haunted by ghosts of WWII

    The nightclub singer returns from a concentration camp, battered and disfigured, roaming like an apparition through a ruined city toward her husband's betrayal. The war has not yet settled into history, and the chanteuse is desperate to resurrect a charmed life forever lost.