NEWS: AFTA the BAFTAS

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The 2014 British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards have just concluded, much to the joy of the winners…and the relief of the facial and wrist muscles of the people at the front that had to relentlessly clap and grin and be attractive for three hours straight. Most of the awards gravitated towards Gravity,  but thankfully 12 Years A Slave  was paid its dues too.

Stephen Fry was the host, and to the shock of all, he’d kept his beard (apparently there was a Twitter ‘thing’ about predicting his facial hair choices) As ever, he was on ebullient and eloquent form, like Tom Bombadil wearing a Tuxedo. Fry doesn’t shy away from cracking the cheap-shot whip when hosting shows or ceremonies, and he gave out some jolly good lashings this evening – the homoerotic, gallophobic banter flowed beautifully.

Insult of the night: ‘If you’re going to get a writing award, you might at least be able to speak.’

Beard of the night: Tom Hardy’s, though Bale, Fassbender and Ejiofor were damn close.

Now then Britons, on with the British film awards taking place in Britain for British people.

BEST FILM

12 Years a Slave

 American Hustle

 Captain Phillips

 Gravity

 

 Winner:  12 YEARS A SLAVE – Fully deserved, and fully appreciated. There could be no other.

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OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

Gravity

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

 Philomena

 Rush

 Saving Mr Banks

 The Selfish Giant

 

Winner: GRAVITY  – The winner, and most of the nominees, are British only in that they were partially filmed here. Sure, take advantage of our world class production companies, locations and tax incentives why don’t you? We’ll even give you a special award for it! Bloody Hollywood-ers, coming over here and creating more jobs.

OutstandingBritishFilm 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson for Good Vibrations

Kelly Marcel for Saving Mr Banks

Kieran Evans for Kelly + Victor

Paul Wright, Polly Stokes for For Those in Peril

Scott Graham  for Shell

Winner: KIERAN EVANS FOR KELLY + VICTOR

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FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

The Act Of Killing

Blue Is The Warmest Colour

The Great Beauty

 

Winner:   THE GREAT BEAUTY  – The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelson, was shamefully excluded from this category, for reasons that two Google searches cannot unearth.

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DOCUMENTARY

The Act Of Killing

The Armstrong Lie

Blackfish

Tim’s Vermeer

We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

 

Winner: THE ACT OF KILLING  – If We Steal Secrets won, it would have been Wik-ed! Apologies.

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ANIMATED FILM

Despicable Me 2

Frozen

Monsters University

 

Winner: FROZEN

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DIRECTOR

Steve McQueen for 12 Years A Slave

David O. Russell for American Hustle

Paul Greengrass for Captain Phillips

Alfonso Cuarón for Gravity

Martin Scorsese for The Wolf Of Wall Street

 

Winner:  ALFONSO CUARÓN, GRAVITY – Probably well deserved, but Steve McQueen has had three homeruns on the trot (Hunger, Shame, 12 Years A Slave) so it would have been nice.

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell

Blue Jasmine, Woody Allen

Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón

Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel Coen, Ethan Coen

Nebraska, Bob Nelson

Winner: AMERICAN HUSTLE, ERIC WARREN SINGER, DAVID O. RUSSELL

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ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

12 Years A Slave, John Ridley

Behind The Candelabra, Richard LaGravenese

Captain Phillips, Billy Ray

Philomena, Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope

The Wolf Of Wall Street, Terence Winter

Winner: PHILOMENA, STEVE COOGAN, JEFF POPE –  Filth didn’t get any nominations, which is obviously a disgrace to the voting board, but if it deserved any award (other than Leading Actor for James McAvoy) then it should have been the screenplay adaptation from Irvine Welsh’s nauseatingly formatted novel.

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LEADING ACTOR

Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave

Christian Bale, American Hustle

Leonardo Dicaprio, The Wolf Of Wall Street

Tom Hanks, Captain Phillips

 

Winner: CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, 12 YEARS A SLAVE – Yes. Yes. Yes.

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LEADING ACTRESS

Amy Adams, American Hustle

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks

Judi Dench, Philomena

Sandra Bullock, Gravity

 

Winner: CATE BLANCHETT, BLUE JASMINE

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SUPPORTING ACTOR

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Bradley Cooper, American Hustle

Daniel Brühl, Rush

Matt Damon, Behind the Candelabra

Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave

 

Winner: BARKHAD ABDI, CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – He is the captain now!

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SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Julia Roberts, August: Osage County

Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave

Oprah Winfrey, The Butler

Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine

 

Winner: JENNIFER LAWRENCE, AMERICAN HUSTLE – Without saying that Jennifer Lawrence didn’t deserve the award, Lupita Nyong’o deserved the award. There’s still the Oscars.

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ORIGINAL MUSIC

12 Years A Slave, Hans Zimmer

The Book Thief, John Williams

Captain Phillips, Henry Jackman

Gravity, Steven Price

Saving Mr Banks, Thomas Newman

Winner: GRAVITY, STEVEN PRICE

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CINEMATOGRAPHY

12 Years A Slave, Sean Bobbitt

Captain Phillips, Barry Ackroyd

Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

Inside Llewyn Davis, Bruno Delbonnel

Nebraska, Phedon Papamichael

Winner: GRAVITY, EMMANUEL LUBEZKI

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EDITING

12 Years A Slave, Joe Walker

Captain Phillips, Christopher Rouse

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger

Rush, Dan Hanley, Mike Hill

The Wolf Of Wall Street, Thelma Schoonmaker

Winner: RUSH, DAN HANLEY, MIKE HILL

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PRODUCTION DESIGN

12 Years A Slave, Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker

American Hustle, Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler

Behind The Candelabra, Howard Cummings

Gravity, Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard

The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn

Winner: THE GREAT GATSBY, CATHERINE MARTIN, BEVERLEY DUNN

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COSTUME DESIGN

American Hustle, Michael Wilkinson

Behind The Candelabra, Ellen Mirojnick

The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin

The Invisible Woman, Michael O’connor

Saving Mr Banks, Daniel Orlandi

Winner: THE GREAT GATSBY, CATHERINE MARTIN

COSTUME DESIGN

 

MAKE UP & HAIR

American Hustle, Evelyne Noraz, Lori Mccoy-Bell

Behind The Candelabra, Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin

The Butler, Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal

The Great Gatsby, Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Winner: AMERICAN HUSTLE – Did you know?… all the hair used on set was shaved off Christian Bale’s chest over a seven year period. Now that’s method. Ironically, this category was presented by Alec BALDwin. Joking, it was Kristen Wiig (it wasn’t).

 HAIR

SOUND

All Is Lost, Richard Hymns et al

Captain Phillips, Chris Burdon et al

Gravity, Glenn Freemantle et al

Inside Llewyn Davis, Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff

Rush, Danny Hambrook et al

Winner: GRAVITY, GLENN FREEMANTLE ET AL

 SOUND

 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

Gravity, Tim Webber et al

The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug , Joe Letteri et al

Iron Man 3, Bryan Gill et al

Pacific Rim, Hal Hickel et al

Star Trek Into Darkness, Ben Grossmann et al

Winner: GRAVITY, TIM WEBBER ET AL  – ‘et al’ has been used to save space listing all those names, apologies to all those unaccredited who won’t be reading this…This especially applies to the Smaug crew; couldn’t include that list of people, it would really drag-on…

 SPECIALVISUALEFFECTS

 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

Everything I Can See From Here

I Am Tom Moody

Sleeping With The Fishes

Winner: SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES

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BRITISH SHORT FILM

Island Queen

Keeping Up With The Joneses

Orbit Ever After

Room 8

Sea View

Winner:  ROOM 8Sea View should have won. Did you see Sea View?  We viewed Sea View  at the VUE (shore).

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THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

Dane Dehaan

George Mackay

Lupita Nyong’o

Will Poulter

Léa Seydoux

Winner: WILL POULTER – Insider info: Will Poulter is an avid Arsenal supporter, and he used to drink at the North Pole pub in Acton, until it got shut down. Movie Quibble lives in North London and goes to lots of pubs, so this is firsthand knowledge.

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OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH CINEMA

Automatic Winner: PETER GREENAWAY

OUTSTANDINGCONTRIBUTION

THE FELLOWSHIP

Automatic Winner: HELEN MIRREN

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So here we are, at the end of all things, thoroughly exhausted and a little bit bored. Just remember, while you sleep and prepare for another week of work, all the awesome, attractive, designer-clothed celebrities are off getting smashed on expensive alcohol that they aren’t even paying for, so, y’know, joke’s on them. Night.

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