By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
At this year’s British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), which is basically the UK’s version of the Academy Awards, 12 Years a Slave scored Best Picture and its main man, Chiwetel Ejiofor, won Best Actor. BAFTA started out as the British Film Academy in 1947, and is an independent charity whose mission is to “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.”
American A-list celebs made it down to this year’s BAFTA, like Leonardo DiCaprio, who was nominated for Best Actor for his party animal businessman character in The Wolf of Wall Street. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt showed up in style, with his and hers tuxedos on the red carpet, while bad girl Michelle Rodriguez blended leather punk threads with an elegant dress.
Gravity, which has been rocketing to the top in most of the awards shows this year, took Best British Film and Best Director, which just makes director Alfonso Cuarón’s chances of an Oscar that much brighter. It also landed Best Sound, Best Original Music, Best Special Visual Effects, and Best Cinematography. That’s out of this world!
As for the ladies, Cate Blanchett won Best Actress for Blue Jasmine, where she portrayed a rich Manhattan woman who falls into poverty and homelessness, and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress for her role as an unpredictable and feisty wife in American Hustle. Speaking of “Best Supporting”, Barkhad Abdi’s performance as the Somali pirate in Captain Phillips was enough to beat out Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender, Matt Damon, and Daniel Brühl for Best Supporting Actor.
Helen Mirren received the British Academy Fellowship, which is a lifetime achievement award that legendary greats like Charlie Chaplin, Alfred Hitchcock, Elizabeth Taylor, and Judi Dench have won before. “You think, ‘My God, I’ve got to talk about my whole life,'” said Mirren, describing how nervous she was for the acceptance speech. “Not only my whole life — what movies mean, what movies mean to me, what they mean to all of us. And do it all in two minutes.”
Images courtesy of BAFTA Facebook.