BAFTAs 2014 – And the winners are …

Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle were the big winners at last night’s BAFTAs.

While many were questioning the British connections to Gravity (winner of the Best British film), the biggest controversy of the night was the omission of James Gandolfini  in the In Memoriam segment.

Controversy aside, Stephen Fry again shone as the night’s host, showing other awards’ hosts how to host an  ceremony by being likeable, witty and fast (although to be fair, the BAFTAs are screened a couple of hours after the actual ceremony has begun so there is some editing – namely, cutting out a few of the winners).

Talking about winners, the standout speeches for me were from Cate Blanchett, Helen Mirren, Steve McQueen and Barkhad Abdi.

Cate Blanchett chose to honour Phillip Seymour Hoffman in her acceptance speech (Best Actress, Blue Jasmine). “Phil buddy, this is for you, you bastard. I hope you’re proud!”

Barkhad Abdi’s win for Best Supporting Actor (Captain Phillips) is one that movies are made of. Abdi had never acted before Paul Greengrass picked him for this role (in his acceptance speech he thanked Greengrass for “believing in me before I believed in myself”).

Abdi wasn’t the only one thrilled with his win so was most of the audience – but especially his co-star Tom Hanks. He cheered and wolf whistles as Abdi took to the stage to accept his award. Tom tweeted after the ceremony “Barkhad Abdi! BAFTA winner! He IS the captain now ! Somali champion !!! Hanx.”, along with this photo below.

tom hanks

On accepting the award for Best Film, Steve McQueen said,  “There are 21million people in slavery as we sit here.I just hope that 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow anotherfilmmaker to make this film!”

Prince WIlliam awarded the Fellowship award to Helen Mirren, or as he said, he should “refer to her as Granny”. I love that Helen Mirren referred to the power of great teachers in her acceptance speech

Below is a full list of winners

Outstanding British film – Gravity

Outstanding Animated Film – Frozen

Outstanding Debut by a British Director, Writer – Kieran Evans, Kelly & Victor

Outstanding Supporting Actor –  Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

Outstanding Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki, Gravity

Outstanding Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Outstanding Contribution to British cinema – Peter Greenaway

Outstanding Screenplay – Eric Warren Singer & David O Russell, American Hustle

Outstanding Adapted Screenplay Steve Coogan & Jeff Pope, Philomena

EE Rising Star Award – Will Poulter

Outstanding Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave

Outstanding Director – Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity

Outstanding Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

Outstanding Film – 12 Years A Slave

About The Bellissimo Files

Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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