Last night, a whirlwind of British talent came through the doors of the Royal Opera House as the biggest British Film Awards kicked off. With the big favourites 12 Years A Slave, American Hustle and Gravity poised to take awards and with a lot of upset at previous awards, could there be a massive bout of disappointment at this year’s awards or will there be a glorious array of deserved winners, beaming down gladly on everyone as we praise the BAFTAs?
Well, what do you think?
Nyong’o also lost out with EE Rising Star Award seeing young favourite Will Poulter accept the award. However, proving that despite his long career dating back to his childhood days, Poulter is humble and altogether adorable. His speech probably won a lot of people over so the anger for Lupita not winning this one faded the moment Poulter opened his mouth.
Barkhard Abdi surprised everyone by scooping Best Supporting Actor for Captain Phillips. Abdi was barely thought about in the up-run to the awards but think back to his performance, he is astute and incredible as a Somali Pirate, layering an villain role with humanity and urgency. Well-deserved and well done!
British talented triumphed in Best Adapted Screenplay for Steve Coogan and his writing partner Jeff Pope. Bagging the award for Philomena, the men praised the real life story of the character and the thousands who have similar stories.
Cate Blanchett scoops up the award for Best Actress for her work in Blue Jasmine and now is a dead cert for the Oscar. Speaking last night, she dedicated her award to the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman reminding us of a talent that was robbed too soon.
Rightly so Best Outstanding British Debut goes to Kieran Evans for Kelly + Victor and if you haven’t seen that work then I urge you now to do so because it is a thrilling, compelling and a very impressive movie to kick off a career.
Best Short Film goes to the impressive Room 8 and Best Animation to Sleeping With The Fishes. Both of these are great winners!
The Great Gatsby won two for Best Production and Best Costume Design. And Disney's epic new animation Frozen scooped Best Animation which is a triumph for the studios first female director Jennifer Lee. Ron Howards' Rush one an award for Best Editing.
In honour of the legends who have dedicated their life to cinema. Outstanding Achievement goes to Paul Greenaway and Fellowship Award to Helen Mirren, who close the night with a speech from The Tempest.
What do you think of the awards? Read the full list of winnershere