This year’s red carpet was a traffic jam of celebrities who were hoarded in front of the media for photos. We had great weather for once and it was a great working evening.
Biggest BAFTA Award went, as expected, sadly, to Steve McQueen’s film, ’12 Years A Slave’. Hey, anything that stirs the white middle classes -unfounded- guilt about events that happened two centuries+ ago will always win a gong.
McQueen took to the stage to accept his award, along with the film’s producer, Brad Pitt.
He thanked the cast – “Lupita (Nyong’o), a star is born, Michael Fassbender, a genius, and the one and only Chiewetel Ejiofor” – before reminding the audience:
“There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope that 150 years from now, our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film. Thankyou.”
The film’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor also proved the bookies right, winning the BAFTA Award for Best Actor and saying “wow” repeatedly when he reached the stage.
Such happiness by all involved in this puerile ‘award’ when there are still millions upon millions of slaves in WORSE condition than that portrayed in the film was mind numbing and incomprehensible. Yes accept the award, but have a 1 minute silence for the millions still enslaved and tortured. How can you cheer and ‘woop’ when there are more slaves now than 200 years ago.
The stench of hypocrisy was nauseating. McQueen should make a film about the slavery in Africa today. Slavery has been suffered by ALL races worldwide. Serious questions need to be asked as to why black on black slavery today is ignored by all including the late Nelson Mandela.
Leading Actress gong went to the uber talented Cate Blanchett. She took to the stage to accept the award for Leading Actress.
And in a touching speech at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, Cate Blanchett dedicated her win to her late friend and actor, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
‘Phil buddy, this is for you,’ she said looking to the sky as she fought back tears, ‘I hope you’re proud.’
Describing the late actor as having been a ‘continual, profound touchstone’ for her, she said he ‘continually raised the bar’ and will be sorely missed for his monumental talent, generosity and quest for truth.
The 44-year-old Australian actress faced competition from Amy Adams, Sandra Bullock, Emma Thompson and Judi Dench for the award which recognised her role in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Looking youthful beyond her years, the mother-of-three teamed the form-fitting frock, which featured a silver floral print detail, with Roger Vivier heels.
Pulling her flaxen locks back into a cleanly styled braid, she kept her makeup simple with a delicate smoky eye and slick of nude lipstick.
The Australian star accessorised with diamond stud earrings and a statement Chopard necklace that broke up the gown’s high neckline.
Blue Jasmine is also nominated for Original Screenplay, competing against American Hustle, Gravity, Inside Llewyn Davis and Nebraska.
Naomi Harris, Brad Pitt
Christoph Waltz, Gillian Anderson
Steve McQueen, Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt
Martin Scorsese, Lupita Nyong’o
Tom Hanks, Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett, Leonardo Di Caprio
Olga Kurylenko, Amy Adams
BAFTA NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS:
“12 Years a Slave” – WINNER
Outstanding British Film
“Gravity” – WINNER
“Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom”
“Saving Mr. Banks”
“The Selfish Giant”
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer