Movies In Focus Goes To The 2014 EE BAFTA Awards And The Full Winners List


The glitz, the glamour, the Baftas. Movies In Focus was once again on the red carpet for the 2014 EE Bafta Film Awards. The evening was much sunnier and warmer than last year’s event which saw the stars (and the less glamorous journalists) battered by wind, sleet and snow. This year’s ceremony had a great mix of movies – and the awards had a good spread too.

I walked the red carpet (always a thrill) and arrived at the bloggers pen next to The Royal Opera House (across from E News, which featured my visage all evening), where I was greeted by Mark Kermode. We talked about the awards and the mighty Michael Fassbender, who we both hoped would take home the Best Supporting Actor award (disappointingly, he didn’t). It was then on to business as the rich and famous (and the less rich and famous) began to arrive.

Ray Winstone, Gillian Anderson, Richard E. Grant and Christoph Waltz were amongst the first to appear, followed by Ron Howard and Martin Scorsese – the latter shot down the track like an Italian race car in the former’s Bafta nominated movie. Speaking of which, Rush star Daniel Bruhl then took to the carpet, moving along the press line. The American Hustle crew worked their stuff, director David O. Russell led the charge, followed by Amy Adams, Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper. Chiwetel Ejiofor moved along and then Saving Mr Banks and Captain Phillips star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson made their way past the waiting fans and press.

Tom Hardy and Eddie Redmayne are always popular with crowds,while Will Poulter popped over, letting us know that he was thrilled to be nominated for Rising Star (little did he know, that he’d win later in the evening). Captain Phillips director Paul Greengrass (I was an extra in his Bloody Sunday film over a decade ago) came over for a few words, clearly chuffed to have his edgy drama up for a few high profile awards.

A slew of other famous types streamed past including Oprah Winfrey, Uma Thurman, Helen Mirren, Steve Coogan, Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Michael Fassbender.

I suddenly became aware that Leonardo DiCaprio had arrived when screams of ‘Leo’ echoed down the red carpet. It looks like ‘Leo Mania’ is alive and well 17 years after Titanic was first released. He made his way along signing autographs and shaking hands – but I still haven’t forgiven him for the awful The Great Gatsby.

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived to cheers and screams, – they were always going to cause excitement when they rocked-up wearing matching dinner jackets. At that point the cameras really started to flash – you just can’t buy that type of star power. Well you can, but it’ll cost you $20 million a pop.

The last guest to arrive was Prince William, who made his way along and into the Royal Opera House, just before the show began. At that point I was whisked to Soho House where I watched the ceremony in the screening room, with a few liquid refreshments.

Movies In Focus On The 2014 Baftas

It’s great that 12 Years a Slave and Gravity had their moments to shine. You could have bet money that Slave would get Best Film, while Gravity was always a shoe-in for Best British Film (and the technical awards). Gravity has caused some controversy because of its mixed pedigree, but hey – who can really argue?

Chiwetel Ejiofor scored Best Actor – that’s no shock. Nobody else stood a chance – even if those ‘nobodies’ were Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Cate Blanchett won the Best Actress award she didn’t mention Woody Allen (I wonder why?), although she did come out and dedicate the award to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, which was classy.

Michael Fassbender was robbed. Barkhaad Abdi is a left field choice, but will people remember him in a decade? Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence continues to show that she’s an unstoppable awards magnet and and a box office star.

Adapted screenplay went to Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena. It’s a British choice and Coogan seems to be achieving a new style of success. On a side note, I saw him in Covent Garden with some fans well before the ceremony and he was gracious with photographs and autographs.

Kieran Evans won the outstanding newcomer award, besting Movies In Focus favourite Good Vibrations (Glenn Patterson and Colin Carberry ), while Will Poulter won the EE Rising Star award. He’s a nice kid and he was decent in We’re The Millers, but I feel this award was misplaced. Helen Mirren took home the Bafta Fellowship and Peter Greenway was awarded the Outstanding British Contribution to Film.

Sunday 16th February 2014 was a night that held few surprises. The films that won were sure things going in, but the event showed that Bafta continues to award (and nominate) an interesting variety of movies.

Complete Winners and Nominees List

Best Film
12 Years A Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips

Outstanding British Film
Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom
Saving Mr. Banks
The Selfish Giant

The Act Of Killing
The Armstrong Lie
Tim’s Vermeer
We Steal Secrets: The Story Of Wikileaks

Animated Film
Despicable Me 2
Monsters University

12 Years A Slave – Steve McQueen
American Hustle – David O. Russell
Captain Phillips – Paul Greengrass
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón
The Wolf Of Wall Street – Martin Scorsese

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

Leading Actress
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Daniel Brühl – Rush
Matt Damon – Behind The Candelabra
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years A Slave

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

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Dane Dehaan
George Mackay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter
Léa Seydoux

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer in 2014
Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson – Good Vibrations
Kelly Marcel – Saving Mr. Banks
Kieran Evans – Kelly + Victor
Paul Wright, Polly Stokes – For Those in Peril
Scott Graham – Shell

Film not in the English language
The Act Of Killing  – Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Blue Is The Warmest Colour – Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
Metro Manila  – Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier
Wadjda – Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

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

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

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

12 Years A Slave – Sean Bobbitt
Captain Phillips – Barry Ackroyd
Gravity – Emmanuel Lubezki
Inside Llewyn Davis – Bruno Delbonnel
Nebraska – Phedon Papamichael

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

Production Design
The Great Gatsby – Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
12 Years A Slave – Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
American Hustle – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
Behind The Candelabra – Howard Cummings, Barbara Munch-Cameron
Gravity – Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woollard

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

Make up and hair
American Hustle – Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell, Kathrine Gordon
Behind The Candelabra – Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
The Butler – Debra Denson, Candace Neal, Robert Stevenson, Matthew Mungle
The Great Gatsby – Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Gravity – Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
All Is Lost – Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur
Captain Phillips – Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney
Inside Llewyn Davis – Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff, Paul Urmson
Rush – Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

Special visual effects
Gravity – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
Iron Man 3 – Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick
Pacific Rim – Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
Star Trek Into Darkness – Roger Guyett, Patrick Tubach, Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton

British short animation
Sleeping With The Fishes – James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
Everything I Can See From Here – Bjorn-Erik Aschim, Friederike Nicolaus, Sam Taylor
I Am Tom Moody – Ainslie Henderson

British short film
Room 8 – James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
Island Queen – Ben Mallaby, Nat Luurtsema, Emma Hughes
Keeping Up With The Joneses – Megan Rubens, Michael Pearce, Selina Lim
Orbit Ever After – Chee-Lan Chan, Jamie Stone, Len Rowles
Sea View – Anna Duffield, Jane Linfoot