BAFTAs Round-Up

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The British Academy Film Awards took place last night and here's our round up of the highlights!

Gravity was last night's big winner, with its cast and crew walking away with 6 awards including Outstanding British Film in 2014.

Director Alfonso Cuarón also won a gong of his own, and the film swept Sound, Special Visual Effects, and Original Music and Cinematography.

American Hustle had a great night taking home three awards including Best Supporting Actress, Best Original Screenplay, and Makeup & Hair.

12 Years a Slave was another big winner, picking up the award for best Film, meanwhile its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, won for Leading Actor.

Cate Blanchett picked up the award for Leading Actress for her performance in Blue Jasmine, deadicating the win to the late Philip Seymour Hoffman, with whom she co-starred in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999).

The Supporting role BAFTAs were awarded to Barkhad Abdi for his portrayal of a Somali pirate in Paul Greengrass' Captain Phillips. Jennifer Lawrence won once again for her performance in American Hustle, with strong competition from Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Lupita Nyong'o and Sally Hawkins.

In the Documentary category, it was a strong year. Oscar-contender and critic favourite The Act Of Killing won out over top contenders like Blackfish, Alex Gibney's double nomination for The Armstrong Lie and We Steal Secrets, and American magician duo Penn and Teller's Tim’s Vermeer.

The award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer went to Kieran Evans for Kelly + Victor, beating out top British talent like Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson (Good Vibrations), Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks), Paul Wright and Polly Stokes (For Those in Peril, EIFF 2013), and Scott Graham (Shell).

This year's short film winners included Room 8 by James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner for British Short Film in 2014. The award for British Short Animation went to James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa for Sleeping With The Fishes, which screened as part of the McLaren Animation strand at EIFF 2013.

EIFF sends its warm congratulations to everyone who won, as well as all of the nominees!

Find the full list of nominees and winners on the BAFTA website at

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