BAFTA Awards 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London
by Elizabeth Menon

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BAFTA Awards 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London!

Steve McQueen's film on slavery, '12 Years a Slave' receives the award for the Best Film and Chiwetel Ejiofor, the Best Actor award for his performance in the film!

The 'British Academy Film and Television Arts' (BAFTA) awards were announced tonight at a gala function at the prestigious Royal Opera House in London, hosted by the inimitable, Stephen Fry, who has made it into an art form over the years! Prince William presented the BAFTA's 'Fellowship' to Dame Helen Mirren. Cate Blanchett received the Best Actress award for her title role in 'Blue Jasmine'. Director Alfonso Cuarón's 'Gravity' topped the table with six awards, including the Best Director, Best outstanding British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Visual effects, Best Sound and Best Music! Peter Greenaway was honoured for his outstanding contribution to British Films.

The great British Actor Jeremy Irons accompanied Prince William when he presented the Fellowship award to Dame Helen Mirren. Stephen Fry's comments as he introduced the Prince and Mr Irons, "Probably the first time the Prince will ever get close to an 'Iron' and Mr Iron to get close to a 'King', as in 'King and I'! His sense of humour was applauded by everyone in the special audience at the Opera House!

'American Hustle' claimed three awards: best original screenplay, best make up/hair and an award for Jennifer Lawrence as best supporting actress. Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay for 'Philomena', a spectacular film with Dame Judy Dench and Steve Coogan in the lead roles! The newcomer Barkhad Adbi was named best supporting actor for his part as a Somali pirate in 'Captain Phillips'. It was a great evening where the Best of British Film Industry were honoured. And the dear departed ones in the Industry were remembered -- Peter O'Toole, Philip Seymour Hoffman, to name a few, and may their souls RIP!

It was rather poignant to listen to Steve McQueen, the Director of '12 Years a Slave' in his acceptance speech when he said, "I hope our bivalence doesn't make us make another film like '12 Years a Slave' in 150 years' time! We all have to do what each of us can, to end slavery, child trafficking, ill-treatment of women and children, etc!

© E Menon



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