Last night London’s Royal Opera House in Covent Garden hosted the British Academy of Film and Television Awards. Hosted for the ninth consecutive year by comedian Stephen Fry, the prestigious British awards ceremony welcomed guests including Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey, Amy Adams, Dame Judi Dench, Bradley Cooper, Michael Fassbender and Tom Hanks among others.
Gravity was the winner of the night, and was awarded six of its eleven nominations, including: British Film, Visual Effects, Cinematography, Sound, Original Music and Director. Despite 12 Years A Slave losing out in eight categories, it took home two of the night’s most coveted awards: Best Actor which was awarded to Chiwetel Ejiofor (who was nominated in the BAFTAs Rising Star category seven years ago) and Best Film.
Cate Blanchett paid tribute to her ‘buddy’ the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman ‘a continual, profound touchstone’, when she collected her Best Actress award for her powerful portrayal of latter-day Blanche Du Bois in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine.
Jennifer Lawrence, who was unable to attend the ceremony due to filming commitments, won the Best Supporting Actress award for her performance as Christian Bale’s outspoken erratic wife in the hugely popular American Hustle. The big surprise of the night was in the Best Supporting Actor category, for which it was widely expected that Michael Fassbender would win for his role in 12 Years A Slave. However it was Barkhad Abdi from Captain Phillips who took home the award.
Prince William, the academy’s president awarded Dame Helen Mirren with the British Academy Fellowship, its highest accolade.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were the showstoppers in the style-stakes, wearing matching Saint Laurent tuxedo suits. Amy Adams also wowed in an elegant Victoria Beckham black gown. Dame Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett both looked suitably demure in black gowns with floral and sequin embellishment. 12 Years A Slave star Lupita Nyong’o lit up an otherwise slightly muted red carpet in a beautiful emerald green statuesque Christian Dior dress. Emma Thompson similarly chose a bold red gown.
Grey Goose Vodka hosted the Entertainment One BAFTA after-party at the Berners Tavern at The London Edition Hotel, where Tinie Tempah was seen cosying up to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
The BAFTA awards are known to wield influence on the outcome at the Oscars (taking place on 2nd March). Members of the Academy still have 9 days to cast their votes, and with the inclusion of Dallas Buyers Club (whose release date was too late for the BAFTAs) this year’s awards are not necessarily predictable. I’m sure that won’t stop the Fashion & Lifestyle team from placing their bets!
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