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UPDATED: Gravity wins at BAFTA


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LONDON (AP) – Space thriller Gravity was named best British movie at the British Academy Film Awards today, taking the first trophy of the night.
The special-effects extravaganza also scooped up early prizes for sound and music.
Made in the U.K. by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Gravity has 11 nominations in all for Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars, and is a favourite to take the overall best-picture prize.
David O. Russell’s con-artist caper American Hustle and Steve McQueen’s unflinching 12 Years a Slave are the other front-runners, with 10 nominations apiece.
The supporting actor prize went to Barkhad Abdi, who made an explosive screen debut as a Somali pirate in Captain Phillips, while Jennifer Lawrence was named best supporting actress for American Hustle.
American Hustle also won the hair and makeup prize for its spectacular 70s stylings, while the The Great Gatsby – little-rewarded so far this awards season – took trophies for costumes and production design.
The temperature in London was hardly Hollywood, but Britain’s fickle weather relented ahead of today’s ceremony. The sun shone as nominees including Wolf of Wall Street star Leonardo DiCaprio and 12 Years a Slave performer Lupita Nyong’o – striking in a green Dior gown – walked the red carpet outside London’s Royal Opera House.
The BAFTAs have become an essential stop for many Hollywood stars ahead of the Academy Awards, held this year on March 2.
List of Awards:
Film — 12 Years a Slave
British Film — Gravity
Director — Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Actor — Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Actress — Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor — Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress — Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Rising Star — Will Poulter
British Debut — Writer-director Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
Original Screenplay — Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell, American Hustle
Adapted Screenplay — Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope, Philomena
Film Not in the English Language — The Great Beauty
Music — Gravity
Cinematography — Gravity
Editing — Rush
Production Design — The Great Gatsby
Costume Design — The Great Gatsby
Sound — Gravity
Visual Effects — Gravity
Makeup and Hair — American Hustle
Animated Feature — Frozen
Short Film — Room 8
Short Animation — Sleeping With the Fishes
Documentary — The Act of Killing
Outstanding British Contribution to British Cinema — Peter Greenaway
Academy Fellowship — Helen Mirren


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