Adventures In Awards Season – Part 3: (BAFTA recap)

Last Sunday we saw the Annual BAFTA awards take place at the Royal Opera House in London. With only 1 week to go until the Oscars this was a final run through to see who will take the grand prize next weekend.

Where to begin? Well let’s start the red carpet. Many stars gathered on the red carpet outside the Royal Opera House from the likes of Oprah Winfrey to Brad & Angelina to The Duke of Cambridge. After all of the photos and interviews the celebrities went inside to a ‘warmer’ atmosphere and I mean that in every way possible and took their seats to be greeted by Stephen Fry, the host of the show.

Let’s just skip to the big winners –
12 Years A Slave took home the big award of Best Picture with director Steve McQueen making a heartfelt acceptance speech on behalf of the whole cast and crew.

Best British Picture went to Alfonso Cuaron’s ‘Gravity’, which for obvious reasons deserved this award. Cuaron also managed to scoop Best Director for his directorial triumph.

Best Actor went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his role in 12 Years A Slave, this win makes me think he might take it at the Oscars next week. It was a very good performance.

Best Supporting Actor went to Barkhad Abdi, which surprised me as I thought it was going to Jared Leto after all the success he has received throughout awards season.

Best Actress was one by none other than Cate Blanchett who had a very emotional acceptance speech in which she dedicated her award to her dear friend the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

And last but not least for the main categories was Best Supporting Actress and that went to Jennifer Lawrence, who unfortunately wasn’t at the event to collect her award due to filming but the ‘lovely’ David O. Russell collected it on her behalf.

In conclusion the BAFTA’s has really mixed things up and changed my predictions on who will win an Oscar on Sunday. The obvious winner will be Jennifer Lawrence for Best Supporting Actress but as for the lead roles I am stumped. I still think leading actress is between Cate Blanchett and Amy Adams as the Academy has this thing of surprising people last minute, and let me just tell you that, that is very brave of them. Very brave. As for Best Picture it is definitely between Gravity, 12 Years A Slave and Gravity. Best Supporting Actor is now between Jared Leto and Barkhad Abdi, honestly I thought it was Jared’s all along and Best Director is anyone’s game.


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