'Slavery' and 'Gravity' dominate the BAFTAs

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'Slavery' and 'Gravity' dominate the BAFTAs

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The stars shone brightly on Sunday night at London’s British Academy Film awards, an event largely seen as a warm-up for next month’s Oscars.

Tipped to take a fair share of the honours, ’12 Years a Slave’ – which is a tale about a man tricked into slavery in pre-civil war United States – won Best Film and Best Actor.

Director Steve McQueen was determined to get his message across:

“There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope that 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film. Thank you so much for this trophy!”

Chiwetel Ejiofor took Best Actor for his role in the film.

But ’12 Years a Slave’ wasn’t the runaway success it had been tipped to be and Alfonso Cuaron took Best Director for the film ‘Gravity’ which also won ‘Outstanding British Film’ and four other awards.

‘Gravity’ stars Sandra Bullock and George Clooney.

Australian Cate Blanchett picked up Best Actress for Woody Allen’s tragicomedy ‘Blue Jasmine’ and there was a special Academy Fellowship for Dame Helen Mirren who has made playing the part of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth ll her very own.

If the BAFTAs are an indicator of Oscar success then it bodes well this year for the Brits.