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'Gravity', '12 Years a Slave' lead BAFTA race

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2014-01-08

Alfonso Cuarón’s 3D space thriller “Gravity,” Steve McQueen’s slavery saga “12 Years a Slave” and David O. Russell’s crime caper “American Hustle” got an awards-season boost Wednesday with nominations from the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

The prizes are Britain’s equivalent of the Oscars.

“Gravity” led the pack with 11 nods, including best picture; best director, best actress for Sandra Bullock, best cinematography and best special effects.

“12 Years a Slave” garnered 10 nominations, including those for star Chiwetel Ejiofor, supporting actress and actor Lupita Nyong’o and Michael Fassbender, and director.

“American Hustle” also was nominated in 10 categories, while Paul Greengrass’s Somali hijacking story “Captain Phillips” received nine nods.

Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra”, which aired on TV channel HBO in the US but was released in cinemas across Europe, and “Saving Mr. Banks,” which tells the story behind the film adaptation of “Mary Poppins,” each got five nominations.

The list reflects the increasingly globalised nature of the movie business. “12 Years a Slave”, for example, finds a British director and star bringing an American story to the screen. Meanwhile, “Gravity” teams Hollywood icons Bullock and George Clooney with Mexican director Cuaron and British special-effects teams.

The prizes will be handed out at London’s Royal Opera House on February 16.

In recent years, the British awards have helped films like “Slumdog Millionaire,” ‘’The King’s Speech” and “The Artist” build buzz and momentum for subsequent success at the Oscars.

Last year, the Iran hostage drama “Argo” took the BAFTA for best film, and went on to win the best picture Oscar.

Below a list of the main nominations:

Best Film

“12 Years A Slave”
“American Hustle”
“Captain Phillips”
“Philomena”
“Gravity”

Best Actor

Leonardo DiCaprio, “The Wolf of Wall Street”
Christian Bale, “American Hustle”
Chiwetel Ejiofor, “12 Years a Slave”
Bruce Dern, “Nebraska”
Tom Hanks, “Captain Phillips”

Best Actress

Amy Adams, “American Hustle”
Emma Thompson, “Saving Mr. Banks”
Cate Blanchett, “Blue Jasmine”
Sandra Bullock, “Gravity”
Judi Dench, “Philomena”

Best Supporting Actor

Matt Damon, “Behind the Candelabra”
Bradley Cooper, “American Hustle”
Barkhad Abdi, “Captain Phillips”
Daniel Brühl, “Rush”
Michael Fassbender, “12 Years a Slave”

Best Supporting Actress

Jennifer Lawrence, “American Hustle”
Julia Roberts, “August: Osage County”
Lupita Nyong’o, “12 Years a Slave”
Sally Hawkins, “Blue Jasmine”
Oprah Winfrey, “The Butler”

Best Director

Paul Greengrass, “Captain Phillips”
David O. Russell, “American Hustle”
Steve McQueen, “12 Years A Slave”
Martin Scorsese, “The Wolf Of Wall Street”
Alfonso Cuarón, “Gravity”


(FRANCE 24 with AP)
 

Date created : 2014-01-08

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