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“12 Years a Slave” wins big at the BAFTAs

Actor Barkhad Abdi won a BAFTA for his role in Captain Phillips
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Over the weekend one of the big indicators, according to experts, of how the Academy Awards might go was held in London. It’s known as the BAFTAs which is an award for movies and television given out by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The awards, this year, were held the very night that members of the Academy could start voting on those awards. In recent years, the winners for the major awards such as Best Picture and the Best Acting awards have ended up being predictors of how the Academy Awards would follow.

This year, the big winner was 12 Years a Slave, which ended up winning two major awards: Best Picture and Best Actor. Another major winner, although some suggest this may not be an indicator of the Academy Awards, was Gravity. That film, starring Sandra Bullock, ended up winning Best Director and Best British Film.

American Hustle ended up winning Best Supporting Actress and Best Screenplay.

The Academy Awards is coming up fast with the awards presented on March 2, 2014 and the event will be hosted by Ellen Degeneres.

The winners of the major awards at the BAFTAs were as follows:

Best Picture: 12 Years a Slave
Best British Film: Gravity
Best Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle