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12 Years A Slave wins top prize at BAFTA Awards

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"Gravity" won six prizes, "American Hustle" won three awards, and the best film went to "12 Years A Slave" at this year's BAFTA Awards.

" In his speech, helmer-producer (12 Years A Slave) Steve McQueen said that there were “21 million people living in slavery as we sit here now,” stated Variety in today's review (Fevruary 16). For more visit http://www.variety.com. "McQueen was joined at the event by fellow producers Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner," added the report.

Cate Blanchett wins for Blue Jasmine

"The honor for leading actress went to Cate Blanchett for “Blue Jasmine.” She dedicated the award to “the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman.” “You raised the bar so very high… So, Phil, this is for you, you bastard. I hope you are proud,” she said at the BAFTA Awards, added Variety.

"Cuaron took the director prize for “Gravity.” He said he considered himself to be part of the British film industry as he had lived in the U.K. for 13 years, and had made half of his films in the country," added Variety. “I guess I make a very good case for curbing immigration,” he joked — a reference perhaps to the ongoing debate in the U.K. about the benefits and costs of immigration."

Chiwetel Ejiofor wins for his stunning portrayal in 12 Years A Slave

"The leading actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for “12 Years a Slave.” He paid tribute to McQueen, and said that the award really belonged to the helmer. “It’s yours. I’m going to keep it, but it is yours,” he said at The BAFTA Awards, added Variety.

"The adapted screenplay prize went to Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for “Philomena.” Coogan thanked “the real Philomena,” who was in the audience. He said that she had had her voice heard in the Vatican, but there were thousands of other women who were still searching for their children," added Variety. "The award for original screenplay went to “American Hustle’s” David O. Russell and Eric Warren Singer, who said he had been “breastfed at a very early age on British cinema.”

“American Hustle’s” Jennifer Lawrence nabbed the prize for supporting actress," added Variety. This win secures Lawrence's spot of ingenue at the moment perhaps paving the way for a possible second Oscar on Oscar night..

The prize for cinematography went to Emmanuel Lubezki for “Gravity,” added Variety. "The award for supporting actor was picked up by Barkhad Abdi for “Captain Phillips.” He thanked the performers who played the other pirates in the film. “We came from nothing and I got this (the BAFTA),” he said, added Variety.

"The (BAFTA) awards, which were hosted by thesp Stephen Fry, were attended by Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and nominated thesps Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Matt Damon and Christian Bale," added Variety. "Other nominated thesps attending included Oprah Winfrey, Sandra Bullock, Amy Adams, Michael Fassbender, Steve Coogan, Sally Hawkins, Lupita Nyong’o, Daniel Bruhl, Emma Thompson, Bradley Cooper, Bruce Dern and Judi Dench."

"Nominated helmers who attended were Ron Howard, Martin Scorsese, Cuaron, McQueen, David O. Russell and Paul Greengrass. Presenters and other attendees included Alicia Vikander, Benedict Cumberbatch, Christoph Waltz, Douglas Booth, Eddie Redmayne, Gillian Anderson, Helen McCrory, Imogen Poots, Jack Huston, Jeremy Irons, Joely Richardson, Juliet Stevenson, Luke Evans, Kiefer Sutherland, Maggie Gyllenhall, Matthew Modine, Michael Sheen, Niki Lauda, Ray Winstone, Richard E. Grant, Sam Claflin, Samantha Barks, Stanley Tucci and Uma Thurman," added the report. All in all Staten Island fans, not a bad warm-up for Oscar night. Stay tuned!

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