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'Gravity,' '12 Years a Slave,' 'American Hustle' win big at 2014 BAFTA Awards

Best British Film: "Gravity," produced by Alfonso Cuarón (pictured at left) and David Heyman (pictured at right). Alfonso Cuarón also won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Director.
Best British Film: "Gravity," produced by Alfonso Cuarón (pictured at left) and David Heyman (pictured at right). Alfonso Cuarón also won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best Director.
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"Gravity," "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" were among the big winners at the 67th Annual BAFTA Awards, which were held at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb. 16, 2014.

Sandra Bullock and George Clooney in "Gravity"
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"Gravity" won six prizes (including Best British Film, since the movie was filmed in England), "American Hustle" won three awards, and "12 Years a Slave" won two prizes, including Best Film. Eligible movies were those released in the United Kingdom in 2013.

Helen Mirren was given the BAFTA Fellowship, which was presented to her by Prince William and Jeremy Irons. The BAFTA Fellowship is a non-competing category and is given for outstanding contributions to British films.

Other awards presenters at the ceremony included Christoph Waltz, Emma Thompson, Gillian Anderson, David Oyelowo, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Sheen.

"Dallas Buyers Club," which is one of the leading nominees at the 2014 Academy Awards, was not eligible for the 2014 BAFTA Awards since the movie was released in the U.K. in 2014.

In his acceptance speech for the Best Director award, "Gravity" director Alfonso Cuarón (who is a native of Mexico) said among his thank yous, "You cannot tell from my accent, but I consider myself a part of the British film industry. I've lived in London for the past 13 years, and I've done half of my films in the U.K." He joked, "I guess I make a very good case for curbing immigration."

Amid a long list of thank yous, "12 Years a Slave" director/producer Steve McQueen said in his acceptance speech for Best Film: "Right now, there 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope 150 years from now, our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film."

"12 Years a Slave" is based on the true story/memoir of Solomon Northup, an African-American who was kidnapped and enslaved for 12 years in the post-Civil War South in the 1800s.

Most of the winners were at the awards show to accept their awards. However, Jennifer Lawrence of "American Hustle," who won for Best Supporting Actress, was not at the ceremony because she was busy filming scene reshoots for "X-Men: Days of Future Past." "American Hustle" director/co-writer David O. Russell accepted the award on Lawrence's behalf.

The BAFTA Awards are voted on by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, except where otherwise noted. In 2014, the awards show was once again hosted by Stephen Fry, who has hosted the BAFTA ceremony several times.

Here is the complete list of winners:

Best Film: "12 Years a Slave," produced by Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Bill Pohlad, Arnon Milchan and Anthony Katagas

Best British Film: "Gravity," produced by Alfonso Cuarón and David Heyman

Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, "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"

Best Original Screenplay: "American Hustle," written by Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

Best Adapted Screenplay: "Philomena," written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

Best Foreign Film: "The Great Beauty," directed by Paolo Sorrentino; produced by Nicola Giuliano, Fabio Conversi and Francesca Cima

Best Documentary: "The Act of Killing," directed by Joshua Oppenheimer

Best Animation Film: "Frozen," directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee

Best Cinematography: "Gravity," Emmanuel Lubezki

Best Editing: "Rush," Dan Hanley and Mike Hill

Best Production Design: "The Great Gatsby," Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn

Best Costume Design: "The Great Gatsby," Catherine Martin

Best Make Up and Hair: "American Hustle," Evelyne Noraz and Lori McCoy-Bell

Best Sound: "Gravity," Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri and Chris Munro

Best Original Music: "Gravity," Steven Price

Best Special Visual Effects: "Gravity," Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny

Best British Short Animation: "Sleeping with the Fishes," James Walker, Sarah Woolner and Yousif Al-Khalifa

Best British Short Film: "Room 8," James W. Griffiths and Sophie Venner

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Keiran Evans, "Kelly + Victor"

The EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public): Will Poulter

BAFTA Fellowship: Helen Mirren

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