Last Sunday, the 67th British Academy of Film Awards was held at the Royal Opera House in London. With March 2nd just a couple of weeks away, it was one of the last big award shows to happen before the Oscars come to town.

 

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12 Years A SlaveUnlike what happened at the Golden Globes this year, 12 Years a Slave won the Best Film award, while Alfonso Cuaron took home the Best Director prize for his work on Gravity. With a split like this happening twice, the question is whether this could happen at the Oscars this year. It’s possible, but I doubt it. I can’t see the Academy splitting Best Director and Best Picture two years in a row. Moreover, over the last 5 years, the Best Film winner at the BAFTA has also gone on to win in Best Picture category at the Oscars. I may very well be wrong, but expect 12 Years a Slave to win both.

 

The Best Leading Actor and Actress awards went to Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) and Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) respectively. No surprise there. These two were great in their respective films and both deserved to win. They both will probably go on to win the Oscars as well.

 

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The real surprise came in the Supporting Actor and Actress Category, in which Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips) and Jennifer Lawrence (American Hustle) won. Lawrence wasn’t too big of a surprise, but I would have liked to see it go to Lupita Nyong’o. Barkhad Abdi winning for Best Supporting Actor is a big story. This is a guy who went from driving limo’s to the big screen and put on the performance of a life time in his first role. That’s an impressive and inspirational win. He could win the Oscar, but it will probably go to Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club).

 

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Other BAFTA winners include American Hustle (Original Screenplay, Makeup and Hair), Philomena (Adapted Screenplay), Gravity (Cinematography, Sound, Music, Outstanding British Film), The Act of Killing (Documentary), Frozen (Animated Feature), and The Great Gatsby (Production Design, Costume Design).

 

Do you pay attention to the BAFTAs? Do you think they matter? Also, what are your Oscar predictions?  Let me know via the comment section below.