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BAFTAs 2014, On the Scene: Prince William holds court, while Oprah represents for American royalty

For Sunday’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, EW sent London-based reporter Matt Mueller to give his On the Scene report of the biggest night in filmmaking across the pond. WARNING: Britishisms ahoy!

It was an evening of princes, dames, and former talk-show queens at the BAFTAs — or, as they’re officially known but no one in Britain actually calls them, the EE BAFTAs (EE being the British Verizon, not to be rhymed with “wee,” the British slang for urine, but rather articulated like the poet e.e. cummings).

The red carpet walkway laid down before London’s Royal Opera House was covered entirely for the first time ever by a clear plastic rain refuge, which had been anchored 48 hours earlier in the midst of a blustery rain storm with 60 mph winds. An effortful feat of logistical planning, in other words, and, naturally, wholly redundant on the night: These were the first rain-free BAFTAs in years.

This year’s red carpet was like being on celebrity safari, with sightings few and far between to start with and less easily recognised species (Ruth Wilson, Daniel Bruhl, Will Poulter, Steve McQueen…) having to make do until the arrival of the charismatic megafauna. Chants of “Leo! Leo! Leo!” loudly spelled out the crowd’s most coveted sighting, but what began in dribs and drabs suddenly became a full-on A-list stampede as the big names materialised only to be herded swiftly along the red carpet in order to prepare for the security lockdown necessitated by the arrival of HRH the Duke of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William). Even Hollywood grand poobahs Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie were whisked along in their his-n-her tuxedos, while Michael Fassbender sprinted like a black-tied gazelle down the narrow corridor. There was little time to gab, although Lupita Nyong’o did stop to tell us that Ralph Fiennes is immensely proud of her success. She was a runner on the Kenyan shoot for The Constant Gardener and used to fret how much she was annoying him ferrying him back and forth to the set. READ FULL STORY

'12 Years a Slave' and 'Gravity' win big at the BAFTA Awards

12 Years a Slave won the Best Film trophy today at the BAFTA Film Awards in London. The movie’s star Chiwetel Ejiofor was also victorious in the Leading Actor category. Cate Blanchett won the Leading Actress award for Blue Jasmine while Alfonso Cuarón scored Best Director for Gravity, one of six wins for the Sandra Bullock-starring space drama. Jennifer Lawrence won Best Supporting Actress for American Hustle and Barkhad Abdi won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Captain Phillips.


'Gravity', 'American Hustle', '12 Years a Slave' lead BAFTA nominations

Britain’s highest film honor, the BAFTA Awards, announced nominations early Wednesday. The awards will be given out on Feb. 16 in London. Gravity leads the pack with 11 nominations, including nods for director Alfonso Cuarón and star Sandra Bullock. American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave each received 10 nominations, including nods for Amy Adams’ performance in Hustle and Michael Fassbender for supporting actor in 12 Years. HBO film Behind the Candelabra also received several nominations — it was released in theaters in the U.K.

Check out the full list of nominees below:

Dane DeHaan and Lupita Nyong'o nominated for BAFTA Rising Star award

Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o and Blue is the Warmest Color actress Lea Seydoux are among nominees for the British film academy’s Rising Star award.

Nyong’o made an acclaimed feature film debut in slavery epic 12 Years a Slave, while Seydoux plays half of a young French lesbian couple in the Cannes festival prize-winner.

Other finalists announced Monday include American actor Dane DeHaan, who plays a troubled poetic muse in Beat Generation saga Kill Your Darlings.

Two British actors round out the list — George MacKay, who stars in Proclaimers musical Sunshine on Leith, and Will Poulter of comedy We’re the Millers.

The winner will be decided by public vote and announced during the British Academy Film Awards — Britain’s equivalent to the Oscars — on Feb. 16.

BAFTA announces 2014 awards date, two weeks before Oscars

The 2014 EE British Academy Film Awards will take place on Feb. 16, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts announced today. This announcement comes right after news that the 2014 Oscars will take place on March 2. It also means that the BAFTA Awards will take place while the Winter Olympics are still going on in Sochi, Russia.

This year, the BAFTA successfully predicted Oscar winners for best film, actor, and supporting actor and actress. (However, Emmanuelle Riva won best actress and Ben Affleck took home best director at the British awards.)

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On the Scene: Ben Affleck charms BAFTAs, takes home top prizes for 'Argo'

Ben Affleck had them at “Good evening.” The organizers of the British Academy Film Awards (a.k.a. the BAFTAs: if you’re wondering what the ‘T’ stands for, it’s ‘television,’ now relegated to a separate ceremony) were surely fluttering their eyelashes at the Argo multi-hyphenate’s praise for their awards. He took to the stage with Bradley Cooper to present the night’s first award, Outstanding British Film, which went to the Bond film Skyfall, and uttered music to their ears: “Good evening, this is our first time at the BAFTAs and it’s thrilling to be here. I’ve always been a little bit in awe of the excellence of the British film industry.”

Maybe Affleck knew a grand night was in store: Argo bagged the night’s top prizes, Best Film and Best Director, as well as Best Editing. And Hollywood has been in agreement in recent years that it’s worth the transatlantic hop to brave BAFTA’s annually soggy red carpet (not much you can do about British weather), making one last stop before the Oscars. Even presenter Billy Connolly couldn’t dampen the mood when he insisted the BAFTA award resembled “a death mask on a stick.” Host Stephen Fry would have echoed the thoughts of the British film royalty gathered in the opulent Royal Opera House if he’d dared to utter: Hollywood, you like us, you really like us. READ FULL STORY

BAFTA winners announced, 'Argo' picks up Best Film and Director awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts handed out their awards Sunday in London. Argo walked away the big winner with Best Film and Best Director for Ben Affleck.

Lead acting prizes went to Daniel Day-Lewis for Lincoln and Emmanuelle Riva for Amour, with supporting awards going to Christolph Waltz for Django Unchained, and Anne Hathaway for Les Misérables. Click past the jump to take a look at the full list of winners.


'Lincoln' leads BAFTA race with 10 nominations


Lincoln led all films with 10 BAFTA nominations, but director Steven Spielberg was not among the five directors recognized by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, screenwriter Tony Kushner, and composer John Williams were among the Lincoln landslide, but the British Academy opted to reward Amour director Michael Hanake and Django Unchained auteur Quentin Tarantino, even though neither of those films were mentioned for Best Film.

Spielberg isn’t alone; Les Misérables director Tom Hooper was also overlooked. Both directors’ films  joined Oscar contenders Argo, Life of Pi, and Zero Dark Thirty in the race for Best Film. Les Misérables and Life of Pi were each nominated in nine categories, including nods for Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway; Skyfall earned eight nominations, Argo received seven nominations — including a Best Actor nod for Ben Affleck — and Anna Karenina has six. Django Unchained and Zero Dark Thirty were each nominated five times.

Click below for a complete list: READ FULL STORY

BAFTA names five to Rising Star Award shortlist

British Academy Film and Television Awards says 23-year-old British actress Juno Temple is one of five young stars shortlisted for the BAFTA Rising Star award.

Other actors in the running include Swedish actress Alicia Vikander, British-born Andrea Riseborough, Elizabeth Olsen of the United States, and India’s Suraj Sharma. The list was announced on Monday.

Temple says she is giddy about the nomination, especially as the winner will be chosen by the public.

Recently seen in William Friedkin’s Killer Joe, she appears in three movies at Sundance Film Festival and will also star with Angelina Jolie in Robert Stromberg’s Maleficent.

The BAFTA Film awards take place on Feb. 10 in London.

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