2014 BAFTA Winners and Red Carpet Fashions – last night saw the 2014 BAFTAs being handed out at a star-studded evening hosted by Stephen Fry at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.
As far as the awards went the big winners on the night were the team behind the space sci-fi movie Gravity which won 6 prizes on the night while the 12 Years A Slave team will have been very pleased lifting the award for Best Film.
Although some are still a little surprised by the classification Gravity won the award for Best British Film with director Alfonso Cuaron (Y Tu Mamá También) picking up the Best Director prize as well as 4 other technical prizes.
The “is it or isn’t it a British film” debate rumbled on last night on Twitter long after the crowds at the Royal Albert Hall had gone home.Top movie publication Variety stated that they were happy the movie qualified for the British classification due to its ‘significant British involvement.” The other main trade journal Screen International seemed far less convinced of its right to be seen as a British movie stating that it would not pass the BFI classification to be classed as British. It should be noted that even though this is true the BAFTA rules are different to the BFI rules.
As far as the 2 major acting awards went the Best Actor award went to Chiwetel Ejiofor for his role as Solomon Northup in 12 Years a Slave. The Best Actress award is becoming something of a formality this year with Cate Blanchett picking up yet another gong for her performance in Blue Jasmine. She took the opportunity to pay tribute to the recently deceased Philip Seymour Hoffman who starred with her in the 1999 Anthony Minghela movie The Talented Mr Ripley. As she left the stage she looked to be very emotional following her heartfelt tribute.
The final winner to be mentioned is Dame Helen Mirren who picked up the highest award that can be bestowed by BAFTA the Fellowship award. Presenting the award were Prince William and Jeremy Irons which shows what the industry feels about the actress. After all it is not every day you get an Oscar-winning actor and a future King of England to pay tribute to you.
Irons is obviously a big fan of Mirren beyond just her acting and several times during his speech he mentioned her great sex appeal. Even though this is not quite so obviously used in her more recent roles there is still that “hot older woman” vibe that she brings to each performance even it must be said when she played the Queen. Perhaps Prince William should have said she should be referred to as sexy grandma!
On the red carpet 68-year old Mirren was also one of the night’s winners as she wore a stylish dark gown which had semi nude detailing on top that appeared to discretely show a glimpse of her bra and also featured a full ruffle skirt.
Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett also struck a blow for the older woman in another very stylish outfit,with the black Alexander McQueen gown showing off her great figure.
Again 12 Years A Slave actress Lupita Nyong’o got full marks from the fashion police with her striking emerald-green fishtail gown from designer Christian Dior. As well as getting her name known for a stunning acting performance we guess that Lupita will receive plenty of offers from fashion houses to wear their designer clothes over the next 12 months.
2 stunners on this year’s BAFTA red carpet were the French actress Olga Kurylenko and Michelle Rodriguez who was so keen to avoid a wardrobe malfunction that she had a man on hand all evening to ensure her boobs didn’t escape from the daringly low-cut dress.
Another eye-catching outfit came from Sherlock and Fleming star Lara Pulver who wore a see-through gown designed by Yuvna Kim that featured white feathers and leaves but most observers were too busy catching a glimpse of Lara’s flesh coloured underwear to notice the details.