The BAFTAs asserts England's dominion over space by naming Gravity best British film

The BAFTAs asserts England's dominion over space by naming Gravity best British film

Thrilling to its depiction of a person allowed to perform their daily routine without the indecorous interloping of others, the BAFTAs bestowed several awards upon Gravity, in which Sandra Bullock is given the most awe-inspiring polite distance ever committed to film. Among the film’s six total honors was that of “Best British Film,” puzzling some critics as to why a movie starring two of America’s biggest stars, directed by Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuarón, qualified as “British.” Still, Gravity slipped in on technicalities, owing to its British producer, David Heyman, the use of British post-production facilities and effects artists, and the fact that the crown never officially rescinded its imperial control of outer space. It’s why Prince William is also technically King of the Moon.

Other big, not-very-British winners at the BAFTAs included 12 Years A Slave—which took Best Picture and Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor, but oddly, not Best Director for actual British person Steve McQueen—and American Hustle, where Jennifer Lawrence continued to bring the world together in wanting to see her give acceptance speeches. It was also possibly motivated by the rumor that Lawrence is planning a move to the UK, whereupon BAFTA can finally, formally give her an award as Best British Person. 

BEST FILM
12 Years A Slave

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Gravity

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Kieran Evans (writer/director), Kelly + Victor

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
The Great Beauty

DOCUMENTARY
The Act Of Killing

ANIMATED FILM
Frozen

DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Philomena, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope

LEADING ACTOR
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years A Slave

LEADING ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine

SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

ORIGINAL MUSIC
Gravity, Steven Price

CINEMATOGRAPHY
Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki

EDITING
Rush, Dan Hanley and Mike Hill

PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Great Gatsby 

COSTUME DESIGN
The Great Gatsby

MAKE UP & HAIR
American Hustle

SOUND
Gravity

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
Sleeping With The Fishes

BRITISH SHORT FILM
Room 8

THE EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
Will Poulter