The Bafta film awards were dished out in London last night, and the prizes were sensible if hardly shocking. Historical tearjerker ’12 Years a Slave’ took Best Film along with Best Actor for the remarkable Chiwetel Ejiofor. Space drama ‘Gravity‘ quite rightly grabbed Best Director and, thanks to its roots in the studios and post-production houses of London, Best British Film. And crazy-haired comedy ‘American Hustle‘ had to make do with Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence, and an inevitable Hair and Makeup win. The rest of the haul was divided up between the likes of ‘Philomena‘, ‘Blue Jasmine‘ and ‘Captain Phillips’, while a pair of critically acclaimed international titles – ‘The Great Beauty‘ and ‘The Act of Killing‘ – won Best Foreign Film and Best Documentary.
So what does all this mean for the Oscars on March 2? Does ’12 Years a Slave’ now have the momentum to win big, or does the fact that its director, its star and half the production team were British mean that it simply has more goodwill on these isles? Has ‘American Hustle’ really been pushed to the back of the pack, or will its US-friendly storyline, easygoing nature and flashy performances see it grab the top prize after all? Or will ‘Gravity’ manage to translate what seems like a locked-in Best Director win for Alfonso Cuarón into Best Picture gold? It’s impossible to tell at this stage, which is a rare and precious state of affairs with the Oscars, where the frontrunner is usually tiresomely predictable months in advance.
We’ll bring you all the news as it happens, and until then satisfy your Oscar curiosity by visiting timeout.com/oscars, where you can find all of our predictions for this year’s ceremony alongside interviews with many of the nominees including stars Judi Dench and Chiwetel Ejiofor and directors Steve McQueen, David O Russell and Alfonso Cuarón.