Bafta 2014 will be remembered as the year a black director won the coveted best film award for the epic slave story ‘12 Years A Slave’. Steve McQueen, who has previously won the Turner prize for his art is now the first black film maker to ever win the best Film Bafta award!
Well deserved congratulations also to Chiwetel Ejiofor for winning the best actor category. It’s been a long time coming for the actor who has been nominated for several awards over his 20 year acting career including the Golden Globes and Black Reel Award.
He has won recognition for his outstanding talent in the past, one of which was the Laurence Olivier award in 2007 for his performance in Othello. A Bafta nomination was a great honour the actor said, to have won must be even more fulfilling for the actor who’s sister, CNN presenter Zain Asher recently broke down while talking about his Oscar nomination.
It’s fingers crossed now for the Oscars. If he wins, he will be the first actor of Nigerian decent to have won it (We think…where’s Wikipedia?). Our fingers and toes and arms are all crossed and we wish him the best of luck.
Somalian born Barkad Abdi also went home with the best supporting actor award for his role in Captain Phillip which also starred Tom Hanks. The actor who had no previous acting experience before turning up for the casting call after reading the ad in the newspaper was thrilled to have won the award. In his thank you speech, he dedicated the award to his family and friends for their support. It goes to show that dreams can indeed come true doesn’t it?
Also, the belle of the award season (who else?….) Lupita Nyong’o didn’t win any awards in any of the categories she was nominated for :-(. She lost the best supporting actress award to Jennifer Lawrence for American Hustle and also missed the EE Rising star award which went to British actor Will Poulter who forgot the names of his fellow nominees in his thank you speech, bless him.
We’re still rooting for her to win at the Oscars though, go Lupita!
The highlights of the night were obviously Chiwetel Ejiofor winning the best actor award and 12 years a slave beating Gravity (which was another big winner on the night) for Best film.
Gravity was by far the biggest winner on the night scooping 6 awards including best British film
Dame Helen Mirren also gave a stirring speech after receiving the Bafta fellowship award from the Bafta President, Prince William.
Stephen Fry was an eloquent and captivating host as usual and did we mention that Tinie Tempah (Another British artist of Nigerian descent by the way) actually hi fived the future King of England? We’re going places Nigerians, that we certainly are.
Here are some of our favourite picks of the night
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