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5 Things To Expect At The Oscars After Last Night's BAFTA Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 17, 2014 12:05 PM
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Less than two weeks remain until the Academy Awards, and Sunday night brought the last major ceremony (excluding the Spirit Awards, which plays in a slightly different sandbox) before then: Oscar's cousin from across the Atlantic, the BAFTAs. As you might have seen, "Gravity" won the most trophies, with six BAFTAs including Best Director and Best British Film, but it was "12 Years A Slave" that came away with the big prize of Best Film, while also picking up Best Actor for Chiwetel Ejiofor. The winners, losers, and everyone else in the British film industry are currently struggling to get over their hangovers, but for everyone else, the question lingers -- how, if at all, does it affect the Oscar race?

Watch: Cate Blanchett Dedicates BAFTA Win To Philip Seymour Hoffman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 17, 2014 9:00 AM
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Cate Blanchett
Last night across the pond, the BAFTAs were handed out, once again giving prognosticators something to think about, particularly as they are the last major awards before the Oscars (full list of winners here). And essentially, there is no frontrunner, with "Gravity" taking six awards, but "12 Years A Slave" winning the key categories of Best Film and Best Actor. But one sure thing is Cate Blanchett who has pretty much won everything this awards season for her turn in "Blue Jasmine," and she used her time in the winner's circle last night to honor a late, great talent.

'Gravity' Wins 6 At 2014 BAFTAs But '12 Years A Slave' Takes Best Film & Actor

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 16, 2014 4:35 PM
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Gravity and 12 Years A Slave
After a few weeks off from awards ceremonies, the two-week homestretch of the season, ahead of the Oscars two weeks from now, gets underway tonight with the 2014 BAFTA Awards. The British Academy of Film and Television Arts have, in recent years, become an increasingly convincing predictor of which way the Academy will go, though as ever, there's always some differences (last year, for instance, saw "Amour" star Emmanuelle Riva take Best Actress).

'Gravity' And '12 Years A Slave' Lead 2014 BAFTA Nominations

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 8, 2014 2:57 AM
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Gravity
Awards season ticks along and the wee hours of this morning have brought an announcement from the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts, or BAFTA, that as ever, is full of surprises. "Gravity" leads the field with eleven nominations, with "12 Years a Slave" and "American Hustle" just behind with ten, and "Captain Phillips" with nine. "Saving Mr. Banks" also did well with five, as did (surprisingly enough) "Behind the Candelabra," which got a theatrical release in the U.K., and was therefore eligible. Brit favorite "Philomena" also had a strong showing with four nods, joining "Gravity" in picking up nominations for Best Film and Best British Film.

'Argo' Wins Best Film & Best Director At The 2013 BAFTAs, Emmanuelle Riva Wins Best Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 10, 2013 2:01 PM
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Over the weekend, Hollywood's A-list have been flying into London, to be greeted by the traditional British February welcome of rain-that-sometimes-turns-into-snow, in order to brave tonight's British Academy of Film and Television Awards (or BAFTA Awards), the U.K. equivalent to the Oscars.
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Predicting The Winners Of The 2013 BAFTAs

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 8, 2013 3:03 PM
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We're two weeks out from the Academy Awards, but this weekend brings the last of the major precursor ceremonies (excluding the WGAs) before Oscars -- the British Academy Of Film and Television Arts Awards, or the BAFTAs. Historically leaning more towards celebrating homegrown fare than following the award season narratives, things have changed in the last few years with BAFTA moving the ceremony before the Oscars, and with a significant proportion of AMPAS members being British, it can be a good indicator of how things will go with the Academy.

BAFTA Unveils Great Illustrated Designs For Best Picture Nominees 'Argo,' 'Les Misérables,' 'Life Of Pi,' 'Lincoln' & 'Zero Dark Thirty'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2013 2:02 PM
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The Oscars aren't the only major awards ceremony in February that will attract movie stars and airheaded red carpet commentators in equal measure. Across the pond, the BAFTAs will hand out their trophies a couple weeks earlier, and attendees will get something nice too, just for showing up.

'Lincoln,' 'Les Miserables' & 'Life Of Pi' Lead BAFTA Nominations, Haneke & Tarantino On Best Director List

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 9, 2013 2:53 AM
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This week is so awards-heavy that the British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (or BAFTA, to their mum) had to squeeze their announcement in at 7.30 GMT, a time when it's dark in the U.K, New York and Los Angeles. And while BAFTA can often back British fare over the films that have otherwise dominated the awards conversation, this year saw them stick fairly closely to the awards narrative in general, with "Skyfall," "Best Exotic Marigold Hotel" and "Anna Karenina" all failing to sweep the board in the way that some had suggested (though all made the 'Best British Film' nominees).

'The Artist' Sweeps The BAFTAs With Wins For Picture, Actor, Director & Screenplay, Meryl Streep Takes Best Actress

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 12, 2012 2:18 PM
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We're coming into the last gasp of the awards season now, and while most eyes tonight will be on the Grammys, in the aftermath of the death of Whitney Houston yesterday, the Orange British Academy Film Awards are being given out at the Royal Opera House in London. It's one of the last major ceremonies of the calendar, two weeks before the Oscars, and whereas few surprises are expected there, BAFTA has the potential to make things a little more interesting.
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BAFTA Nominations Buck The Trend With Strong Showings For 'Drive,' 'Tinker Tailor' & 'My Week With Marilyn'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 17, 2012 3:09 AM
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BAFTA nominations were announced early/late/unreasonably late this morning by Daniel Radcliffe and Holliday Grainger, and after a pretty shoddy longlist, which serves mainly to drain the suspense from the nominations list and to let Emma Watson tell her friends "I was this close to a BAFTA nomination!," the organization redeemed itself to a degree.

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