'12 Years a Slave' wins big at BAFTAs

By Drum Digital
17 February 2014

Unflinching drama 12 Years a Slave has won the best-picture prize at the British Academy Film Awards while its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, was named best actor.

Ejiofor thanked director Steve McQueen for bringing to the screen the true story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century American South.

Holding the trophy on Sunday, he told McQueen: “This is yours. I’m going to keep it – that’s the kind of guy I am – but it’s yours.”

The best-actress prize went to Cate Blanchett for her turn as a socialite on the slide in Blue Jasmine. She dedicated the award to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died this month.

Alfonso Cuaron was named best director for Gravity – one of a clutch of prizes for the sci-fi thriller.

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- Sapa-AFP

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