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Congratulations to British-Nigerian actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for picking up his first major award.

At the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 held Sunday 16th February 2014, the 12 Years a Slave actor beat Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks for the Leading Actor award.

In his acceptance speech, he thanked the movie’s director Steve McQueen, the cast of the movie especially Michael Fassbender, his mom and his late dad.

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Best Film
12 Years a Slave **WINNER**
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Gravity
Philomena

Director
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Alfonso Cuarón – Gravity **WINNER**
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

Leading Actor
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave **WINNER**
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips

Leading Actress
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine **WINNER**
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks
Judi Dench – Philomena
Sandra Bullock – Gravity

Somali-American actor Barkhad Abdi won the best supporting actor category. Watch his acceptance speech

Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips **WINNER**
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Matt Damon – Behind The Candelabra
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave

Supporting Actress
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle **WINNER**
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Oprah Winfrey – The Butler
Sally Hawkins – Blue Jasmine

Outstanding British Film
Gravity **WINNER**
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Philomena
Rush
Saving Mr. Banks
The Selfish Giant

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Colin Carberry (Writer), Glenn Patterson (Writer) Good Vibrations
Kelly Marcel (Writer) Saving Mr. Banks
Kieran Evans (Director/Writer) Kelly + Victor **WINNER**
Pauk Wright (Director/Writer), Polly Stokes (Producer) For Those in Peril
Scott Graham (Director/Writer) Shell

Film Not in English Language
The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer, Signe Byrge Sørensen
Blue is the Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche, Brahim Chioua, Vincent Maraval
The Great Beauty – Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima **WINNER**
Metro Manila – Sean Ellis, Mathilde Charpentier
Wadja – Haifaa Al-Mansour, Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul

Documentary
The Act of Killing – Joshua Oppenheimer **WINNER**
The Armstrong Lie – Alex Gibney
Blackfish – Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Tim’s Vermeer – Penn Jillette, Teller, Farley Ziegler
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks – Alex Gibney

Animated Film
Despicable Me 2 – Chris Renaud, Pierre Coffin
Frozen – Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee **WINNER**
Monsters University – Dan Scanlon

Original Screenplay
American Hustle – Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell **WINNER**
Blue Jasmine – Woody Allen
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón, Jonás Cuarón
Inside Llewyn Davis – Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Nebraska – Bob Nelson

Adapted Screenplay
12 YEARS A SLAVE – John Ridley
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – Richard LaGravenese
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Billy Ray
PHILOMENA – Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope **WINNER**
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Terence Winter

Original Music
12 YEARS A SLAVE – Hans Zimmer
THE BOOK THIEF – John Williams
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Henry Jackman
GRAVITY – Steven Price **WINNER**
SAVING MR. BANKS – Thomas Newman

Cinematograpgy
12 YEARS A SLAVE – Sean Bobbitt
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Barry Ackroyd
GRAVITY – Emmanuel Lubezki **WINNER**
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Bruno Delbonnel
NEBRASKA – Phedon Papamichael

Editing
12 YEARS A SLAVE – Joe Walker
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Christopher Rouse
GRAVITY – Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger
RUSH – Dan Hanley, Mike Hill **WINNER**
THE WOLF OF WALL STREET – Thelma Schoonmaker

Production Design
12 YEARS A SLAVE – Adam Stockhausen, Alice Baker
AMERICAN HUSTLE – Judy Becker, Heather Loeffler
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – Howard Cummings
GRAVITY – Andy Nicholson, Rosie Goodwin, Joanne Woodlard
THE GREAT GATSBY – Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn **WINNER**

Costume Design
AMERICAN HUSTLE – Michael Wilkinson
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – Ellen Mirojnick
THE GREAT GATSBY – Catherine Martin **WINNER**
THE INVISIBLE WOMAN – Michael O’Connor
SAVING MR. BANKS – Daniel Orlandi

Make-up & Hair
AMERICAN HUSTLE – Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell **WINNER**
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA – Kate Biscoe, Marie Larkin
THE BUTLER – Debra Denson, Beverly Jo Pryor, Candace Neal
THE GREAT GATSBY – Maurizio Silvi, Kerry Warn
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Peter Swords King, Richard Taylor, Rick Findlater

Sound
ALL IS LOST – Richard Hymns, Steve Boeddeker, Brandon Proctor, Micah Bloomberg, Gillian Arthur
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS – Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Mike Prestwood Smith, Chris Munro, Oliver Tarney
GRAVITY – Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro **WINNER**
INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS – Peter F. Kurland, Skip Lievsay, Greg Orloff
RUSH – Danny Hambrook, Martin Steyer, Stefan Korte, Markus Stemler, Frank Kruse

Special Visual Effects
GRAVITY – Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny **WINNER**
THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG – Joe Letteri, Eric Saindon, David Clayton, Eric Reynolds
IRON MAN 3 – Bryan Grill, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Dan Sudick
PACIFIC RIM – Hal Hickel, John Knoll, Lindy De Quattro, Nigel Sumner
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS – Ben Grossmann, Burt Dalton, Patrick Tubach, Roger Guyett

British Short Animation
EVERYTHING I CAN SEE FROM HERE
I AM TOM MOODY
SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES **WINNER**

British Short Film
ISLAND QUEEN
KEEPING UP WITH THE JONESES
ORBIT EVER AFTER
ROOM 8 **WINNER**
SEA VIEW

THE EE Rising Star Award
Dane DeHaan
George Mackay
Lupita Nyong’o
Will Poulter **WINNER**
Lea Seydoux

Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema
Awarded to Peter Greenaway

BAFTA Fellowship
Helen Mirren

26 Comments

  1. dapotinz

    February 17, 2014 at 1:55 am

    he won over Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street….. he won bcos he is British, if na America Awards, trust me he wont….

    • Bobosteke & Lara Bian

      February 17, 2014 at 11:05 am

      He won. Period.

  2. Blossom

    February 17, 2014 at 2:16 am

    He took WAAAAAYYYYYYY too long up there. O_O

  3. ebrufles

    February 17, 2014 at 2:51 am

    YES FINALLY

  4. Bossom

    February 17, 2014 at 3:35 am

    I watched the movie recently and as much as I love Leonardo de caprio n think he’s overdue for an oscar, I can’t help but pray Chiwetel wins it. Saying he was phenomenal is a seriously huge understatement. He owned that role. He portrayed that guy to a T. I wailed my eyes out cos I could feel the pain as intended. That’s the true mark of an actor. He deserves that oscar.

  5. jane

    February 17, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Barkhad is soo humble…May God bless your hustle,who God bless no man can curse! #Africaisbeingrepresented

  6. sηººÞ¬mιηι

    February 17, 2014 at 4:02 am

    congrats to him,am hapi 4 him
    sηººÞ¬mιηι

  7. BA

    February 17, 2014 at 4:24 am

    Very apt – Wow wow wow in Chigurl’s voice ehn Chiwetelu. Rock on brother!

  8. Leke

    February 17, 2014 at 4:56 am

    You can be anithing you want in life. This is another reason not to lose hope. Congrats guys

  9. I send small

    February 17, 2014 at 6:44 am

    That was beautiful Mr Ejiofor

  10. Sexxie

    February 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Finally! Congrats to Chiwetel! Well deserved.
    And to Cate Blanchett too, her performance in Blue Jasmine was amazing…one of my best films of 2013.
    And of course, Barkhad Abdi!
    Now I have to see Gravity. Thought it was too sci-fi for me.

  11. Beekay

    February 17, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Congratulations and we hope this is one of many to come.

  12. Wale

    February 17, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Happy for Chiwetel. I haven’t seen this movie in particular, but he has remained committed to his trade over the years and has done very well. Here’s to you. I am proud of the Somalian American actor too-it shows all you need in life is one big break and people that believe in you. Congrats!

  13. viv

    February 17, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Chinwetel, that was a well deserved award! i was in tears at the end of the movie. he did great with it. I actually feel proud that he’s a nigerian and has never denied his roots! way to go

  14. Que

    February 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

    BN you are too dramatic, what was emotional dere…. in other news, if you haven’t seen the film, PLEASE DO!!! It takes you thru all sorts of emotionss, I rmbr at some point asking God what he was doing when this was all going on…..Kai! #welivetofightanotherday. Bless him…I hope he gets d oscars too, I in my opinion based on these two chosen films, Chiwetel wins d oscars over dicaprio biko! Wish him d best..xx

    • Peaches77

      February 17, 2014 at 12:25 pm

      I swear to you. I asked same questions and more.. that movie, asides from all the emotions got me thinking sooo deeply, so tey i went to the bible and started searching to find reasons why the the African was punished like that in those days, at least for the jews, it was predicted, they have some kind of explanation for it. Chai! This world eh!

    • Blessmyheart

      February 17, 2014 at 10:12 pm

      I also kept saying to myself,”the whites were terribly wicked!”

  15. Anon

    February 17, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Supporting Actor
    Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips **WINNER**

    That was the stand out win. From nothing to this. Very well done.

    I saw Dallas Buyers Club last week and Matthew McConaughey gave a performance of his life. Up against, Chiwetel E and Leonardo D, I’ll pick him (I’ve seen both The Wolf of Wall Street and 12 Years A Slave.) The Oscars won’t.

  16. Mz Socially Awkward...

    February 17, 2014 at 11:52 am

    Yay Bakarhd, YAY!!!!! 😀 And well done to Chiwetel too.

    I see “Gravity” cleaned out as well…

  17. Turi

    February 17, 2014 at 1:02 pm

    Trust Oscars to come and mess with us… LOL! The awards for best lead actor might just go to Christian Bale… Much as i love Chiwetel’s acting, im rooting for Leonardo… I havent seen 12yrs yet, but to my mind, slave trade and its era have been over done. Every year there is one slave trade movie or the other and yes we cannot get over the fact that as blacks, africans and african americans we suffered but if feels like tortue every time i watch one.

    • Iris

      February 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

      I think there needs to be a movie about colonialism and the atrocities that were committed during that time as well. I’m not comparing suffering but the holocaust and slave trade weren’t the only large scale horrors to the psyche of humans. Colonalsim had such a damaging effect that even the victims don’t realise we’ve been damaged

    • Iris

      February 17, 2014 at 2:02 pm

      colonialism*

  18. Shocked One

    February 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I know we all talk abt Chiwetel and Lupita’s roles in this movie but I think Michael Fassbender was just as good. He played an amazing villain. Saw the movie for the 2nd time last night. Great stuff.

  19. lola

    February 17, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    his grilfriend Sari Mercer is super hot! there is more info and pics of her here dailyentertainmentnews.com/movies/sari-mercer-12-years-slave-actor-chiwetel-ejiofors-girlfriend/

  20. Former Slave

    February 17, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Lol on Colonialsm movie.

  21. NNENNE

    February 20, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Congratulations.

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