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#BAFTAs made history!


I can’t remember if I watched the BAFTAs last year, but I certainly did last night! It was a good show all round really; even with American heavy weights such as Leonardo Dicaprio and Oprah Winfrey present, it was a night for Brits.

 

The show got started with some British music from Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula.

 

Photo: Getty images
Photo: Getty images

 

Steve McQueen became the first black film maker to win a BAFTA for Best Film (12 Years A Slave), in the charity awards 67 year history! Mr Chiwetel Ejiofor was the best Leading Actor on the night for the same film.

 

Photo: Bafta images via flickr
The film maker
Photo: Bafta images via flickr

 

The leading man Photo: Bafta images via flickr
The leading man
Photo: Bafta images via flickr

 

 

 

One of the nicest surprises of the night was Barkhad Abdi winning best Supporting Actor. Usually behind the camera directing music videos, Somalian-born Abdi attend an open call audition to win the role, starring alongside acting legend Tom Hanks in Captain Philips. I was also happy for Will Poulter who piped Lupita Nyong’o to the Rising Star Award. I liked him in the Chronicles of Narnia and Wild Bill, which you must see if you haven’t already!

 

Photo: Getty images
Photo: Getty images

 

Photo: Bafta images via flickr
Don’t mess with those eyebrows!
Photo: Bafta images via flickr

 

 

Overall, Gravity was the big winner of the night picking up 6 awards from 11 nominations at a well-attended show, even Mr. and Mrs. Smith came out to play…Bring on the Oscars!

 

Photo: Getty images
Photo: Getty images
Also flying the British flag... Naomie Harris Photo: Getty Images
Also flying the British flag… Naomie Harris
Photo: Getty Images

 

 

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It’s a numbers game


Two weeks ago I watched the 1993 film Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington for the first time! I have heard about it but obviously never got round to watching it. Naturally it got me thinking about how far the world has come in the war against HIV and AIDS and how much work still needs to be done, as I discussed in a previous post. December is a month known as the festive / religious season of Christmas, although now it’s more about the retail industry boosting profits than the real meaning of Christmas; red is the usual celebratory colour during this time. From 1st December I noticed people started to adorn themselves with red ribbons, not in preparation for Christmas but for World AIDS day.

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