Gravity was the Best British Film at the Baftas 2014. As for 12 Years a Slave by director Steve McQueen, it was the Best Overall Film and won without any controversy surrounding it. Gravity meanwhile was felt by many people not to have deserved the title of a British film.
Gravity was a bone of contention at the Baftas 2014. Its special effects were all accomplished with great acumen by a British team. But neither was it shot in Great Britain nor was its director an Englishman.
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So what are we to make of it? It is agreed upon that the actors were American and most of the stuff was vintage Hollywood. But what created the outer space atmosphere that really lent a sense of drama to the movie came from the UK.
The two astronauts lost in space without any contact with their earthly beings is a truly inspiring tale of ingenuity and bare survival. Sandra Bullock plays her part opposite the handsome and manly George Clooney.
Meanwhile, 12 Years a Slave showed the tale of slavery and how unfair it was. Yet to think that just a few hundred years ago this was the normal state of affairs throughout the world.
Chiwetel Ejiofor gave a rousing speech in which he spoke of how acting in the movie was a worthy learning experience. He in fact said that the award ought to go to the director instead. The conditions of slaves and how they were abducted and put to use as chattels in the slave trade is depicted in this realistic movie.
Steve McQueen said that it was a crying shame that so many poor people lived under the most despicable conditions of slavery in the world even today. Other actors and actresses who graced the occasion included: Leonardio DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt and Judi Dench.