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Best Film Nominees in 2014

9 February 2014
12 Years A Slave Director Steve McQueenBAFTA/ Brian Ritchie

Find out more about the Best Film category in 2014, which was won by 12 Years A Slave.

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WINNER: 12 Years A Slave

Best Film Winner: 12 Years A SlaveBAFTA/ Brian RitchieDirector; Steve McQueen Leading Actor Winner 2014: Chiwetel EjioforBAFTA/ Brian RitchieLeading Actor; Chiwetel Ejiofor

!!!Best Film Press Conference Interview Transcript at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 (149.4 KB)

12 Years A Slave12 Years A Slave

Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen

The true story of Solomon Northrup, a free man who was kidnapped and forced into slavery on cotton plantations.

This is McQueen’s third feature film. He won the Outstanding Debut category for his first feature, Hunger in 2008. Hunger was also nominated for Outstanding British Film, as was his second feature, Shame, in 2012. He is also nominated for Director and Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave. Prior to moving to features, McQueen was a successful video artist, and won the Turner Prize in 1999.

Best known as an actor, Pitt has been nominated for Leading Actor twice (for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Moneyball) and once for Supporting Actor (for Burn After Reading), but he was also nominated for Best Film in 2009 as the producer of The Departed.

Katagas’s previous films include Killing Them Softly and The Next Three Days; Gardner and Kleiner both previously produced World War Z and Eat Pray Love.

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American HustleAmerican Hustle

Charles Roven, Richard Suckle, Megan Ellison, Jonathan Gordon

A comedy about a pair of con artists who are forced by an FBI agent into participating in a elaborate sting operation on corrupt politicians.

Roven’s previous credits include Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Man of Steel, Get Smart and The Brothers Grimm; Suckle’s include The International and Scooby Doo. Ellison was nominated for Best Film for Zero Dark Thirty last year, and also produced Her this year; her other credits include The Master and Lawless.

Gordon also produced David O Russell’s previous film Silver Linings Playbook; his other credits include Executive Producer on The Adjustment Bureau, Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, and Good Will Hunting.

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Captain PhillipsCaptain Phillips

Scott Rudin, Dana Brunetti, Michael De Luca

Rudin has been nominated for Best Film five times (for The Truman Show, The Hours, No Country For Old Men, The Social Network and True Grit); he was also nominated for Outstanding British Film for The Hours and Iris, and for a the Feature category at the 2010 British Academy Children’s Awards for Fantastic Mr Fox.

Brunetti and De Luca were both also nominated for Best Film for The Social Network.

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With nine nominations, Rudin is the Film Awards’ most nominated individual never to have won a BAFTA; if he wins this year, this dubious honour will be shared between Christopher Boyes (sound) and Sidney Lumet (director/producer) who both have 8 nominations

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Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman

Gravity is the story of an astronaut’s struggle for survival when her shuttle is destroyed by space debris.

Cuarón won the Film Not in the English Language category for Pan’s Labyrinth in 2007, and the Feature Film category at the 2004 Children’s Awards for Harry Potter & The Prisoner Of Azkaban in 2004. He was also nominated for Outstanding British Film for Harry Potter, and for Film Not in the English Language and Original Screenplay for And Your Mother Too in 2003.

Heyman produced the Harry Potter films, for which he was nominated twice in this category and six times in the feature category at the British Academy Children’s Awards (winning twice). He was also nominated for a British Academy Television Award for producing the David Hare drama Page 8.

Gravity is also nominated for Outstanding British Film. Alfonso Cuaron is also nominated for Original Screenplay, Editing, Director and Best Film.

No film in 3D has yet won for Best Film. 3D films have won BAFTAs in other other categories including Hugo, Alice In Wonderland, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, Up, Toy Story 3_.

Previous nominations:

  • Cuarón Includes a British Academy Children’s Awards win
  • Heyman Includes six British Academy Children’s Award nominations (2 wins) and a British Academy Television Award nomination

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Tracey Seaward, Gabrielle Tana, Steve Coogan

The true story of a woman who set out to find the son she was forced to give up for adoption, aided by investigative journalist Martin Sixsmith (played by Coogan in the film).

Seaward won this category for The Queen, for which she was also nominated for Outstanding British Film. She was also nominated for Outstanding British film for Dirty Pretty Things.

Coogan has a number of Television Award nominations (and three wins) for his character Alan Partridge, and also won for his performance in The Trip in 2011. He was nominated for Outstanding Debut at the Film Awards for writing The Parole Officer, in which he also starred; his other film roles include 24 Hour Party People, Around the World in 80 Days, Night at the Museum, Coffee & Cigarettes, A Cock & Bull Story and this year’s Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa.

Tana’s other credits include Coriolanus, The Duchess and The Invisible Woman (nominated this year for Costume Design).

Philomena is also nominated for Outstanding British Film. Coogan is also nominated for Adapted Screenplay.

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  • Seaward
  • Coogan Includes 9 nominations (4 wins) for the British Academy Television Awards

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