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BAFTA 2014: Cate Blanchett, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity win big!

Last updated on: February 17, 2014 18:36 IST

BAFTA 2014: Cate Blanchett, 12 Years A Slave, Gravity win big!

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All the highlights from the recently concluded BAFTA awards, right here!

The 67th British Academy Film and Television awards, held at the Royal Opera House on February 16, in London, England felicitated some of the finest cinematic works from last year.

Frontrunner for the Best Actress nod at all awards this season -- she has already scooped up the Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild trophies -- Cate Blanchett emerged a winner at BAFTAs too.

Dressed in an elegant Alexander McQueen black gown with floral accents, the Australian beauty raised eyebrows as she diplomatically skipped thanking her Blue Jasmine director Woody Allen in her acceptance speech.

Here's a look at other highlights from the starry evening.

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Image: Cate Blanchett
Photographs: Chris Jackson/Staff/Getty Images
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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt

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Also having a good night at the do was actor-producer Brad Pitt, who arrived at the awards show with partner Angelina Jolie, the star couple dressed in identical tuxedos.

Pitt, co-producer of 12 Years a Slave, in which he also had a brief yet pivotal role, received the Best Film award with director Steve McQueen.


Image: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt
Photographs: Luke MacGregor/Reuters

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Chiwetel Ejiofor

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British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who picked up the Best Actor nod for his moving portrayal of a free black man forced into slavery in 12 Years A Slave, shows off his trophy.

The 36-year-old actor was accompanied by girlfriend Sari Mercer.


Image: Chiwetel Ejiofor
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Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman and Oprah Winfrey

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Director Alfonso Cuaron (left) and producer David Heyman pose with Oprah Winfrey after winning Outstanding British Film for Gravity at the Royal Opera House in London.

Accepting the award for his visually breathtaking film, Cuaron -- noting the category his film won in, joked, 'I make a good case for curbing immigration.'


Image: Alfonso Cuaron, David Heyman and Oprah Winfrey
Photographs: Chris Jackson/Staff/Getty Images

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Barkhad Abdi

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Actor Barkhad Abdi, winner of the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for his turn as a ruthless Somali pirate in Captain Phillips, receives a congratulatory hug from British acting stalwart Emma Thompson.

Thompson was nominated in the Best Actress category for Saving Mr Banks but lost out to Blanchett.


Image: Actor Barkhad Abdi and Emma Thomson
Photographs: Anthony Harvey/Stringer/Getty Images

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David O Russell, Stanley Tucci and Eric Warren Singer

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Writers Eric Warren Singer (right) and David O Russell (left) celebrate with actor Stanley Tucci after winning the Original Screenplay category for American Hustle.

The film also won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Jennifer Lawrence (who didn't attend the do), besting BAFTA favourite Sally Hawkins (Blue Jasmine).


Image: David O Russell, Stanley Tucci and Eric Warren Singer
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Dame Helen Mirren

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Dame Helen Mirren, seen here arriving on the red carpet in a stunning beaded number, was honoured with the BAFTA fellowship this year by Britain's Prince William.

Veteran English actor Jeremy Irons was overheard saying during the felicitation, 'Anything less would have been an oversight.'


Image: Dame Helen Mirren
Photographs: Chris Jackson/Staff/Getty Images

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Prince William

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Prince William, Duke of Cambridge accompanied by Amanda Berry OBE, Chief Executive of Bafta arrive at the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House in England.


Image: Prince William and Amanda Berry
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Niki Lauda

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Former Formula One racer Niki Lauda (right) arrives at the British Academy of Film and Arts (BAFTA) awards ceremony.

Rush, a biographical film based on Lauda's rivalry with his British rival James Hunt, was nominated in the Best British Film category.


Image: Niki Lauda
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Steve McQueen (centre) celebrates with Dede Gardner Anthony Katagas Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt

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Director Steve McQueen (centre) celebrates with Dede Gardner (left to right), Anthony Katagas, Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt after winning Best Film for 12 Years a Slave.


Image: Steve McQueen (centre) celebrates with Dede Gardner Anthony Katagas Jeremy Kleiner and Brad Pitt
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Martin Scorsese

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Wolf Of Wall Street director Martin Scorsese and producer Emma Koskoff were also spotted on the red carpet.

The film was passed over in all the three categories it was nominated in, including Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.


Image: Martin Scorsese
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Leonardo DiCaprio

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Marty's leading man cut a very fine figure in a classic black suit for the high profile event.

DiCaprio presented the Best Supporting Actress trophy for Lawrence.


Image: Leonardo DiCaprio
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

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Tom Hanks, who's had an exceptional year acting-wise -- he starred in Captain Phillips and in Saving Mr Banks as the late Walt Disney -- arrived with his gorgeous wife Rita Wilson.


Image: Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Photographs: Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

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