British Academy Film Awards bring out the stars

Global News

LONDON – The force of Gravity was strong at the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday — but it was unflinching drama 12 Years a Slave that took the top prize.

Steve McQueen’s visceral, violent story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in the 19th-century U.S. South was named best picture. Its star, Chiwetel Ejiofor, took the male acting trophy.

Ejiofor thanked McQueen, a visual artist who turned to filmmaking with Hunger and Shame, for bringing the story to the screen.

Holding the trophy, the British actor told McQueen: “This is yours. I’m going to keep it — that’s the kind of guy I am — but it’s yours.”

McQueen reminded the ceremony’s black-tie audience that, in some parts of the world, slavery is not a thing of the past.

“There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here,” he said. “I just hope 150…

View original post 551 more words

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s