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Chiwetel Ejiofor Wins Best Actor At The BAFTA’s

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Chiwetel Ejiofor, 36, was awarded the top prize at Sunday’s (16th Feb 16th BAFTA Awards. The Brit took home the Best Actor prize for his portrayal of Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s ’12 Years A Slave’.

“This is yours. I’m going to keep it – that’s the kind of guy I am – but it’s yours.” Chiwetel said to director, Steve McQueen, holding up his trophy. He also thanked “my mother who is here and my father who is not here, I love you too.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor is the second Black actor to win Best Actor at the Bafta’s, Sidney Poitier, won in 1958 for The Defiant Ones as Noah Cullen.

List of winners:
Adapted Screenplay – Philomena, Steve Coogan, Jeff Pope
Leading Actor – Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Animated Film – Frozen, Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee
Leading Actress – Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
British Short Animation – Sleeping With The Fishes, James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa
Make-Up And Hair – American Hustle, Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell, Kathrine Gordon
British Short Film – Room 8, James W. Griffiths, Sophie Venner
Original Film Music – Gravity, Steven Price
Cinematography – Gravity, Emmanuel Lubezki
Original Screenplay – American Hustle, Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell
Costume Design – The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Peter Greenaway
Outstanding British Film – Gravity, Alfonso Cuarón, David Heyman, Jonás Cuarón
Documentary – The Act Of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director or Producer – Kieran Evans, Kelly + Victor
EE Rising Star – Will Poulter
Production Design – The Great Gatsby, Catherine Martin, Beverley Dunn
Editing – Rush, Dan Hanley, Mike Hill
Sound – Gravity, Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro
Fellowship – Dame Helen Mirren
Film – 12 Years A Slave, Anthony Katagas, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Steve McQueen
Special Visual Effects – Gravity, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny
Film not in the English Language – The Great Beauty, Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima
Supporting Actor – Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress – Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle