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Gravity crowned outstanding British film at top UK film awards

Published on Feb 17, 2014 5:49 AM
 
(From left) Neil Corbould, Nikki Penny, David Shirk, Chris Lawrence and Tim Webber pose with their awards for special visual effects for their work on the film Gravity at the Bafta British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House in London on Feb 16, 2014. Gravity was crowned the outstanding British film at the UK's top film honours on Sunday, with the harrowing drama 12 Years A Slave tipped to emerge as the night's major winner. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - The space thriller Gravity was crowned the outstanding British film at the UK's top film honours on Sunday, with the harrowing drama 12 Years A Slave tipped to emerge as the night's major winner.

Hollywood stars including Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, both in tuxedos, descended on London for the British Academy Film Awards (Baftas), which come two weeks before the Academy Awards and are widely seen as indicators of Oscar success.

Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, was leading the field as the evening started with 11 Bafta nominations, just ahead of 12 Years A Slave and American Hustle, each running in 10 categories.

But British director Steve McQueen was tipped for major wins with his unflinching 12 Years A Slave, which has already grabbed a slew of awards and is a hot favourite for the Oscars.

 
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