12 Years A Slave has done it again — this time, overseas!
The awards season favorite took home the top prize at Sunday’s British Academy Film and Television Arts awards, scoring best film and actor honors. Director Steve McQueen accepted the best movie trophy in his home country and used the platform to educate the audience on the reality of modern-day slavery.
“There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here,” said the filmmaker, who also serves as an ambassador for Anti-Slavery International. “I just hope 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film.”
The film’s lead Chiwetel Ejiofor beat Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern and Christian Bale for the best actor award. During his acceptance speech, Ejiofor thanked McQueen for bringing the true story of Solomon Northup, a free Black man kidnapped and sold into slavery, to life.
“This is yours. I’m going to keep it – that’s the kind of guy I am – but it’s yours,” he said.
Alfonso Cuarón ’s Gravity also won big with six awards, the most of the evening.
In related fashion news, the film’s award-winning star Lupita Nyong’o hit the red carpet wearing a green Christian Dior dress, alongside her mom Dorothy who wore a blue ensemble by Kenyan designer Kiko Romeo.
Oprah was sewn into her Stella McCartney dress for the BAFTA. She shared a video of the crimson gown on Instagram and wrote, “It’s an hour to go, and this is Raj and Giuseppe, who are literally stitching me into my gown for the red carpet.”
The media mogul, who was nominated for her supporting actress role in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, ultimately lost to American Hustle’s Jennifer Lawrence.
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2014 Golden Globes: The Best & Worst Dressed
1. 2014 Golden Globes: The Best & Worst Dressed
The first official red carpet of 2014 finally arrived and it did not disappoint. The 71st Annual Golden Globes brought out a sleek European-couture inspired theme. With gowns that indulged in sharp structures and fierce outlines, these starlets called on the best of the best to parade down the carpet tonight. Check out who rocked the red carpet, and who--maybe should have hired (or fired) a stylist.
2. Kerry Washington in Balenciaga
BEST: I don't know what I like more--Kerry's gown or her baby bump! Bravo.
3. Paula Patton in Charlotte Olympia
BEST: This is a daring fashion choice, but I'm in love with it.
4. Sofia Vergara in Zac Posen
SOMEWHERE IN THE MIDDLE: I have yet to decide how I feel about this huge black "Wizard of Oz" inspired gown. Nope, not sure.
5. Lupita Nyong'o in Ralph Lauren
BEST EVER!: Lupita is not only the breakout star of 2013-2014, but she's positioning herself as a red carpet diva. She's done NO wrong with each appearance. #ADORE.
6. Gabourey Sidibe in custom Michael Costello
7. Angela Bassett
BEST: I mean can she get any more gorgeous? What kinda of water is she drinking?
8. Rashida Jones
WORST: Are those palm trees?
9. Usher Raymond
BEST: Well hello Mr.Raymond.
10. Zoe Saldana in Prabal Gurung
WORST: I know that reads Prabal Gurung, but it certainly looks like Gordon Gartrell?!
11. Rocsi Diaz in J. Mendel
WORST: I adore Rocsi, but this gown is ill-fitting and we've seen this entertainment reporter look way better.
12. Margot Robbie in Gucci
BEST: That slit, that pose--WERK!
13. Idris Elba & his girlfriend Naiyana Garth in Tiffany Rose
BEST: She's glowing, he's gorgeous--totes a win!