Originally posted on Variety:
The game is afoot! Sunday’s BAFTA Awards were filled with plot twists, including “12 Years a Slave” as best film. Are these awards a preview of Oscar? No. These are very different voting groups, and their rate of similarity is pretty mixed. But one thing is confirmed for certain: There will be genuine suspense until the last envelope is opened March 2.
“12 Years,” distributed by Fox Searchlight domestically, scored the top prize plus Chiwetel Ejiofor for best actor, two wins out of its 10 noms. Warner Bros.’ “Gravity,” which led with 11 noms, tallied six wins, including the prize as outstanding British film.
Back in September, some pundits predicted a neck-and-neck race between these two for Oscar. In fact, many other strong contenders emerged since then and remain possibilities. But the great BAFTA results for the two follows the Producers Guild tie between the films, meaning pre-Oscar awards events have been…
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