12 Years A Slave also won best movie award.
The British actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, last night emerged Best Actor at the British Academy Film Awards, BAFTA, for his role in critically acclaimed movie, ’12 Years A Slave’.
Born of Nigerian parents, Chiwetel thanked the director of ‘12 Years A Slave’, Steve McQueen, for bringing to the screen the true story of a free black man kidnapped into servitude in 19th-century America.
“This is yours. I’m going to keep it, that’s the kind of guy I am, but it’s yours,” he told McQueen.
The movie also won the Best Film award at the BAFTA.
Other winners of the night were Cate Blanchett, who won Best Actress for her role in ‘Blue Jasmine’; and Alfonso Cuaron won best director for “Gravity”.
See full list of winners below:
Best Film Winner: 12 Years A Slave
Leading Actress Winner: Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine)
Director Winner: Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity)
Leading Actor Winner: Chiwetel Ejiofor
Film Not in the English Language Winner: The Great Beauty
Special Visual Effects Winner: Gravity
EE Rising Star Winner: Will Poulter
Adapted Screenplay Winner: Philomena
Original Screenplay Winner: American Hustle (Eric Warren Singer, David O. Russell)
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Winner: Peter Greenaway
Supporting Actress Winner: Jennifer Lawrence
Cinematography Winner: Gravity
Supporting Actor Winner: Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips)
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Winner: Kieran Evans (Kelly + Victor)
Animated Film Winner: Frozen
Original Music Winner: Gravity
Costume Design Winner: The Great Gatsby
Make-Up and Hair Winner: American Hustle
Documentary Winner: The Act Of Killing
Editing Winner: Rush
Fellowship Winner: Dame Helen Mirren