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Roll out the red carpet – the BAFTAs are coming!

Close-up of the BAFTA golden masks

3 February 2014

The red carpets are unrolling, the designer dresses are unpacked, and the extra tissues gathered for all those tearful winners’ speeches. The results of the EE British Academy Film Awards (better known as the BAFTAs) will be announced on February 16 at London’s iconic Royal Opera House.

Lots of Hollywood names are hoping to win one of the famous golden masks – but this year, British talent is in the spotlight.

British director Steve McQueen is a favourite for the epic 12 Years A Slave, which is nominated in 10 categories, including Best Film and Best Actor for London-born Chiwetel Ejiofor. British actresses Emma Thompson and Judi Dench are both in the running for Leading Actress for their roles in Saving Mr Banks and Philomena. These two British films are also up for awards including Best Music, Outstanding British Film, Outstanding British Writer, and, for Philomena, the top award of Best Film.

The BAFTAs will also be celebrating new talent with the EE Rising Star Award, where British actors George Mackay and Will Poulter are in the running.

Meanwhile, international celebrities are taking to the great UK tradition of a tea party! Grab a cup and watch Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cate Blanchett and Tom Hanks at the Los Angeles Awards Season Tea Party, talking about what the awards mean to them:


The UK film industry is a multimillion-pound creative force. You’ll find top filmmaking venues including Pinewood Studios (home of the James Bond and Superman films) and Elstree Film Studios, which has been used for iconic films such as Star Wars.

There is also a lot of opportunity for students, who can gain real filmmaking experience as part of their studies. Click here to meet the Falmouth University students who helped to make Island Queen, an independent British film nominated for the Best Short Film award at the BAFTAs.

If you need any more evidence of British talent, ask the stars! Sandra Bullock, nominated for Best Actress for her role in space thriller Gravity, may be American born and bred, but she’s in no doubt that Gravity ‘is an English film’. Find out why:


For students who want a career in this field – and the chance to be innovative, creative and successful – the UK is a great place to study. Have a look at Your study options to find out more, or search for courses and scholarships with the Search tool at the top of this page.