Gravity Cleans Up at the Baftas Winning Six Gongs -- But Why Best British Film?

By Gerald Lynch on at

Science-fiction disaster flick Gravity walked away the big winner at last night's Bafta film awards ceremony, winning a well-deserved six awards including Best Director and Best British Film.

The film also picked up awards for Best Special Visual Effects, Best Sound, Best Cinematography and Best Original Music.

However, it was the Best British Film win that caused eyebrows to raise, with the film starring two American heavyweights in Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, and director Alfonso Cuaron being Mexican. Regardless, with the film having been produced by Harry Potter’s David Heyman, filmed at Shepperton Studios in the UK, employing the skills of British artists and technicians, and calling upon the expertise of British-based Framestore for its visual effects, it more than fulfilled the Bafta and BFI guidelines to justify its inclusion in the British category. Despite fulfilling the criteria, some argued that smaller British productions were being overlooked in favour of Gravity.

Cuaron himself joked about the award. Considering himself a British filmmaker, having lived in London for 13 years and regularly employing UK production talent, he said that: "I make a very good case for curbing immigration."

The big win of the night however went to Steve McQueen's incredible 12 Years a Slave, which picked up Best Film. Its star Chiwetel Ejiofor also walked away with Best Actor.

Catch some exclusive footage from the Gravity Blu-ray release below, courtesy of ShortList, hitting shops March 3rd.