Australian movie star Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Actress at BAFTAs on Sunday for her portrayal of a riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen's tragic comedy Blue Jasmine.
Blanchett, 44, was favourite to win the prize and is favourite to pick up the same award at the Academy Awards on March 2.
She dedicated the award to actor Philip Seymour Hoffman who died of an apparent drugs overdose two weeks ago.
British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor won the Best Actor award at
Britain's top film honours
for his role as a free man tricked and sold into bondage in 12 Years a Slave.
Ejiofor, 36, who gained recognition as the lead in the dark 2002 crime thriller Dirty Pretty Things, said he was "deeply honoured and privileged" to receive the award and for having the chance to make "a story of such value".
LIST OF WINNERS AT BAFTAs 2014 BEST FILM: 12 Years a Slave OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: Gravity BEST DIRECTOR: Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity LEADING ACTOR: Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years a Slave LEADING ACTRESS: Cate Blanchett in Blue Jasmine SUPPORTING ACTOR: Barkhad Abdi in Captain Phillips SUPPORTING ACTRESS: Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle DOCUMENTARY: The Act of Killing ANIMATED FILM: Frozen ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for American Hustle ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope for Philomena FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: The Great Beauty ORIGINAL MUSIC: Gravity CINEMATOGRAPHY: Gravity
First Published: Feb 17, 2014 08:18 IST