Africans Shine At The BAFTAs|@RealBarkhad Wins Best Supporting Actor

Winner: Barkhad Abdi

Reaping Rewards: Barkhad Abdi

Africa got strongly represented at the UK’s BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) by two notable names, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Barkhad Abdi. They both shined, not only because the films they were both nominated in several categories, but also because they earned personal awards. Chiwetel, who is of Nigerian descent, won the biggest individual prize of the night, which is Leading “Actor in 2014” for his role in the Steve McQueen directed movie “12 Years A Slave”. The actor beat other nominees such as Christian Bale, Tom Hanks and Leornado DiCaprio for their respective roles in films American Hustle, Captain Phillips and The Wolf of Wall Street. The 12 Years A Slave movie itself won the best “Film In 2014”.

On the other hand, Somalian-American Barkhad Abdi won the best “Supporting Act in 2014” for his role in the movie Captain Phillips, outclassing Bradley Cooper in American Hustle, Daniel Brühl in Rush, Matt Damon in Behind the Candelabra and Michael Fassbender in 12 Years a Slave.

This year’s BAFTAs were hosted by English luminary Stephen Fry and broadcast on the main BBC TV station, BBC1. In attendance was a multitude of celebritie, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie, Leornado DiCaprio himself, Oprah Winfrey and many others.

Perhaps the biggest winner of the night was the movie “Gravity”, which went away with 6 awards.

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