Baftas 2014 - 10 (5) things we learned

The red carpet has been rolled, the stars are sleeping off their hangovers. Here are our top takeaways from last night's Baftas


Gravity isn't that good, and people aren't really buying it as British


Most people loved Gravity. But most people also have limits. It wasn't that good, was it? And if it was that good, why did it not win best picture? Although the practicalities of why it's apparently a British production are well-documented (and the shout-outs to Framestore were great), to hear it officially minted as such does stick in the throat a bit. Still: it's reassuringly inclusive, in a way, that the borders of Britishness now extend to outer space.

Slave has definitely lost momentum


There seemed no way, back in September, that it seemed 12 Years a Slave wouldn't dominate the Oscars, taking at least best picture and director, probably script, actor, supporting actor and supporting actress and everything else with it. But if it can't sweep the board here, it surely can't do it anywhere. The only hope is that the US will embrace it as one of their own (it being, after all, technically American).

There is now a Jennifer Lawrence backlash


We never thought we'd live to see the day people went off Jennifer Lawrence, but our collective crush has claimed its first casualty: Lupita Nyong'o, officially robbed for best supporting actress. Had Lawrence attended, perhaps the potential damage might have been mitigated. But, for the first time in recorded history, anti-J-Law mutterings were recorded.

Foreign language documentaries: ok. Foreign language fiction: not so much


Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing was a worthy best documentary winner; it was also cheeringly nominated for best foreign language film, where it joined the likes of The Great Beauty (which won) and Blue is the Warmest Colour. Shame, then, that the likes of Toni Servillo and Adèle Exarchopoulos, Paolo Sorrentino and Abdellatif Kechiche weren't deemed worthy contenders in the best actor, actress and director categories. (It also explains some of the thinking behind the Guardian Film Awards.)

No-one can take that best actress Oscar from Cate Blanchett


We're still in the wake of Woodygate. And we were on Dame Judi's home turf. But Blanchett still won the best actress Bafta. She also aced her speech: decrying celebrity, dedicating it to Philip Seymour Hoffman, and pretending she was unfit. This is now what's called an Oscars lock.

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