*Words in blue are explained at the end of the article

Last night, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) hosted the 67th British Academy Film Awards.  It is considered to be the British counterpart of the Academy Awards.  It was held at the Royal Opera House in Central London.

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It was a star-studded event, from A-Listers Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, to Leonardo DiCaprio.  The stars packed the Opera House to support Prince William (the President of BAFTA).

The movie “12 Years A Slave” won Best Film, beating  American Hustle and Gravity.  Chiwetel Ejiofor, actor in  “12 Years”, snabbed the Best Actor award.

Steve McQueen, the film’s director, thanked his cinematographer, cast and mother.  “There are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here,” McQueen said, adding that he hoped that in 150 years a film like his wouldn’t need to be made.

Emma Thompson flips us off with 2 fingers- the equivalent to our middle finger.  It is considered an extremely rude gesture to the Brits!

Full list of winners: 

Best Film: 12 Years a Slave Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Gravity Best Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave Best Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine Best Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips Best Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle Best British Film: Gravity Best Debut By a British Writer, Director or Producer: Kieran Evans Best Original Screenplay: American Hustle Best Adapted Screenplay: Philomena Best Film Not In The English Language: The Great Beauty Best Documentary: The Act of Killing Best Original Film Score: Gravity Best Cinematography: Gravity Best Editing: Rush Best Sound: Gravity Best Animated Film: Frozen Best Visual Effects: Gravity Best Makeup and Hair: American Hustle Best Production Design: The Great Gatsby Best Costumes: The Great Gatsby Best Short Film: Room 8 Best Animated Short: Sleeping With The Fishes BAFTA Rising Star Award: Will Poulter

counterpart- a thing or person that has the same function as another thing or person; equivalent  (Italian: controparte)

to be held-   to happen, to occur,  in regards to a place. (Italian: si è svolto presso)

star-studded-  to feature a large amount of famous people

A-Listers-  celebrities who are in the upper levels of fame.  There are a-listers, b-listers and c-listers, and so on.

to pack-  to bring together many people, to crowd together.  (Italian: accalcarsi)

to beat-  to win against someone or something.  (Italian: vincere)

to snab-  (slang) to grab eagerly, with sudden force

flip someone off-  when you extend your middle finger upwards, extremely obcene hand gesture.  Also: to give the finger, the middle finger, flipping the bird, the one finger salute.

rude- not polite. The opposite of polite.  (Italian:  maleducato, scortese)

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