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UK Regional Film Award Winners announced

The UK regional film awards included a set of public votes

By News Desk, News
Published on Wednesday 29th January 2014 | 5:11pm
"12 Years a Slave" has been named 'Film of the Year' by the UK's regional film critics. In addition, Chiwetel Ejiofor was voted the regional critics' 'Actor of the Year' for his performance as Solomon Northup in "12 Years a Slave".

Director Steve McQueen's visceral drama recently won the Golden Globe for 'Best Motion Picture Drama'. It is currently nominated for 9 Academy Awards and 10 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs).

Steve McQueen said "I am thrilled that 12 Years a Slave has been named Best Picture by the UK regional film critics. This means so much to me. Thank you for your help in making the film such a success throughout the UK".

The regional critics' award for 'Director of the Year' went to Alfonso Cuaron for "Gravity". This matches the recent choices of both the Directors' Guild of America and the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for their 'Best Director' Golden Globe. Alfonso Cuaron also has a Best Director nomination at the EE BAFTAs and Academy Awards.

Alfonso Cuaron said "It's particularly gratifying to receive this honour from the UK regional film critics. Your encouraging words helped pave the road for audiences to really embrace the film. Gravity was produced, shot and all the post-production done here in the UK. I had the privilege of working with hundreds of talented British artists and I share this with all of them. I'd like to single out everyone at Framestore; our incredible crew, particularly our cinematographer and my dear friend Chivo [Emmanuel Lubezki]; our visual effects supervisor Tim Webber; my producing partner, David Heyman; and my son and co-writer, Jonas. Lastly, I'd like to thank Sandra Bullock who fully conveyed the emotional journey of this character - the heartbeat of this story".

In addition, "Gravity" also scooped the 'eye-popping' 'Visual Effects' regional film award for Tim Webber, its visual effects supervisor, at an event hosted by Miquita Oliver at the Cafe de Paris in London's West End.

Cate Blanchett took the regional critics' 'Best Actress' award for her performance in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine". The critics' 'Screenwriter of the Year' was Spike Jonze for "Her".

The regional critics' 'British Breakthrough' award went to George MacKay, who recently appeared in "Sunshine on Leith", "How I Live Now" and "For Those in Peril".

21 year old George MacKay said "It's a real honour to have been awarded the British Breakthrough award at this year's Regional Critics' Film Awards and I'd like to thank everyone who voted for me. It's very exciting to be involved in British filmmaking, I learned so much working on Sunshine on Leith and had such a brilliant time working on it'.

The UK regional film awards included a set of public votes. In these categories, "Frozen" won 'Animated Film of the Year', while Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks were voted the 'Best On-screen Duo' for "Saving Mr Banks".

In other public votes, Stephen Frears' "Philomena" won 'British Film of the Year' and Ryan Lambie, who contributes to fan website "Den of Geek!" was named 'Blogger of the Year'.

Dame Judi Dench, who starred as Philomena Lee, said "A huge thank you to the public for awarding British Film of the year to Philomena. It was a great honour to work with so many talented British cast and crew on this once-in-a-lifetime project. I am so proud that our work has been recognised by this wonderful award".

Established in 2006, the UK Regional Critics' Film Awards are named in honor of Richard (Lord) Attenborough CBE, actor, filmmaker, champion of British cinema and founding patron of these awards which celebrate excellence and achievement in filmmaking. The winners are voted for by film journalists and bloggers who write or broadcast for local media throughout the UK. In recognition of their accomplishments, each winner receives a plinth-mounted award engraved with Richard Attenborough's signature.

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