Philomena scoops BAFTA award

Philomena was a surprise winner at this year's BAFTA's

Philomena was a surprise winner at this year’s BAFTA’s  (Courtesy of Weinsteeen Company Philomena movie)

True story ‘Philomena’ was among the surprise winners at the 2014 BAFTAs ceremony, picking up the award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

The film was also nominated in the categories for Best Actress, Best British film and Best Picture.

Directed by Stephen Frears, it tells the true story of Irish woman Philomena Lee and her 50-year search for the son she was forced to give up for adoption.

Judi Dench plays the title character alongside co-star Steve Coogan, a co-writer of the film alongside Jeff Pope.

Coogan, who collected the award along with Pope, said it meant more to him than any comedy awards that he has won in the past and praised the real Philomena.

The comedy-drama beat off strong competition from 12 Years a Slave, Behind The Candelabra, Captain Phillips and The Wolf of Wall Street.

While Dench was nominated for the Best Actress award, it ultimately went to Cate Blanchett on the night.

Meanwhile, Irish-German actor Michael Fassbender lost out to Captain Phillips’ Barkhad Abdi in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Fassbender was nominated for his role in 12 Years a Slave and will be up for the award in the same category at the Oscars ceremony next month.

The biggest winners on the night were 12 Years a Slave and Gravity. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won two of the most sought after awards on the night, after it was named as Best Picture, with Chiwetel Ejiofar walking away with the Best Actor award.

However, it was Gravity that took the most awards, winning in six of the 11 categories for which it was nominated.

Alfonso Cuarón’s innovative space drama won BAFTAs for its sound, music, visual effects and cinematography. It was also chosen as the Best British film and Cuarón came away with the Best Director award.

Jennifer Lawrence was rewarded for her brilliant performance in American Hustle with a Best Supporting Actress nod with the film also receiving the Best Original Screenplay.

Attention will now turn to the Academy Awards ceremony which will take place on the 2nd of March and Philomena will be hoping for more success with nominations in four categories.

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