Brits win big at 86th Academy Awards

3 March 2014

The UK’s ever-more pivotal role in international production was highlighted last night by the resounding success of British films and talent at the 86th Academy Awards, held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

Gravity triumphs

The critically acclaimed Gravity, which shot at Pinewood and Shepperton Studios and whose stunning visual effects were created by UK-based Framestore, was showered with accolades at the event, picking up a total of seven awards, more than any other film.

Framestore's Tim Webber addresses the crowd at Sunday's ceremony

Alfonso Cuarón picked up Best Director, and the film also won Best Cinematography, Best Film Editing, Best Original Score, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects – collected by the Soho-based VFX house along with Neil Corbould, whose special effects were also recognised by the Oscar.

The award reinforces the UK’s place at the forefront of visual effects, whilst the recognition given to Brits Mark Sanger, Glenn Freemantle and Chris Munro for their respective editing, sound editing and sound mixing is a testament to the wealth of off-camera talent based in the UK.

British talent shines

While Gravity’s strong performance illustrated the creativity of the UK’s film infrastructure, British directorial and acting talent was also celebrated, with London-born director Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, which has won universal praise as well as accolades for the central performance of fellow Londoner Chiwetel Ejiofor, being awarded Best Picture.

Helen Mirren at Friday's Great British Film Reception

Cause for celebration

Earlier in the weekend, the British film industry was celebrated at the Great British Oscar Reception, held at the British Consul General’s Residence in Los Angeles. The event, co-sponsored by the BFC, drew a star-studded attendance, with Oscar winners to be McQueen and Sanger joined by actresses Dame Helen Mirren and Sally Hawkins, amongst other stars.

Many of Hollywood’s most respected British filmmakers – several of whom were honoured by Oscar nominations – were also in attendance, including Oliver Tarney, nominated for Best Sound Editing for Captain Phillips and Andy Nicholson, nominated for Best Production Design for Gravity. The reception further emphasised the huge impact the UK continues to have on major film production.

For more information on last night’s ceremony, visit the official Academy site at