Academy Award nominees from the United Kingdom will be honored at the 2014 Great British Film Reception in Los Angeles. The February 28 reception celebrates the UK’s creative accomplishments in film and will be hosted by the British Consul General Chris O’Connor OBE and Oscar nominee Steve McQueen CBE, in partnership with the British Film Commission and event sponsors Jaguar Land Rover and Virgin Atlantic.
The UK is represented at this year’s Academy Award with nominees in films including 12 Years a Slave, All is Lost, American Hustle, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Iron Man 3, Karama Has No Walls, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Philomena, Prisoners, Room on the Broom, The Act of Killing, The Invisible Woman, The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, and The Voorman Problem.
“The UK consistently features as the country with the most nominations outside of the US, and this year is no exception, with our world-class nominees in everything from acting and directing to music, animation and visual effects,” said O’Connor. “It is their skills and talents which make the UK film industry thrive and which make such an effective statement about British creative excellence. I am delighted that Steve McQueen, who himself is nominated for directing one of the most acclaimed and important films of the year, is co-hosting this celebration with me. Steve is a brilliant filmmaker and visual artist who represents the very best of British creativity.”
Film plays a major role and generated $1.4 billion of inward investment from the US into the UK in 2013. The British Government through the British Film Commission and UK Trade & Investment works to sustain and increase these levels of investment by attracting, encouraging and supporting the production of international feature films in the UK.