And the BAFTA for best movie poster 2014 goes to…

BAFTA for Best Movie Poster - college of all the entrants

Gravity and 12 Years A Slave are dominating this year’s BAFTA nominations, but which of the front runners would YOU pick as having the best movie poster too?

The British Academy Film Awards for 2014, the plucky London precursor to March’s blockbuster Oscars event in Los Angeles, take place next month at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden.

Gravity has received 11 BAFTA nominations this year. 12 Years a Slave and American Hustle are each nominated in ten categories. Captain Phillips has nine nominations. Behind the Candelabra and Saving Mr. Banks are both nominated five times. While Philomena, Rush and The Wolf of Wall Street have four nominations. Unsurprisingly, box office flops The Fifth Estate and Bullet to the Head managed a grand total of zero nominations.

As we all wait for the star-studded BAFTA ceremony itself, take your pick of the best movie posters from this shortlist.

12 Years A Slave

12 Years A Slave movie poster

Tagline: The extraordinary true story of Solomon Northup
Director: Steve McQueen
Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender score: 97 out of 100
What the media say: “Easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery.”The New Yorker
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12 Years A Slave movie trailer on YouTube:

American Hustle

American Hustle film poster

Tagline: Everyone hustles to survive
Director: David O. Russell
Stars: Amy Adams and Christian Bale score: 90 out of 100
What the media say: “High-energy comedy comes naturally to the filmmaker.” –Wall Street Journal
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American Hustle movie trailer on YouTube:

Behind the Candelabra

Behind the Candelabra film poster

Tagline: Too much of a good thing is wonderful
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Stars: Matt Damon and Michael Douglas score: 82 out of 100
What the media say: “Superbly scripted, brilliantly directed, smart but never smarmy.”The Hollywood Reporter
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Behind the Candelabra movie trailer on YouTube:

Captain Phillips

Captain Phillips film poster

Tagline: Out here survival is everything
Director: Paul Greengrass
Stars: Tom Hanks score: 83 out of 100
What the media say:  “A riveting, emotionally complex and hugely intelligent dramatisation of a real-life ordeal.” –Empire
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Captain Phillips movie trailer on YouTube:


Gravity film poster

Tagline: Don’t let go
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
Stars: George Clooney and Sandra Bullock score: 96 out of 100
What the media say: “Stunning space saga that takes off for new technical frontiers without leaving its humanity behind.” –Total Film
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Gravity movie trailer on YouTube:


Philomena film poster

Tagline: Inspired by the true story of a search for a lost son
Director: Stephen Frears
Stars: Judi Dench and Steve Coogan score: 76 out of 100
What the media say: “Dench and Coogan’s chemistry is undeniably great.” –Entertainment Weekly
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Philomena movie trailer on YouTube:


Rush film poster

Tagline: Everyone’s driven by something
Director: Ron Howard
Stars: Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Brühl score: 75 out of 100
What the media say: “Not just one of the great racing movies of all time, but a virtuoso feat of filmmaking in its own right.”Variety
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Rush movie trailer on YouTube:

Saving Mr. Banks

Saving Mr Banks movie poster

Tagline: Where her book ended, their story began
Director: John Lee Hancock
Stars: Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks score: 65 out of 100
What the media say: “What keeps it from becoming sticky schmaltz is Thompson, who plays Travers with wit and warmth.”Time Out London
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Saving Mr. Banks movie trailer on YouTube:

The Wolf of Wall Street

The Wolf of Wall Street film poster

Tagline: The Wolf of Wall Street
Director: Martin Scorsese
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio score: 75 out of 100
What the media say: “Fascinating, revolting, outlandish, uproarious, exhilarating and exhausting master work on immorality.” –Los Angeles Times
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The Wolf of Wall Street movie trailer on YouTube:


  1. I can see why people think the poster for 12 years a slave is so popular. It could have been very elaborate but instead it is understated but powerful. Cracking job.

  2. For me id have to say Gravity, as its the only poster that makes me want to watch the film. Others look nice but that’s it.

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