Gugu was born in Oxford, England, she appeared in TV series Bad Girls, Bonekickers and Doctor Who. In 2013 She starred in Amma Asante's film Belle.Followed by starring in Gina Prince-Bythewood's film Beyond The Lights. Also starred in Jupiter Ascending, Concussion, Free State of Jones, Miss Sloane and Beauty and the Beast.
Historical, Period Drama.. Belle leads with a record x6 nominations
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar's son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
AWARDSBest of 2014
The historical period drama Belle which was released in June 2014 has picked up a record x5 nominations at the 1st annual National Film Awards. Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizebeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral. Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle’s lineage affords her certain privileges, yet the color of her skin prevents her from fully participating in the traditions of her social standing. Left to wonder if she will ever find love, Belle falls for an idealistic young vicar’s son bent on change who, with her help, shapes Lord Mansfield’s role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.
Belle is nominated for Best Drama, Best Script, Amma Asante is nominated for Best Director , Tom Felton is nominated in the Best Actor category whilst lead star Gugu Mbatha-Raw bags Best Female Actress and Best Breakthrough Performance
The prestigious 1st annual National Film Awards 2015 takes place on the 31st of March 2015 in London
Below is a full list of National Film Awards 2015 nominations:
Best International Film Boyhood Selma The Imitation Game The Theory of Everything Wild Annie Guardian of the Galaxy Gone Girl The Fault in Our Stars Calvary
Best Comedy The Inbetweeners 2 Almost married A Long Way Down Cuban Fury Frank Mrs Brown’s Boys D’Movie What we did on our holiday
Best Action Slow West The Railway Man The Knife That Killed Me Trash Plastic Top Dog The Guvnors
Best Drama Belle Calvary Half of a Yellow Sun Jimmy’s Hall Pride The Fault in Our Stars Redirected The Fold Starred Up Mr Turner
Best Independent Feature One Rogue Reporter Montana The Newspaper Abducted The Guvnors Pride Half of A Yellow Sun
Best Documentary American Interior Next Goal Wins NOW: In The Wings On A World Stage 20,000 Days on Earth Night Will Fall The Possibilities are Endless Dispatches: Children on the Frontline The Stuart Hall Project Don’t Call Me Crazy Algorithms
Best Thriller A Most Wanted Man Black Sea Honour Only Lovers Left Alive Locke The Double The Riot Club The Two faces of January
Best Actor Ben Affleck for “Gone Girl” André Benjamin for “Jimi: All Is By My Side” David Oyelowo for “Selma” James Buckley for “The Inbetweeners 2” Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game” Tom Felton for “Belle” Simon Bird for “The Inbetweeners 2” Jack O’ Connell for “71” Brenda Gleeson for “Calvary” Asa Butterfield for “X +Y” Andrew Scott for “Pride”
Best Actress Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in Our Stars” Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Beyond the Lights” Quvenzhané Wallis for “Annie” Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy” Cheng Pei Pei for “Lifting” Alicia Vikander for “Testament of Youth” Keira Knightley for “Imitation Game” Imelda Stauton for “Pride” Dorothy Atkinson for “Mr Turner” Thandi Newton for “Half of a Yellow Sun”
Best Director Amma Asante for “Belle” Mike Leigh for “Mr. Turner” Yann Demange for “71” Matthew Warchus for “Pride” John Michael McDonagh for “Calvary” Lenny Abrahamson for “Frank” Philippe Falardeau for “The Good Lie” Best Screenplay Belle The Fault in Our Stars Electricity The Theory of Everything Hello Carter The Good Lie Half of a Yellow sun Best Breakthrough Performance Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle” Andrew Scott for “Pride” Michael Fassbender for “Frank” Rafe Spall for “X+Y” Keira Knightley for “Imitation Game” Reese Witherspoon for “The Good Lie” Jamie Foxx for “Annie” Chiwetel Ejiofor for “Half of a Yellow Sun” Shailene Woodley for “The Fault in our stars” Best Newcomer Gugu Mbatha-Raw for “Belle” Cara Delevigne for “The Face of an Angel” Liam Walpole for “The Goob” Kuoth Wiel for “The Good Lie” Jordan Kensington for “The Newspaper” Sameena Jabeen Ahmed for “Catch Me Daddy” Quvenzhané Wallis for “Annie” Harley Sylvester for “The Guvnors” Arnold Oceng for “The Good Lie” Best Foreign Language Film “Ida” (Poland) “Force Majeure” (Sweden) “The Liberator” (Venezuela) “Accused” (Netherlands) “Wild Tales” (Argentina) “Human Capital” (Italy)
Best Short Film Slap Echo Dinner and a Movie The Karman Line Emotional Fusebox Dust That’s Not Supposed to Happen Yoke Farm My Friend Ivor
Public Voting is live now until the 12th of March 2015: