The week when artistic talent went galactic

A still from Bafta-winning Gravity

A still from Bafta-winning Gravity

The film Gravity has won critical acclaim for its out-of-this-world 3-D effects, so it came as no surprise when the sci-fi flick took home the Bafta for Best Cinematography on Sunday night.

The award went to Mexican-Jewish cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki, a longtime collaborator of Gravity’s director Alfonso Cuarón, who has made a name for himself over the past 20 years for his visionary camera techniques.

Mr Lubezki was born in Mexico City to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry. He picked up his first Bafta in 2006 for Children of Men and is tipped to win again at the Oscars next month.

Another winner on the night was David O Russell, who was raised in New York by a Jewish father and Catholic mother. The director received the accolade for Best Original Screenplay for his comedy-drama American Hustle.

Brit-nominated girl band Haim

Brit-nominated girl band Haim

Meanwhile, all-girl band Haim were in the lead to win Best International Group at the Brit awards on Wednesday night.

The three sisters, who are half-Israeli, began their career singing in Jewish delis in Hollywood.

Last updated: 6:45pm, February 20 2014