Chapter 7 UK talent and awards UK actors, directors and writers consistently win acclaim at the global box office and international award ceremonies. In 2013, UK talent and story material continued to reach enthusiastic audiences and showcase our culture and identity to the world. FACTS IN FOCUS: Of the top 200 global box office successes of 2001-2013, 32 films are based on stories and characters created by UK writers. Together they have earned more than $23 billion (£15 billion) at the worldwide box office. Eight of the top 20 global box office successes of the last 13 years are based on novels by UK writers. Nearly two thirds of the top 200 films released worldwide since 2001 have featured UK actors in lead or prominent supporting roles. UK directors were behind 26 of the 200 biggest films of the last 13 years with Harry Potter director, David Yates, topping the box office league. UK films and talent won 26 major film awards in 2013/14, including six Oscars® and 13 BAFTAs. Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave won the best film award at both ceremonies.
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