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The Winners of the 71st Edition of The BAFTA AwardsMonday 19 February 2018
The Winners of the 71st Edition of The BAFTA Awards – It was another golden night for “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” in the present award season! After winning Three Golden Globes and more than Seventy Awards from Festivals and Critis and Syndication Organizations, this dramatic thriller was the big winner at the 71st BAFTA Awards – The British Academy Film Awards, taking five awards including both Best Film and best British film. Join CovetED and discover the full list of winners.
In the acting categories, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” stars, Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell, won best actress and best supporting actor, respectively, while the director Martin McDonagh took home the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay.
McDonagh lost the award for best director to Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro, the main favorite in this category and at the Oscars for his amazing directing job in the romantic fantasy thriller “The Shape of Water”. Accepting his best director award, Guillermo Del Toro paid tribute to the legacy of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Charlie Chaplin, Stan Laurel and novelist Mary Shelley amongst his British influences. “The SHape of Water” also won another two awards in two technical categories: Original Soundtrack (Alexandre Desplat) and Production Design (Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau).
The British drama “Darkest Hour”, that’s based on the critical first months of Winston CHurchill as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, won two awards, including the BAFTA for Best Leading Actor for Gary Oldman! It was Oldman’s first best actor BAFTA after three nominations. In his speech, Oldman thanked Churchill, who he said had “held the line for integrity, honor and freedom for his country and the world.” “Darkest Hour” also won for its makeup and hair.
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The blockbuster “Blade Runner 2049” also won two awards: Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins) and Best Visual Effects). The animation “Coco” won the award for Best Animation and “I Am Not Your NEgro” won the award for Best Documentary. Park Chan-wook’s Korean film “The Handmaiden” claimed the BAFTA for Best Foreign Film.
Veteran actress Allison Janney won the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “I, Tonya.” The actress joked she had to clear up a lie she had been perpetrating for years that she hadn’t actually graduated from the U.K.’s world-renowned Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, but that she had done a two-week course there.
British actor Daniel Kaluuya was awarded the EE Rising Star BAFTA award, the only award voted for by the public. Kaluuya, who recently finished shooting Steve McQueen’s “Widows,” beat out Florence Pugh, Josh O’Connor, Tessa Thompson and Timothee Chalamet for this award. “I am a product of arts funding in the U.K.,” said Kaluuya, thanking those who funded and supported arts funding in the country.
As previously announced, Ridley Scott was honored with a BAFTA Fellowship, the body’s highest accolade, for his outstanding and exceptional contribution to the industry. The veteran British director and producer received a standing ovation as he took to the stage. In his speech, he thanked and dedicated this award to his late brother Tony Scott.
Lastly a Fashion Reference. Most attendees donned black and the Time’s Up pin badge in support of the Time’s Up movement. As for the award for Best Costume Design, the winner was the Costume Designer Mark Bridges for his creations in the acclaimed drama “Phantom Thread”!
The BAFTA Awards Ceremony was held at the Royal Albert Hall for the second consecutive year and was hosted for the first time by Joanna Lumley, best known for her role as Patsy in the “Absolutely Fabulous” series. Do you agree with this year’s BAFTA Awards Winners?
Image Credits – Reuters, BAFTA Awards
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