Once the BAFTAs rolled out the red carpet for its Hollywood stars, it was down to business, but there was no escaping movie industry’s diversity problem which lingered ominously in the background.
Among the winner's highlights, British director Sam Mendes' 1917 emerged victorious with seven awards while Joaquin Phoenix and Reneé Zellwegger both took home top honours for Best Actor and Best Actress for their performances in Joker and Judy respectively.
Laura Dern took home the Best Supporting Actress award – the same BAFTA award accepted by her mother, Diane Ladd, for her supporting role in Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore – for Marriage Story, while Parasite was the surprise winner for Best Original Screenplay, taking the winning streak from Quentin Tarantino, who has won for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood in that category in every award show prior.
Brad Pitt, however, won for his role in the film, with his co-star Margot Robbie accepting the award on his behalf.
Brad Pitt isn't at the #Baftas but sent a message: "Hey Britain, heard you just became single - welcome to the club"
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The #BaftasSoWhite controversy was noted by host Graham Norton, who was on sparkling form, but Phoenix was the first nominee to address it directly in this acceptance speech, saying he appreciated the win but felt conflicted accepting it, “because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege.”
Joaquin Phoenix, winning Best Actor, is the first acting nominee to properly call out #BAFTASSoWhite tonight. He went in. It’s about “more than having sets that are multicultural. We have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism.” #Baftas
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“I think we send a very clear message to people of colour that you are not welcome here, people who have contributed so much to our medium and our industry,” he added.
Below is the list of winners:
Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Bong Joon Ho
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
FORD V FERRARI (LE MANS ’66)
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
MAKE UP & HAIR
Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC
BRITISH SHORT FILM
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
EE RISING STAR AWARD
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