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'1917' wins best film and best director at BAFTA awards

Reuters LONDON | Updated on February 03, 2020 Published on February 03, 2020
Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren pose with their award for Best Film for '1917' alongside Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Mark Strong, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Andrew Scott at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS

Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren pose with their award for Best Film for '1917' alongside Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Mark Strong, Krysty Wilson-Cairns and Andrew Scott at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

Renee Zellweger arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

Joaquin Phoenix poses with his award for Leading Actor for 'Joker' at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

Joaquin Phoenix voted best actor for his role in ‘Joker’, Renee Zellweger wins best actress award for her portrayal of Judy Garland in ‘Judy’

The First World War drama “1917” was the big winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, picking up seven awards including best picture and director for Sam Mendes, at a glittering ceremony that made headlines for a glaring lack of diversity among nominees.

The thrilling drama, shot in what appears to be a single take, was also honoured in the outstanding British film, sound, production design, cinematography and special visual effects categories.

Britain's top movie awards have been criticized for having all-white shortlists in its acting categories and an all-male one for director, triggering the use of the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite on social media.

BAFTA boss Amanda Berry had said she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity.

Joaquin Phoenix, voted best actor for his critically acclaimed transformation from vulnerable loner into confident villain in “Joker”, addressed the issue head on in his acceptance speech.

The industry was sending “a very clear message to people of colour that you're not welcome here”, he said, adding it “was on us” to dismantle a system of oppression.

Joaquin Phoenix poses with his award for Leading Actor for 'Joker' at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

 

Award presenter Rebel Wilson drew the biggest laughs and cheers of the evening when, after reading out the all-male best director list, said: “I don't think I could do what they do, honestly I just don't have the balls”.

Actress Scarlett Johansson, who missed out in the leading and supporting actress categories, told Reuters the all-male directing shortlist showed women were being held back and the industry had to be mindful of the issue.

“It's pretty disappointing, especially because there were so many great films this year that happened to be directed by women,” she said.

Renee Zellweger arrives at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA) at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Britain, on Sunday. REUTERS   -  REUTERS

 

Renee Zellweger beat Johansson to the best actress gong for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy”. The two will go head-to-head again at the Oscars on February 9.

It was a frustrating evening for Netflix's “The Irishman”, Martin Scorsese's star-studded gangster drama, which was nominated in 10 categories but left empty handed.

The streaming giant, however, fared better with divorce drama “Marriage Story”, which saw Laura Dern win best supporting actress.

Brad Pitt picked up best supporting actor for Quentin Tarantino's “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood”, the only success for a movie nominated for 10 awards. Bong Joon Ho's darkly comic film “Parasite” triumphed in the original screenplay and film not in the English language categories at the ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

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Published on February 03, 2020
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