Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner at the Bafta Film Awards, held in London on Sunday, an event which saw the campaign for women’s rights in the entertainment industry take centre stage.Three Billboards won five awards, including Best Film, Best Actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and Best Supporting Actor award for Sam Rockwell. Writer-director Martin McDonagh also won for the film’s original screenplay.
The US-set film also won the best British film honours, qualifying on the basis of its creative team and the companies involved in producing it, many of whom are British.
Though Three Billboards took home the most trophies, it did not dominate proceedings, with a number of critically well-received films also garnering recognition.
Mexican director Guillermo Del Toro took the directing honours for his fantasy The Shape Of Water, Gary Oldman took the top male acting prize for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour, and Allison Janney was honoured for her supporting turn in I, Tonya.
Pixar animation Coco won for Best Animated Film, while Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk won for Best Sound, and Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver won for editing. Daniel Kaluuya, the British star of Get Out took the Rising Star Award.
The “Time’s Up” campaign against sexual misconduct was a recurring theme throughout the evening. Many of the female attendees wore black outfits in a gesture of protest.
In his acceptance speech, McDonagh expressed the hope that such protests would bring about change.“Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways but it’s also an angry one, and as we’ve seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change, so we’re thrilled that Bafta has recognised this,” he said.
In addition, many in attendance wore badges citing the campaign against sexual harassment, while honourees and presenters, including Sam Rockwell and British actress Lily James expressed support for the movement.
The night’s biggest female winner, McDormand, did not join in the sartorial protest, saying in her acceptance speech that though she supported the movement, she had ”a little trouble with compliance.”
Other notable winners included cinematographer Roger Deakins, who won for his work on Blade Runner 2049. Deakins is also nominated at next month’s Academy Awards for his work on the film.
He has been nominated 13 times for Oscars prior to his nomination this year, but has never won before, giving him more unsuccessful nominations than any other cinematographer in Oscars history. – Reuters/Mark Hanrahan
Bafta Awards: 2018 Complete Winners
Best Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin, Martin McDonagh
Director: Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape Of Water
Leading Actress: Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Leading Actor: Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour
Supporting Actress: Allison Janney, I, Tonya
Supporting Actor: Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Original Screenplay: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh
Adapted Screenplay: Call Me By Your Name, James Ivory
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer: I Am Not A Witch, Rungano Nyoni (Writer/Director), Emily Morgan (Producer)
Outstanding British Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin Mcdonagh, Graham Broadbent, Pete Czernin
Sound: Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
Cinematography: Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins
Special Visual Effects: Blade Runner 2049, Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
Production Design: The Shape Of Water, Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau
Film Not In The English Language: The Handmaiden, Park Chan-Wook, Syd Lim
British Short Film: Cowboy Dave, Colin O’Toole, Jonas Mortense
British Short Animation: Poles Apart, Paloma Baeza, Ser En Low
Documentary: I Am Not Your Negro, Raoul Peck
Editing: Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
Animated Film: Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson
Costume Design: Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges
Make Up & Hair: Darkest Hour, David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji
Original Music: The Shape Of Water, Alexandre Desplat
EE Rising Star Award (Voted For By The Public): Daniel Kaluuya
Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema: Jon Wardle, National Film And Television School