Sam Mendes’ film 1917 dominates at BAFTA Awards 2020

By Marriska Fernandes on February 3, 2020 | 2 Comments


1917 wins at BAFTAsSam Mendes‘ World War I drama, 1917, dominated at the 73rd British Academy Film and Television Awards, which took place Sunday night at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The film took home seven awards, including Best Film and Best Director.

Joaquin Phoenix won Best Actor for his turn as Joker. He used his acceptance speech to call out the lack of diversity in this year’s BAFTAs categories, urging the film industry to dismantle a “system of oppression.” He said: “I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege. I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.” 

He continued: “I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, although that’s what we give ourselves every year. I think people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work. This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem.”

Renée Zellweger won Best Actress for Judy. In the supporting categories, Laura Dern won for her portrayal of a divorce lawyer in Netflix’s Marriage Story, while Brad Pitt won for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Brad wasn’t present to accept the award, so his co-star Margot Robbie picked up the award on his behalf. Since Brad has been giving hilarious speeches this award season, he treated his audience to another good one. Margot read out his speech: “Hey Britain, heard you just became single — welcome to the club,” and revealed that he was going to name his award “Harry,” because he was “really excited about bringing [it] back to the States.” This was in reference to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step down as senior members of the royal family and spend more time in North America.

When presenting the Best Director nominees, Rebel Wilson took a dig at the lack of women directors nominated in the category. She said: “I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do. Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”

South Korea’s Parasite nabbed two awards — Best Foreign Language Film and Best Original Screenplay. Click here to read our Parasite movie review. Click here to watch our 1917 interview with stars George MacKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, and click here to watch our interview with screenwriter Krysty Wilson-Cairns.

See below for the complete list of BAFTA winners. ~Marriska Fernandes

BEST FILM
WINNER: 1917
The Irishman
Joker
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Parasite

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
WINNER: 1917
Bait
For Sama
Rocketman
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER:
WINNER: Bait
– Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite
For Sama – Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Maiden – Alex Holmes
Only You – Harry Wootliff
Retablo Álvaro – Delgado-Aparicio

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
WINNER: Parasite
The Farewell
For Sama
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire

DOCUMENTARY
WINNER: For Sama
American Factory
Apollo 11
Diego Maradona
The Great Hack

ANIMATED FILM
WINNER: Klaus
Frozen 2
A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Toy Story 4

DIRECTOR
WINNER: Sam Mendes – 1917
Martin Scorsese – The Irishman
Todd Phillips – Joker
Quentin Tarantino – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Bong Joon Ho – Parasite

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
Booksmart
– Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Knives Out – Rian Johnson
Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Quentin Tarantino

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WINNER: Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi
The Irishman
– Steven Zaillian
Joker – Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women – Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes – Anthony McCarten

LEADING ACTRESS
WINNER: Renée Zellweger – Judy
Jessie Buckley – Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson – Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan – Little Women
Charlize Theron  – Bombshell

LEADING ACTOR
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Leonardo DiCaprio – Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Adam Driver – Marriage Story
Taron Egerton – Rocketman
Jonathan Pryce – The Two Popes

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
WINNER: Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson –Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh – Little Women
Margot Robbie – Bombshell
Margot Robbie – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Tom Hanks – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins – The Two Popes
Al Pacino – The Irishman
Joe Pesci – The Irishman

ORIGINAL SCORE
WINNER: Joker – Hildur Guđnadóttir
1917
– Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit – Michael Giacchino
Little Women – Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – John Williams

CASTING
WINNER: Joker – Shayna Markowitz
Marriage Story – Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Victoria Thomas
The Personal History of David Copperfield – Sarah Crowe
The Two Popes – Nina Gold

CINEMATOGRAPHY
WINNER: 1917 – Roger Deakins
The Irishman – Rodrigo Prieto
Joker – Lawrence Sher
Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari) – Phedon Papamichael
The Lighthouse  – Jarin Blaschke

EDITING
WINNER: Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari) – Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
The Irishman
– Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit – Tom Eagles
Joker – Jeff Groth
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Fred Raskin

PRODUCTION DESIGN
WINNER: 1917 – Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
The Irishman – Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
Jojo Rabbit – Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
Joker – Mark Friedberg, Kris MoranOnce Upon a Time in Hollywood – Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

COSTUME DESIGN
WINNER: Little Women – Jacqueline Durran
The Irishman
– Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
Jojo Rabbit – Mayes C. Rubeo
Judy – Jany Temime
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood – Arianne Phillips

MAKE UP & HAIR
WINNER: Bombshell – Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
1917
– Naomi Donne
Joker – Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
Judy – Jeremy Woodhead
Rocketman – Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

SOUND
WINNER: 1917 – Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
Joker – Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
Le Mans ’66 (Ford v Ferrari) – David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
Rocketman – Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: 1917 – Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
Avengers: Endgame Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick
The Irishman – Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
The Lion King – Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
WINNER: Grandad Was a Romantic
In Her Boots
The Magic Boat

BRITISH SHORT FILM
WINNER: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Azaar
Goldfish
Kamali
The Trap

RISING STAR AWARD
WINNER: Micheal Ward
Awkwafina
Kaitlyn Dever
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
Jack Lowdon



Comments & Discussion

  1. Amanda • February 3, 2020 @ 1:08 PM

    I’m glad Joaquin spoke up the way he did.

  2. Sam • February 3, 2020 @ 4:30 PM

    Really enjoyed 1917 – very cinematic and thrilling.


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