Three Billboards triumphs at BAFTAs

Guillermo del Toro wins Best Director

by Jennie Kermode

Best Actress winner Frances McDormand in Best Film winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Actress winner Frances McDormand in Best Film winner Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big winner at tonight's BAFTAs, with five awards including Best Film and acting gongs for Frances McDormand and Sam Rockwell. Guillermo del Toro was named Best Director for The Shape Of Water, Roger Deakins took Best Cinematography for his work on Blade Runner 2049, and fans were thrilled when Get Out lead Daniel Kaluuya won the EE Rising Star Award.

The Royal Albert Hall
The Royal Albert Hall Photo: Diliff

Stars wore black to show their solidarity with the Time's Up movement as they attended the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall. Several took along activists as their companions, helping to draw attention to discrimination and harassment faced by women in other industries, while Angelina Jolie was accompanied by Loung Ung, the woman whose brutal childhood is depicted in First They Killed My Father.

Prior to the ceremony beginning, the red carpet was invaded by activists from Sisters Uncut, who wore t-shirts marked 'Time's Up, Theresa' and said they were there to protest inadequate government policies on domestic violence. They lay down on the carpet until they were persuaded to move by security.

Several of the night's award winners chose to speak out on the industry's treatment of women, following the publication of an open letter on the matter in today's Observer which was signed by 109 British and Irish stars. Sam Rockwell said he couldn't have won without standing on the shoulders of 'strong, intelligent, righteous women.' He went on to dedicate his award to the late Alan Rickman.

Those awards in full:-

Best Film

Outstanding British Film

Best Director

Best Leading Actress

Best Leading Actor

Best Supporting Actress

Best Supporting Actor

EE Rising Star Award

  • Daniel Kaluuya

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Film not in the English Language

Best Documentary

Best Animated Film

  • Coco

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay

Best Original Music

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production and Design

Best Costume Design

Best Makeup and Hair

  • Darkest Hour - David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji

Best Sound

  • Dunkirk - Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten

Best Special Visual Effects

Best British short animation

Best British short film

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