War drama 1917 on top at the BAFTAs

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Visual feast 1917, Sam Mendes’ war drama, was the big winner at last night’s BAFTAs, scooping seven awards.

The film, which stars George McKay and Dean-Charles Chapman, marched away with Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, as well as Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects.

The other big winner on the night was Joker, which bagged Casting, Original Score, and Best Actor for Joaquin Phoenix, who delivered an impassioned speech on the need for more opportunity and diversity in film, while criticising the ‘systematic racism’ in the industry.

Rene Zellweger took home Best Actress for her role as Judy Garland in Judy, while Laura Dern and Brad Pitt won Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor for their roles in Marriage Story and Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood respectively.

Other winners included South Korean film Parasite, which won Film Not In The English Language and Original Screenplay, while Taika Waititi took home Adapted Screenplay for Jojo Rabbit.

Ford v Ferrari grabbed the BAFTA for editing, with Little Women garnering the award for Costume Design, and Bombshell taking Makup & Hair.

British Short Film went to Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl) Carol, British Short Animation went to Grandad Was A Romantic, while For Sama won Documentary and Klaus bagged Animated Film.

The EE Rising Star winner was Micheal Ward.

However, Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which was nominated for 10 awards on the night, went home empty handed.

The BAFTAs took place on Sunday 2ndFebruary at The Royal Albert Hall, and was presented by Graham Norton.