UPDATED with full winners list: The BAFTA Film Awards have named Sam Mendes’ 1917 Best Film at its annual ceremony Sunday in London, exactly one week before this compressed film awards season concludes with the 92nd Oscars.
Mendes’ World War I epic from Universal and Amblin/DreamWorks picked up a leading seven awards, including Mendes for Best Director. The film repeated its Best Picture wins at the DGA and PGA as well as the Golden Globes. Mendes, a UK native, previously won Director honors at the Globes and Critics’ Choice.
Tonight, 1917 also won for Best British Film, Roger Deakins’ Cinematography, Production Design, VFX and Sound. It has been ramping up its momentum after being one of the last of the season’s awards contenders to hit theaters. It had nine BAFTA noms coming in, behind Warner Bros’ Joker which had 11. Also like the Oscars, Netflix’s The Irishman and Sony’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood had 10 noms apiece.
As for Joker, it won three awards — including for consensus Oscar Best Actor favorite Joaquin Phoenix, who had the speech of the night in light of this season’s diversity and inclusion spotlight that also impacted BAFTA’s noms. Hildur Guðnadóttir also won for Original Score and Shayna Markowitz for Casting, the latter a new award this year.
In fact, with Phoenix all Lead and Supporting actor frontrunners — Phoenix, Renee Zellweger for Roadside/LD’s Judy, Laura Dern for Netflix’s Marriage Story and Brad Pitt for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, respectively — won again tonight. Also repeating previous feats were Neon’s Parasite (Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho) and Searchlight’s Jojo Rabbit (Taika Wiatiti), who won for Original and Adapted screenplay — both did the same thing at the WGA Awards less than 24 hours earlier.
Graham Norton hosted for the first time in the show at the Royal Albert Hall, which is delayed two hours even in the UK and will air later tonight on BBC One and in the U.S. on BBC America.
Here are the winners:
Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Bong Joon Ho
Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
FORD V FERRARI (LE MANS ’66)
Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
MAKE UP & HAIR
Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC
BRITISH SHORT FILM
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL)
Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
EE RISING STAR AWARD
OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA