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BAFTA 2019 Highlights & Talking Points

February 10, 2019

The 72nd British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, took place 10 February 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. We break down the biggest talking points from the awards ceremony.

The Favourite wins big

Director, Yargos Lanthimos (centre) & the cast of The Favourite (ekathimerini.com)

Already a favourite among critics, The Favourite scooped up seven awards on the evening, more than any other, including Outstanding British Film, Best Actress (Olivia Colman) & Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz). Will The Favourite win big at The Oscars later this month? We’ll have to wait to find out.

Letitia wins EE Rising Star Award

Letitia Wright in Black Panther (Disney)

The EE Rising Star Award is special as it is the only fan-voted award in the BAFTAs. This year’s winner was Letitia Wright, she had a stellar year in 2018 appearing in Black Panther, Ready Player One & Avengers: Infinity War. Letitia follows 2018 winner Daniel Kaluuya, who also starred in Black Panther

Netflix wins big with Roma

Yalitza Aparicio as Cleo in Roma (Netflix)

Roma picked up three awards for Best Film, Best Director (Alfonso Cuarón) & Best Foreign Language Film. Roma has been the first Netflix original film to garner such praise and recognition from the major industry awards – it is also nominated for 10 Oscar Awards. Netflix was infamously banned from The Cannes Film Festival in 2018.

First Man leaves empty handed

Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in First Man (Getty Images

Despite being nominated in seven categories, First Man failed to pick up any awards. First Look tells the story of Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

See the full list of winners below

BEST FILM: ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez

LEADING ACTRESS: OLIVIA COLMAN The Favourite

LEADING ACTOR: RAMI MALEK Bohemian Rhapsody

DIRECTOR: ROMA Alfonso Cuarón

COSTUME DESIGN: THE FAVOURITE Sandy Powell

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE: ROMA Alfonso Cuarón, Gabriela Rodríguez

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS: BLACK PANTHER Geoffrey Baumann, Jesse James Chisholm, Craig Hammack, Dan Sudick

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER: BEAST Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer)

CINEMATOGRAPHY: ROMA Alfonso Cuarón

SUPPORTING ACTOR: MAHERSHALA ALI Green Book

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY: THE FAVOURITE Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

ORIGINAL MUSIC: A STAR IS BORN Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY: BLACKkKLANSMAN Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public): LETITIA WRIGHT

SUPPORTING ACTRESS: RACHEL WEISZ The Favourite

MAKE UP & HAIR: THE FAVOURITE Nadia Stacey

DOCUMENTARY: FREE SOLO Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin

EDITING: VICE Hank Corwin

SOUND: BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY John Casali, Tim Cavagin, Nina Hartstone, Paul Massey, John Warhurst

BRITISH SHORT FILM: 73 COWS Alex Lockwood

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION: ROUGHHOUSE Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom

PRODUCTION DESIGN: THE FAVOURITE Fiona Crombie, Alice Felton

ANIMATED FILM: SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM: THE FAVOURITE Yorgos Lanthimos, Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara

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