"Three Billboards" won five awards, including best film, best
actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and a
supporting actor award for Sam Rockwell. Writer-director Martin
McDonagh also won for the film's original screenplay.
The U.S.-set film also won the best British film honors,
qualifying on the basis of its creative team and the companies
involved in producing it, many of whom are British.
Though "Three Billboards" took home the most trophies, it did
not dominate proceedings, with a number of critically
well-received films also garnering recognition.
Mexican director Guillermo del Toro took the directing honors
for his fantasy "The Shape of Water," Gary Oldman took the top
male acting prize for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in
"Darkest Hour," and Allison Janney was honored for her
supporting turn in "I, Tonya."
Pixar animation "Coco" won for best animated film, while
Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" won for best sound, and Edgar
Wright's "Baby Driver" won for editing. Daniel Kaluuya, the
British star of "Get Out" took the rising star award.
The "Time's Up" campaign against sexual misconduct was a
recurring theme throughout the evening. Many of the female
attendees wore black outfits in a gesture of protest.
In his acceptance speech, McDonagh expressed the hope that such
protests would bring about change.
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"Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways but it's also an angry
one, and as we've seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to
get people to listen and to change, so we're thrilled that BAFTA has
recognized this," he said.
In addition, many in attendance wore badges citing the campaign
against sexual harassment, while honorees and presenters, including
Sam Rockwell and British actress Lily James expressed support for
The night's biggest female winner, McDormand, did not join in the
sartorial protest, saying in her acceptance speech that though she
supported the movement, she had "a little trouble with compliance."
Other notable winners included cinematographer Roger Deakins, who
won for his work on "Blade Runner 2049." Deakins is also nominated
at next month's Academy Awards for his work on the film.
He has been nominated 13 times for Oscars prior to his nomination
this year, but has never won before, giving him more unsuccessful
nominations than any other cinematographer in Oscars history.
(Writing by Mark Hanrahan; Editing by Sandra Maler)
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