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Roma, The Favourite Win Top Prizes at 72nd BAFTA Film Awards

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts presented its 72nd BAFTA film awards at Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday night in a ceremony that saw Roma and The Favourite crowned as early Oscars frontrunners, with Roma winning Best Film and The Favourite taking home awards in a whopping seven categories.

In addition to Best Picture, Roma director Alfonso Caurón won Best Director and Best Cinematographer for his work on the acclaimed family drama. Roma also won the award for Best Film Not in the English Language. Cuarón thanked Netflix in his acceptance speech for having the “faith and courage to get behind a black-and-white film about a domestic worker, subtitled from Spanish, and bring it to audiences around the world.”

“To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me,” Cuarón continued. “Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. It is simply an excuse to hide our fear within our basest instincts.”

Among the seven awards granted to Yorgos Lanthimos’s period comedy The Favourite were Outstanding British Film, Best Original Screenplay, Best Production Design, Best Costume Design, Best Makeup and Hair, Best Supporting Actress for Rachel Weisz and Best Actress for Olivia Colman’s career-making turn as Queen Anne. Colman is set to continue her run of royal roles with a performance as a middle-aged Elizabeth in Netflix’s The Crown later this year.

Other big acting winners included Rami Malek, who won Best Actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, and Mahershala Ali, whose role in Green Book earned him Best Supporting Actor.

Elsewhere, Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman took home Best Adapted Screenplay, Free Solo won Best Documentary, and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse beat out Isle of Dogs and Incredibles 2 for Best Animated Film. The EE Rising Star award, the night’s only category voted for by the public, went to Letitia Wright, whose performances in Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War this year earned her stardom and critical acclaim.

Check out the full list of this year’s BAFTA winners below.

Best Film: Roma
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Olivia Colma, The Favourite
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Mahershala Ali, Green Book
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
Best Original Screenplay: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara, The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay: Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, and Kevin Willmott, BlacKkKlansman
Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Michael Pearce (Writer/Director), Lauren Dark (Producer), Beast
Outstanding British Film: The Favourite
Best Documentary: Free Solo
Best Original Music: A Star is Born
Best Sound: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Production Design: The Favourite
Best Special Visual Effects: Black Panther
Best Costume Design: The Favourite
Best Makeup and Hair: The Favourite
Best Editing: Vice
Best Film Not in the English Language: Roma
Best Animated Film: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best British Short Animation: Roughhouse
Best Short Film: 73 Cows
EE Rising Star Award: Letitia Wright

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