It was a win-win for period dramas at the 2019 British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night as the 18th century-set "The Favourite" won seven honours, and the Mexican black and white drama "Roma" registered four big wins.
At the ceremony hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall, "The Favourite" won Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Makeup and Hair.
While collecting the Original Screenplay for "The Favourite", Deborah Davis said: "I'm so excited to be standing here to receive my first BAFTA for my first screenplay. "Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power."
Netflix's "Roma" scooped up big honours, including the Best Film, Best Director, Film Not in the English Language and Cinematography.
Cuaron won in each of these categories, setting a tone of sorts for what to expect at the Oscars later this month.
He thanked Netflix 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. 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," he said.
Acting accolades went to Rami Malek for his lead role as Queen star Freddie Mercury in "Bohemian Rhapsody", which also won an award for Sound.
Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor for "Green Book", a film backed by Reliance Entertainment's Amblin Entertainment.
Diversity was celebrated as Guyanese-born British actress Letitia Wright won the EE Rising Star Award -- an honour that the public votes for.
"BlacKkKlansman" won for Adapted Screenplay, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" took the award for Animated Film, the Best Documentary went to "Free Solo", "Vice" won for Editing, and "Black Panther" received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.
"A Star Is Born" won for Original Music an award that singer-actress Lady Gaga was ecstatic about. The film's actor-director Bradley Cooper, who composed music for it too, said: "I got to fulfill a dream I never thought would happen, and I got to do it with some of the best musicians in the world. The music was the heartbeat of the film."
Writer-director Michael Pearce and Producer Lauren Dark received the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for "Beast".
The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, a producing partnership who have created some iconic British films of recent years, including "The Crying Game", "Company of Wolves", "Little Voice", "Scandal", "Carol" and "Colette".
Winners of the #BAFTA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Cinema Stephen Woolley & Elizabeth Karlsen talk about the importance of collaboration and new voices in film-making #EEBAFTAs pic.twitter.com/lBpRqD8E2Z— BAFTA (@BAFTA) February 10, 2019
The Fellowship, the highest honour the Academy can bestow, was presented to editor Thelma Schoonmaker.
Look at the full winning list briefly here:
Outstanding British film - The Favourite
Best Animated Film - Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Best production design - The Favourite
Best British short animation - Th Roughhouse
Best British Short Film - The Crows
Best Sound - Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Editing - Vice
Best Documentary - Free Solo
Best Make-Up and Hair - The Favourite
Outstanding British contribution to cinema - Number 9 Films (Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley)
Best Supporting Actress - Rachel Weisz, The Favourite
EE Rising Star Award (voted for b the public) -Letitia Wright
Best adapted screenplay - BlacKkKlansman – Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel, Kevin Willmott
Best Original Music - A Star is Born
Best Original Screenplay - The Favourite – Deborah Davis, Tony McNamara
Best Supporting Actor - Mahershala Ali – Green Book
Best cinematography - Roma
Best Costume Design - The Favourite
Best Director - Roma, Alfonso Cuarón
Best Actor - Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Actress - Olivia Colman, The Favourite
Best Film - Roma
Bafta fellowship - Thelma Schoonmaker
The elegantly dressed Duke and Duchess of Cambridge took front row seats at the event.
The show featured performances by Cirque du Soleil and Jess Gillam.
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