New Zealand filmmaker Jane Campion won Best Director for The Dog’s Power, becoming only the third woman to win the award in the award’s seven-decade history.
Leading Actor trophies went to Hollywood star Will Smith and British performer Joanna Scanlan as an event that has worked to overcome a historic lack of diversity recognized a wide range of talent – including her first deaf acting winner in Troy Kotsur for “CODA” .
Last year’s awards ceremony took place mostly online, with only the hosts and moderators present in person. This year’s return for a joint celebration at London’s Royal Albert Hall came in the shadow of Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine.
British Film Academy President Krishnendu Majumdar opened the show, hosted by Australian actor and comedian Rebel Wilson, with a message of support for Ukraine.
“We stand in solidarity with those who are valiantly fighting for their country and we share their hope for a return to peace,” he said.
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Then came the glitter when 85-year-old diva Shirley Bassey and a live orchestra performed Diamonds Are Forever to celebrate the 60th anniversary of James Bond films, Britain’s most successful film export.
“Bond is turning 60 and his girlfriends are turning 25,” joked hostess Wilson, who toned down her usual gritty material for the early evening TV broadcast of the ceremony on the BBC.
Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a space epic set on a desert planet, won five trophies from its 11 nominations: visual effects, production design, sound, Greig Fraser’s cinematography and Hans Zimmer’s score.
Set in 1920s Montana and starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the ranch owner, The Power of the Dog was nominated in eight categories and won two big ones: Best Picture and Best Director. Campion is only the third female winner in this category, but the second in two years after Chloe Zhao for Nomadland in 2021.
Cumberbatch lost to Smith, who won Best Actor for his performance as the father of Serena and Venus Williams in King Richard.
Scanlan was a surprise winner in the Best Actress category, beating out competitors like Lady Gaga to win for After Love, a debut feature film directed by Aleem Khan about a woman who makes a life-changing discovery after the death of her husband.
“Some stories have surprising endings, don’t they?” said an incredulous Scanlan.
Scanlan, best known as the star of satirical TV political comedy The Thick of It, said the award would open doors.
“I’m hoping to get a really exciting, fat short film and also a Bond audition,” she said.
Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical film ‘Belfast’, the story of a childhood overshadowed by the violent ‘Troubles’ in Northern Ireland, won Best British Film.
Ariana DeBose won Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Anita in Steven Spielberg’s lavish musical West Side Story. The Supporting Actor Award went to Kotsur for “CODA,” in which he plays the deaf father of a hearing daughter.
“Have you perhaps thought of a deaf James Bond?” he asked in his speech, which was delivered in sign language.
Lashana Lynch, who made waves as the double-0 agent in the Bond thriller No Time To Die, won the Rising Star Award, the only category given by public vote. She thanked “the women of this country who taught me what it means to be a black woman in this industry. Thank you for laying the foundation for people like me.”
“No Time To Die” also won Best Editing.
Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Oscar-nominated drama Drive My Car won Best Foreign Language Film. “Encanto,” the story of a Colombian clan with magical powers, won Best Animated Feature Film, and “Summer of Soul,” the musical extravaganza set in 1960s Harlem, won Best Documentary.
Sian Heder won the Adapted Screenplay Award for “CODA”. Best Original Screenplay went to Paul Thomas Anderson for the coming-of-age story “Licorice Pizza.”
The UK Awards usually takes place a week or two before the Academy Awards and has become a key part of the awards season. This year’s Oscars will take place on March 27th.
The British Film Academy has expanded its voting membership and changed its rules in recent years to address a glaring lack of diversity in nominations. In 2020, for the seventh year in a row, no woman was nominated for best director, and all 20 nominees in the leading actor and supporting actor categories were white.
Majumdar said this year’s more diverse field shows that “change has come”. But the cinema’s celebration was muted, with many attendees reflecting on the war raging on the other side of Europe.
Cumberbatch wore a lapel badge in the blue and yellow of the Ukrainian flag. He said it was to contradict “melomaniac” Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is raining “terror” on Ukraine.
“It’s a very scary and sad time,” he said on the red carpet. “Although this is a gesture and people can say it’s hollow, I can do it tonight” – along with pressure on British politicians to take in more war refugees.
Jonas Poher Rasmussen, director of the animated film Flee, the story of an Afghan refugee, said it was “surreal” to be at an awards ceremony when “the world is on fire.”
But he said images of millions being forced from their homes in Ukraine underscored the message that “these stories need to be told.”
Hilary Fox contributed to this story.
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