Sam Mendes’ WW1 set tale “1917” dominated the BAFTA film awards on Sunday evening at London’s Royal Albert Hall – taking the honors for best film, director, cinematography, production design, sound, visual effects and outstanding British film.
“Parasite” won best foreign language film and best original screenplay, “For Sama” best documentary, “Klaus” won best animated film, “Jojo Rabbit” picked up adapted screenplay, “Joker” won for best score and casting, “Ford v Ferrari” for best editing, “Little Women” for costume design, “Bombshell” for make-up,
Acting nods went to Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”), Renee Zellweger (“Judy”), Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) and Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”), while Mark Jenkins’ “Bait” won for outstanding British debut film.
The one thing that happened that everyone is talking about is Phoenix’s acceptance speech. The BAFTAs have made a lot of headlines this year for the lack of diversity in their casting nominations with no female directing nominations and two white actresses (Scarlett Johansson, Margot Robbie) scoring dual nominations while actors of color are shut out.
Phoenix tackled the issue head-on in his speech, spending most of his two minutes saying it’s those who built the current oppressive system have to be the ones to dismantle it.