Sam Mendes' '1917' rules Bafta night

Sam Mendes' '1917' rules Bafta night

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London, Feb 3 : World War One film ‘1917’ emerged as the big winner at the Bafta Film Awards, with seven prizes in total. Director of the movie, Sam Mendes became the first British winner of best director at the Baftas since Danny Boyle won for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

The other awards included best film, best British film, best director and best cinematography, BBC reported on Sunday. ‘Joker’ won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, while Renee Zellweger was named best actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland.

Phoenix took aim at "systemic racism" and "oppression" within the film industry in his acceptance speech. His words, and those of the Duke of Cambridge later, came in the wake of a diversity row prompted by the all-white line-up of acting nominees. The Duke of Cambridge, who is the president of British Academy of Film and Television Arts(BAFTA), also spoke at the ceremony about the need for change, "In 2020, and not for the first time in the last few years, we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and in the awards process - that simply cannot be right in this day and age."

"Bafta take this issue seriously, and following this year's nominations, have launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process to build on their existing work and ensure that opportunities are available to everyone," he added. South Korea film ‘Parasite’ won two prizes - for original screenplay and film not in the English language.

There were no major upsets or surprise winners, with ‘1917’ unarguably dominating the evening. Brad Pitt won best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and made a Brexit joke in a message read out by his co-star Margot Robbie.

Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her performance as a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story. It is the first time since 1977 that all four of the Bafta awards for acting have been won by Americans. The BAFTA is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image (film, television and games) in the United Kingdom. (UNI)