BAFTA 2020: 7 Wins for 1917

 

The winners of the EE British Academy Film Awards have been announced at the ceremony hosted by Graham Norton at the Royal Albert Hall, London, on Sunday 2 February 2020

  • Seven BAFTAs for 1917: Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects
  • Three BAFTAs for Joker: Leading Actor, Casting and Original Score
  • Two BAFTAs for Parasite: Film Not in the English Language and Original Screenplay
  • Renée Zellweger wins Leading Actress for Judy
  • Brad Pitt wins Supporting Actor for Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood
  • Laura Dern wins Supporting Actress for Marriage Story
  • Micheal Ward wins the EE Rising Star Award

Reliance Entertainment and Amblin Partners’ 1917 has won seven awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), held last evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London including Outstanding British Film and Best Film and Best Director (Sam Mendes).

The World War 1 thriller, which was nominated in 9 categories at BAFTA, also won awards for Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales), Best Sound (Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson) and Special Visual Effects (Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron and Dominic Tuohy).

Sam Mendes, who is the first British winner of the Best Director BAFTA since Danny Boyle’s 2009 win for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ said, “There’s the personal delight in seeing a story very close to me and my family be developed and enlarged but the massive thing has been audiences going in large numbers.`  He added, `None of us knew if an audience would turn up, it wasn’t certain at all. It’s coincided with awards season and the fact this is still number one in the UK after four weeks, [the awards have] really alerted people to the fact the movie is on, it rarely happens like that.”

Inspired by the stories that Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes’ grandfather told him,  1917 has had a dream run this awards season with 10 Oscar nominations, including  ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director,’ for the forthcoming  92nd Academy Awards, which is scheduled to be held at 9th February 2020 in Los Angeles.

1917 has previously won three awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020 for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Cinematographer’ and ‘Best Editing’. The film also won accolades at the 77th Golden Globes, with an award for Best Picture in the Drama category, and the Best Director’s award for Sam Mendes.

The ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and featured performances by Cirque du Soleil and Jessie Buckley.

 

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