Mexican filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron’s semi-autobiographical black-and-white drama, “Roma”, and Yorgos Lanthimos’ dark comedy is the big winners at the 72nd edition of the BAFTA Awards.
“The Favourite”, which had 12 nominations, dominated the ceremony with seven wins, including for leading actress (Olivia Colman), supporting actress (Rachel Weisz) and outstanding British film.
“Roma”, Curaon’s memoir of childhood won the top prize of best film.
Colman, who won the best actress for her role as Queen Anne in “The Favourite”.
Weisz won the best-supporting-actress trophy, defeating co-star Stone, Amy Adams (“Vice”), Claire Foy (“First Man”) and Margot Robbie (“Mary Queen of Scots”) in the category.
First-time nominee Rami Malek took home the best actor award for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody”.
Mahershala Ali nabbed the best supporting actor trophy for Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book”. He was nominated alongside Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman“), Richard E Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) Sam Rockwell (“Vice”) and Timothee Chalamet (“Beautiful Boy“).
“The Favourite” writer Deborah Davi, who won the original screenplay award along with Tony McNamara, thanked BAFTA for “celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power”.
“Black Panther” actor Letitia Wright won the EE Rising Star Award, the only award voted for by the public.
“Black Panther” won the prise for special visual effects, the only category in which it was nominated.
Spike Lee registered his first BAFTA with “BlacKkKlansman” in the adapted screenplay category, while “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” took home the award for the best-animated film.
“A Star is Born”, which was nominated in seven categories won the best original song award.
The highest honour, the BAFTA fellowship, was given to film editor Thelma Schoonmaker, a three-time Oscar winner and one of Martin Scorsese’s closest collaborators, who has worked on 22 of his features.
The special BAFTA award for outstanding British contribution to cinema was presented to producers Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley of Number 9 Films.
The biggest snub of the awards night was “First Man”, which had seven nominations, equal to “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Roma” and “A Star is Born,” but went home empty-handed.