“1917” Wins Best Film At 2020 BAFTA Awards

By Creative Media Times

Universal Pictures

Sam Mendes’ “1917” was the big winner at the recently concluded British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA), winning seven awards including Best Film and Best Director. The win also put the film in a strong position to win big at the upcoming Oscar awards, where the film is nominated in 10 categories.

“In the midst of all this hoopla, it’s sometimes easy to forget the actual experience of shooting a movie,” Mendes said. “I had a kind of director’s paradise in this film that I think I’ll never, ever have again.”

“1917,” which came into the night as the big favorite with nine nominations total, also won outstanding British film, beating nominees “Bait,” “Rocketman,” “For Sama,” “Sorry We Missed You,” and “The Two Popes.”

Another multiple winner is the blockbuster hit Joker, which won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, as well as South Korean film Parasite which won two, including original screenplay and film not in the English language.

Read the complete list of BAFTA winners below.

BEST FILM
1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho

DOCUMENTARY
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

ANIMATED FILM
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh

DIRECTOR
1917 Sam Mendes

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi

LEADING ACTRESS
RENÉE ZELLWEGER Judy

LEADING ACTOR
JOAQUIN PHOENIX Joker

SUPPORTING ACTRESS
LAURA DERN Marriage Story

SUPPORTING ACTOR
BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

ORIGINAL SCORE
JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir

CASTING
JOKER Shayna Markowitz

CINEMATOGRAPHY
1917 Roger Deakins

EDITING
FORD V FERRARI Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker

PRODUCTION DESIGN
1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales

COSTUME DESIGN
LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran

MAKE UP & HAIR
BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan

SOUND
1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC. Maryam Mohajer

BRITISH SHORT FILM
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva

EE RISING STAR AWARD
MICHEAL WARD