1917 triumphs at the 2020 BAFTAs


Sam Mendes’ First World War epic 1917 was the big winner at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night (February 2, 2020).

The movie, which follows two British servicemen crossing enemy lines to deliver a vital message, won seven BAFTAs in total – Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and a Best Director gong for Mendes, as well as prizes for cinematography, sound, special visual effects, and production design.

Joker star Joaquin Phoenix claimed the Best Leading Actor prize at Royal Albert Hall ceremony in London, while the Best Leading Actress award went to Renee Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic Judy, boosting their chances of Oscars glory next weekend (February 9, 2020).

Supporting acting honors went to Brad Pitt, for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and Laura Dern for Marriage Story.

Joker, Todd Phillips’ dark origin story for the DC Comics supervillain, led all nominees with 11 ahead of the event, but only bagged two other BAFTAs in addition to Phoenix’s win – for Best Original Score and Best Casting.

Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won’s script for Parasite landed the Best Original Screenplay title, while Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit was named Best Adapted Screenplay. Parasite also triumphed in the Best Film Not in the English Language category.

Netflix’s festive adventure Klaus won Best Animated Film, and For Sama was named Best Documentary.

Blue Story star Micheal Ward won the public-voted EE Rising Star Award, following in the footsteps of past winners Tom Holland, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, and 2019 victor, Letitia Wright.

Andy Serkis collected an Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema accolade, while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was honored with a BAFTA Fellowship.

The 2020 BAFTAs were hosted by U.K. chat show host Graham Norton.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Film: 1917
Outstanding British Film: 1917
Best Director: Sam Mendes – 1917
Best Leading Actor: Joaquin Phoenix – Joker
Best Leading Actress: Renee Zellweger – Judy
Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern – Marriage Story
Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt – Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
EE Rising Star Award: Micheal Ward
Best Original Screenplay: Parasite – Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi – Jojo Rabbit
Best Casting: Shayna Markowitz – Joker
Animated Film: Klaus
Best Original Score: Hildur Gudnadottir – Joker
Best Documentary: For Sama
Best Film Not in the English Language: Parasite
Best Cinematography: Roger Deakins – 1917
Best Special Visual Effects: Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, and Dominic Tuohy – 1917
Best Production Design: Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales – 1917
Best Costume Design: Jacqueline Durran – Little Women
Best Makeup and Hair: Vivian Baker – Bombshell
Best Sound: Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, and Stuart Wilson – 1917
Best Editing: Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland – Le Mans ’66 (aka Ford v Ferrari)
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Mark Jenkin (writer/director), Kate Byers, and Linn Waite (Producers) – Bait
Best British Short Film: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
Best British Short Animation: Granddad Was A Romantic
BAFTA Fellowship: Kathleen Kennedy
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Andy Serkis