1917 by Sam Mendes triumphs at the British BAFTAs

Already awarded at the Golden Globes, the war film has won seven BAFTAs, including those for best film and best director. In these two queen categories, he won against Irish (The irishman) by Martin Scorsese, Joker by Todd Philipps, Once upon a time in … Hollywood (Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood) by Quentin Tarantino and Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho.

On the contrary, it is the disappointment for Joker, given big favorite with 11 nominations but which is satisfied with three prizes.

Joaquin Phoenix, impressive and disturbing in his incarnation of the eponymous character of Joker, was nevertheless crowned with the title of best actor by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), against Leonardo DiCaprio (Once upon a time in … Hollywood), Adam Driver (Story of a wedding), Taron Egerton (Rocketman) and Jonathan Pryce (The two popes).

Actor Joaquin Phoenix, with his BAFTA award

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On the women’s side, the American Renée Zellweger won the BAFTA for best actress for her portrayal of legendary actress Judy Garland, deeply moving at the end of her career, in the biopic Judy. She won in particular against Jessie Buckley (Wild rose), Scarlett Johansson (Story of a wedding), Saoirse Ronan (Doctor March’s daughters) and Charlize Theron (Scandal).

Party with ten nominations, an ode to 1960s Hollywood Once upon a time in … Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s latest film, ultimately won only one award, that of the best supporting actor for Brad Pitt. Martin Scorsese’s politico-mafia thriller Irish, produced by Netflix and also nominated ten times, leaves without having obtained anything.

South Korean director Bong Joon-Ho is doing well, winning the BAFTA for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Screenplay for Parasite, a family drama, mixed with a thriller with also a social dimension, telling how an idle family invites itself into the daily life of a rich family, in an uncontrollable spiral.

Ecological concern, lack of diversity

The BAFTAs have shown their concern for the climate crisis by abandoning the bags of small gifts that are not respectful of the environment and by rolling out a red carpet made of recycled materials.

But this selection, made for most of the categories by the roughly 6,500 BAFTA members, including professionals from the film industry, has been sharply criticized for its lack of diversity.

Shortly before the ceremony, BAFTA President Pippa Harris herself lamented the lack of nominations for women in the best director category, as they represent the future of the industry, judging moreover exasperating and disappointing that no black actor or black actress was nominated in the main categories.

She promised a large-scale review, which is look into everything related to the award process, judging however that it was a industry-wide problem cinema, whose rewards are only the last rung.

Critics had started to flourish in early January on social media, in part under the hashtag BAFTASoWhite (BAFTA so white). They then found an important spokesperson in the person of director Steve McQueen. Black talent is far too overlooked, stormed the Oscar-winning director of 12 Years a Slave in the newspaper The Guardian.

The British branch of the Time’s Up foundation, a movement born in the wake of #MeToo (#MoiAussi), recalled the performances of Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lopez, Cynthia Erivo, Jodie Turner-Smith and Marianne Jean-Baptiste, denouncing a invisibility all the more shocking given the choice and some power films with black or Asian artists this year.

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1917 by Sam Mendes triumphs at the British BAFTAs

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