Roma, a Netflix production, triumphed at the British Cinema Awards (Bafta) on Sunday by winning the awards for best film and best director (Alfonso Cuaron), a confirmation of the essential place that the American giant now occupies in cinema.
Several times awarded for series in recent years, Netflix had never signed such a resounding double at the Bafta. Enough to whet the appetite of the video platform to 130 million users before the Oscars, Roma totaling ten nominations for the ceremony scheduled for February 24 in Hollywood.
For the Bafta for best director, the Mexican Alfonso Cuaron won in particular in front of Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favorite) and Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born).
In Roma, shot in spanish and black and white, Cuaron, Oscar winner for Gravity in 2014, depicts his childhood in a neighborhood of Mexico City in the 1970s. The film, which has already received two Golden Globes, also won in the categories best film in a foreign language and best photography.
“I am overwhelmed by the reception this film has received”, said Alfonso Cuaron, “Congratulated” on Twitter by Netflix.
Nice harvest for “La Favorite”
Held at the Royal Albert Hall, the evening was also a success for the period film The Favorite, who, for want of the Best Picture award, has reaped a pretty harvest of awards: Best British Film, Best Sets, Best Makeup and Hairstyles, Best Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Best Original Screenplay, and, above all, best actress, a Bafta awarded to Olivia Colman for her portrayal of Queen Anne.
Oscar nominated and Golden Globe winner for the role, the 45-year-old British actress edged Glenn Close (The Wife) and Lady Gaga (A Star Is Born), among others. Sovereign sometimes all-powerful, sometimes miserable, Olivia Colman flies over this dramatic comedy set in 18th century England.e century, where a confidante and a courtesan compete for his favors.
On the men’s side, American actor Rami Malek, 37, received the Bafta for best actor for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury, the singer of Queen, in Bohemian rhapsody. “When I started preparing for the role of Freddie Mercury, I wondered if I was going to be up to it. It’s a huge responsibility, but a responsibility that I was eager to assume ”, did he declare.
Chalkboard shadow for Bohemian rhapsody, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) had suspended the appointment of its director, Bryan Singer, following accusations of sexual assault reported by the magazine The Atlantic, which he denies.
Roma and The Favorite ultimately left nothing but crumbs for their direct competitors. A Star Is Born, on the rise of a young singer interpreted by Lady Gaga, will have to console herself with the Bafta of the original music, BlacKkKlansman with that of the adapted scenario, and Vice with that of the assembly.
“Free Solo”, best documentary
In the animated film category, the British academy awarded Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, in which a new black and Latino spider-man takes center stage against a Peter Parker confined to a role of mentor.
The Bafta for Best Documentary went to Free Solo. The film chronicles Alex Honnold’s spectacular rope-free ascent of El Capitan, a granite wall in Yosemite Natural Park in California, a first that fascinated the climbing world and gave the production crew a cold sweat. .
“One of the reasons the movie is so great is because I had so much faith in the filmmakers to tell the story. I was able to concentrate on exactly what I had to do to make this climb successful ”, reacted Alex Honnold.
Guyanese Letitia Wright, 25, won the Rising Star Bafta (the only one awarded by the public) for her role as Shuri, the superhero’s sister in Black panther, in the film of the same name, also winner of the prize for best visual effects. Particularly moved, the young actress confided to having failed, a few years ago, to stop her career, and to thank God and her family.
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Bafta 2019: “Roma” wins the awards for best film and best director