BAFTA: a new triumph for the film Roma

Several times awarded for series in recent years, Netflix had never signed such a resounding double at the prices BAFTA. What whet the appetite of the video platform to 130 million users before the Oscars for its production, which holds ten nominations for the ceremony scheduled for February 24 in Hollywood.

Oscar winner for Gravity (Gravity) in 2014, the Mexican Alfonso Cuarón, who was crowned best director a week ago by the Director Guild of America (DGA), this time won the BAFTA for best director ahead of Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman), Yorgos Lanthimos (The Favorite (The favorite)) and Bradley Cooper (A Star Is Born (A star Is Born)).

Shot in Spanish and black and white, Roma depicts Cuarón’s childhood in a neighborhood in Mexico City in the 1970s. The film has already received two Golden Globes and also won in the categories of Best Film in a Foreign Language and Best Cinematography.

I am overwhelmed by the reception this film has received, said Alfonso Cuarón, congratulated on Twitter by Netflix.

The favorite also stands out

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 for 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, where a confidante and a courtesan compete for her 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.

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Rami Malek in the movie Bohemian rhaspody

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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 I was eager to take on, did he declare.

Chalkboard shadow for Bohemian rhapsody however, since 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, denied by the main interested party.

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, consoled himself with the award for original music, BlacKkKlansman with that of the adapted scenario, and Vice with that of the assembly.

In the category of best animated film, 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, a film that chronicles the spectacular rope-free ascent of El Capitan, a granite wall in Yosemite Natural Park in California, by Alex Honnold. It was a first that fascinated the climbing world and gave the production team 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 focus on what exactly I needed to do to make this climb a success, said Alex Honnold.

Guyanese Letitia Wright, 25, won the Rising Star BAFTA – the only one awarded by the public – for her role as Shuri, sister of the superhero Black Panther, in the film of the same name, which was also the winner. of the prize for the 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: a new triumph for the film Roma

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