There were no major upsets or surprise winners at the EE British Academy Film Awards. The award ceremony took place on Sunday in London, at the Royal Albert Hall. “1917”- a World War I drama dominated the night as it won for “Best film”, “Best director “- for Sam Mendes, “Best cinematography” and “Outstanding British film”. “Joker” picked up “Best original score” for its composer Hildur Gudnadottir and the “Inaugural casting award”, which went to Shayna Markowitz.

BAFTA 2020 Awards

The individual acting categories were strangely dominated by Americans. “Joker” won three awards including “Best actor” for Joaquin Phoenix.  Renee Zellweger was named “Best actress” for her portrayal of Judy Garland. Laura Dern was named “Best supporting actress” for her performance as a divorce lawyer in “Marriage Story”. Brad Pitt won “Best supporting actor” for his role in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time in Hollywood”.

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Renee Zellweger and Joaquin Phoenix. (c) EPA/GETTY

It is worthy to note that, it is the first time since 1977 that all four of the Bafta awards for acting have been won by Americans.

The Baftas nominations were criticized for the serious lack of diversity – after all 20 acting nominees were white, with no female directors nominated since 2013.

Baftas host Graham Norton opened by saying it was “the year when white men finally broke through… 11 nominations for Joker – the story of a white man who makes himself even whiter.” He joked that Once Upon a Time in Hollywood harked back to 50 years ago when film was “a misogynistic male-dominated industry, resistant to change”.

Brad Pitt made a Brexit joke in a message read out by his co-star Margot Robbie. “Hey, Britain, heard you’ve become single – welcome to the club! Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement,” the actress read.  “He says he is going to name this “Harry” because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words not mine.” She added

BAFTA 2020

Approximately 6,700 BAFTAs members voted for the nominations spanning 39 feature films. It was broadcasted exclusively on BBC and BBC America.

Check out the full list of winners;

Best Film


Best Director

Sam Mendes (“1917”)

Leading Actress

Renée Zellweger (“Judy”)

Leading Actor

Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

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Joaquin Phoenix

Supporting Actor

Brad Pitt – “Once Upon A Time… in Hollywood”

Supporting Actress

Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”) 

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Richard E Grant presents the award for best supporting actress to Laura Dern.
Photograph: Toby Melville/Reuters

Adapted Screenplay

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Original Screenplay

Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”)

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite (“Bait”)

Original Score

Hildur Guđnadóttir (“Joker”)


Roger Deakins (“1917”)

EE Rising Star Award

Micheal Ward

Film Not In The English Language

Bong Joon-ho (“Parasite”) 


Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts (“For Sama”) *WINNER

Animated Film

Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh (“Klaus”) 


Shayna Markowitz (“Joker”)


Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker (“Le Mans ’66”)

Production Design

Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales (“1917”)

Costume Design

Jacqueline Durran (“Little Women”)

Makeup and Hair

Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan (“Bombshell”)


Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson (“1917”)

Special Visual Effects

Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy (“1917”)

British Short Animation

Maryam Mohajer (“Grandad Was a Romantic”)

British Short Film

Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva (“Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl”)


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