London: British film “1917” which is an epic war film directed, co-written and produced by Sam Mendes has won big at the BAFTA awards declared on Sunday evening (Monday morning in India). The film received a total of seven of the outstanding BAFTA Awards including the Best Director and the Best Film awards, besides the Outstanding British Film, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound, and Special Visual Effects. Todd Phillips
Todd Phillips directed American movie “Joker” won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, while “Parasite” directed by Bong Joon-ho of South Korea won two including best original screenplay and film not in the English language. The ceremony took place at the Royal Albert Hall in London and was attended by glitterati of the film industry, key media persons and some members of the British Royal family.
Renowned actor Brad Pitt won the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In Hollywood” while Renee Zellweger won Best Actress for “Judy”.
Brad Pitt’s speech in writing was read out, as he couldn’t attend the ceremony, where he joked about his failed marriages and UK’s exit from European Union as Brexit came into force recently. His acceptance speech began with: “Hi Britain, heard you just became single. Welcome to the club. Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement… blah blah blah.”