The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has just finished handing out their awards, making it abundantly clear which film was their favorite. Sam Mendes' magnificent war epic "1917" dominated the evening, winning seven out of its nine categories, including Best Film, Best Director (Mendes), Best Cinematography, and Outstanding British Film. The next closest film was "Joker," which took home awards for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Best Casting, and Best Score.
As far as surprises go, there weren't really that many. In fact, the biggest surprise was probably seeing "Joker" win Best Casting over better nominees like "Marriage Story" and "The Two Popes." "Klaus" pulled a slight upset to win Best Animated Feature over "Toy Story 4," but after its victory at the Annie Awards, it wasn't altogether surprising. Also not entirely unexpected was seeing "Jojo Rabbit" win Adapted Screenplay over "Little Women," which was the same result we had from the Writers Guild of America last night.
As far as the Oscars go, it seems pretty certain that the four acting frontrunners will be taking home awards next Sunday after their wins here tonight, which completed the Critics' Choice/Golden Globe/SAG/BAFTA sweep. Other categories remain a little murky. Visual Effects will be particularly hard to guess with BAFTA going with "1917," Critics' Choice going with "Avengers: Endgame," and the Visual Effects Society going with "The Lion King" and "The Irishman." Meanwhile, "Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood" has been a favorite for Production Design, even winning the Period category at the Art Directors Guild awards last night, and yet, BAFTA went with "1917."
How will it all play out? We'll just have to wait until the big ceremony on February 9th to find out, so be sure to check back to see who takes home Oscar gold next week.
In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of this evening's BAFTA winners:
Best Film: 1917
Best Director: Sam Mendes, 1917 Best Actor: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker Best Actress: Renee Zellweger, Judy Best Supporting Actor: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood Best Supporting Actress: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Best Casting: Joker Best Original Screenplay: Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won, Parasite Best Adapted Screenplay: Taika Waititi, Jojo Rabbit Best Editing: Le Mans '66 (aka Ford v Ferrari) Best Cinematography: 1917 Best Production Design: 1917 Best Costume Design: Little Women Best Make Up & Hair: Bombshell Best Original Music: Joker Best Sound: 1917 Best Special Visual Effects: 1917 Best Animated Film: Klaus Best Documentary: For Sama Best Film Not in the English Language: Parasite Best British Short Film: Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You're a Girl) Best British Short Animation: Grandad Was a Romantic
Outstanding British Film: 1917 Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer: Bait The EE Rising Star Award: Micheal Ward