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  • by Jeff Beck

The Winners of the 2022 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has just finished handing out their awards for 2021, with Jane Campion's "The Power of the Dog" claiming the top prize of Best Film. The film also received Best Director for Campion.

Things went mostly as expected, with "Dune" winning the most awards with five (surprisingly losing Best Editing to "No Time to Die"). However, there was at least one enormous surprise at this year's ceremony when "CODA" came out of nowhere to win Best Adapted Screenplay, besting assumed winner "The Power of the Dog," which has dominated the category throughout awards season. It will certainly be interesting to see if this ends up repeating at the Oscars later in a couple of weeks.

Speaking of screenplays, it was unfortunate to see "Belfast" get defeated by Paul Thomas Anderson's remarkably bland "Licorice Pizza," which was another fairly big surprise. As a result, both of the top contenders for Best Picture ended up under-performing, with "Belfast" only taking Outstanding British Film (out of six nominations) and "The Power of the Dog" only taking its top two awards (out of eight nominations).

Regardless, Campion's film seems poised to take top honors at the Oscar later this month. The final test will come this Saturday at the Producers Guild of America Awards, which are unusually late this year. A win there would certainly seal the deal, giving us a rather dull Oscar ceremony on the 27th, but we'll ultimately just have to wait and see how it all plays out.

In the meantime, please see below for a complete list of today's BAFTA Award winners:

Best Film: The Power of the Dog

Best Director: Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog

Best Actor: Will Smith, King Richard

Best Actress: Joanna Scanlan, After Love

Best Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur, CODA

Best Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose, West Side Story

Best Casting: West Side Story

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza

Best Adapted Screenplay: Sian Heder, CODA

Best Editing: No Time to Die

Best Cinematography: Dune

Best Production Design: Dune

Best Costume Design: Cruella

Best Make Up & Hair: The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Best Original Score: Dune

Best Sound: Dune

Best Special Visual Effects: Dune

Best Animated Film: Encanto

Best Documentary: Summer of Soul

Best Film Not in the English Language: Drive My Car

Best British Short Film: The Black Cop

Best British Short Animation: Do Not Feed the Pigeons

Outstanding British Film: Belfast

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer: The Harder They Fall

The EE Rising Star Award: Lashana Lynch

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