Big Winners At BAFTA 2020
One of the most prestigious film awards ceremonies, the 2020 EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) concluded with a starry ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall on Sunday. And at this ceremony too, Joaquin Phoenix continued his winning streak by walking away with the Leading Actor trophy for his much highly acclaimed film, Joker. During his speech, the actor addressed the lack of diversity in the awards categories and garnered a huge applause during his speech.
He said, “I feel very honoured and privileged... but I have to say that I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don't have that same privilege. I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you're not welcome here, I think that's the message that we're sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from.”
Renee Zellweger won the Leading Actress award for portraying the role of Judy Garland in the movie Judy. While 1917 won the Best Film award and director Sam Mendes bagged the Best Director award for the same.
For Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Laura Dern won the award for Marriage Story, while Bradd Pitt won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Post this win, Renee, Joaquin, Laura and Brad have now won in their acting categories at every major ceremony of awards season so far. Besides the BAFTAs, they have won at the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild Awards and Critics' Choice Awards.
While Joker also walked away with awards for Original Score and Best Casting, it was 1917 that was the star at the BAFTAs. The film won seven prizes in total including the best film, best British film, best director and best cinematography.
South Korean film Parasite also won two prizes for Original Screenplay and Film Not In The English language.
Among the star-studded attendees, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were also in attendance.