The British Academy Film Awards on Sunday celebrated the anti-German movie “All Still at the Western Front”. It also was awarded Best Picture. This will enhance its chances of getting selected for the Oscars. It was also impressive to see the Irish tragedy “The Banshees of Inisheron” as well as the rock biopic “Elvis”, garnering the same four prizes. Edd Berger was awarded the Best Director prize for “All Quiet” in addition to other prizes like Best Film and Cinematography. Unexpectedly, Austin Butler received a prize also.
at the Tony Awards ceremony, Baz Lurhmann’s show “Elvis” received awards for casting, Costume Design, and hair and make-up. The Best Actress Prize was awarded to Cate Blanchett for the Orchestral Drama “Tar.” Martin McDonagh’s “Banshees,” the bleakly humorous tale of a relationship which has gone south, won the award for Best British Film. Upon being notified of this award, McDonagh laughed and asked, “Best what ad?” McDonagh, despite being filming in Ireland by an Irish crew, and receiving British money for the production laughed that he is a British born and the father of Irish parents.
The EE BAFTA Film Ads, Britain’s equivalent to the Hollywood Academy Awards, were awarded the Best Supporting Actor award. The lead-up to win the Academy Awards, ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’, was surprisingly small, winning only one winner from the BAFTA nominations in the category of editing. Alison Hammond and Richard E. Grant host the awards ceremony and it was held at London’s Royal Festival Hall. These awards will give us an idea of possible Oscar nominees coming up in March.
Despite the efforts of its hosts to make it more inclusive, there is much to do. Stephen Grant, the host was jovial about the famous altercation that occurred during the fight between Chris Rock and Will Smith during the prior Oscar ceremony. Prince William was in attendance too. He’s the president of the UK’s film and television academy.
With his wife Kate, William was dressed in a tuxedo paired with his black velvet jacket. Kate had on a gorgeous Alexander McQueen dress she’d also been adorned in at the BAFTAs. Helen Mirren honored William’s grandmother Queen Elizabeth II by paying tribute. Mirren is a well-known actress who has portrayed the Queen on screen, and her role on screen in “The Audience” was dubbed Elizabeth The Nation’s most celebrated woman. The British Film Academy made changes to diversify their advertising. No woman was nominated for Best Director this year for the seventh consecutive time as all the candidates for lead roles were women.
Eleven women directors were up for consideration in advertisements across all genres, including documentaries and animated films. Only Gina Princebywood, who received a nomination for the best director in the film “The Women King”, was the only female candidate. Chair of BAFTA, Krishnendu Majumdar, said that the academy’s reflection been an essential and challenging procedure, and added the “important work” to create an even playing field would remain ongoing. For the start of the evening, Ariana DeBose performed “Sisters are Doing It for Theirself” along with a rap tribute to some nominees, including Michelle Yeoh, Cate Blanchett, and more.
In the summary
This year’s BAFTAs proved to be a remarkable display of unity, diversity and respect. BAFTAs are designed to highlight the incredible talent Britain offers in the world of film, as well as in other fields. The BAFTAs have brought awareness to not just William, Kate, Helen Mirren, but also the disparity in diversity between the individuals chosen for lead roles in movies. With this being said, the entire industry ought to make an effort to recognize and celebrate individuals from all different types of lives. This way, we’ll become able to make an environment that is more inclusive and unifying.