Sir Sam Mendes’ 1917 was the big winner of the EE British Academy Film Awards 2020 winning a total of seven awards from nine nominations including Best Picture, Best Director, Cinematography and Outstanding British Film.
Todd Phillips’ Joker was the most nominated film of the night with eleven nods in total which it converted into three wins for Best Actor (Joaquin Phoenix), Casting, and Original Score.
Bong Joon Ho further cemented its position as a possible Oscar-winner with two wins for Best Original Screenplay and Film Not In The English Language.
Other acting awards went to Renee Zellweger for Best Actress in Judy, Brad Pitt for Supporting Actor in Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood, and Laura Dern for Supporting Actress in Marriage Story.
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The ceremony, hosted by Graham Norton, was held at London’s Royal Albert Hall and featured performances by Cirque du Soleil and Jessie Buckley. The full list of winners can be found below.
Best Film - 1917 (Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren)
Sir Sam Mendes said: "Thank you for giving us a really wonderful night.
"Thank you to all the people who have gone to see this in the cinemas, it's still on."
Star George MacKay added: "We would like to share this with every single member of the crew and the team who gave their time. The whole process in the film itself show the goodness that will come in going for something that is bigger than yourself."
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The Irishman (Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff)
Joker Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood (David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino)
Parasite (Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae)
Leading Actress - Renee Zellweger - Judy
Recognising her fellow nominees – including her Judy co-star Jessie Buckley – Zellweger said: "This is very humbling. Saoirse, Charlize, Scarlett, Jessie, it's an honour to share this evening with you. Jessie Buckley, you are a superstar. I'm so proud of you for this evening, you are such a special person, you elevate everything you do and I am so grateful for our friendship."
She added: "Miss Garland, London town, which you have always loved so much, still loves you back. This is for you."
Jessie Buckley - Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson - Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan - Little Women
Charlize Theron - Bombshell
Leading Actor - Joaquin Phoenix - Joker
Phoenix took aim at "systemic racism" and "oppression" within the industry in his acceptance speech.
He said: "I feel very honoured and privileged to be here tonight - Bafta has always been very supportive of my career and I'm deeply appreciative. 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.
"I don't think anybody wants a hand-out or preferential treatment, although that's what we give ourselves every year. I think people want to be appreciated and respected for their work.
"This is not a self-righteous condemnation because I am part of the problem, I have not done everything in my power - not all sets I've worked on are inclusive.
"I think that we really have to do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism... it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuated and benefit from a system of oppression to dismantle it, so that's on us."
Leonardo DiCaprio - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Adam Driver - Marriage Story
Taron Egerton Rocketman
Jonathan Pryce - The Two Popes
Director - 1917 - Sam Mendes
Mendes said: "In the midst of all this hoopla and stuff it is easy to forget the actual experience of shooting a movie and I had a director's paradise that I think I will never have again."
He thanked his cast, as well as the "classiest bunch of day players," and his cinematographer Roger Deakins, "the master himself".
He said: "Yes it's a movie we made but it's also about family and home and it's moving for me to get this in my hometown for the first time."
The Irishman - Martin Scorsese
Joker - Todd Phillips
Once Upon A Time In Hollywood - Quentin Tarantino
Parasite - Bong Joon-ho
Casting - Joker Shayna Markowitz
The inaugural casting Bafta went to Shayna Markowitz for Joker.
Sharon Horgan, who presented the prize alongside Kristin Scott Thomas, joked that "in previous years it was only ever presented with a basket of cupcakes".
Joker actress Zazie Beetz picked up the prize on Markowitz's behalf, as she has just given birth to a baby girl.
Marriage Story Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Victoria Thomas
The Personal History of David Copperfield Sarah Crowe
The Two Popes Nina Gold
EE Rising Star Award - Micheal Ward
Collecting the prize from Daniel Kaluuya, Ward said: "Wow guys, thank you for that reception, I had something planned but it's all gone to what, oh my days.
"I just want to say thank you first of all to God for making all of this possible.
"Dad, I know you're watching down on me protecting me on this journey, thank you to my mum for believing in me."
He added: "Thank you to Top Boy for changing my life forever, Blue Story, I wouldn't be here without the movie.
"What I want to say is, people watching at home, looking at me, life didn't have to be this way. You have to see the opposite and see a vision."
Kelvin Harrison Jr
Film Not In The English Language - Parasite (Bong Joon-ho)
Collecting the gong, director Bong said: "Thank you so much, I think our team have come the longest way to be here tonight.
"I would like to say a round of applause for all the beautiful films nominated in this category,
"This film would not have been possible without the great actors who formed the perfect cast. Song Kang-ho, one of the greatest actors of his generation, is here with us today."
The Farewell (Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia)
For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
Pain and Glory (Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar)
Portrait Of A Lady On Fire (Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur)
Special Visual Effects - 1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
Avengers: Endgame Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick
The Irishman Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
The Lion King Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy
Supporting Actor - Brad Pitt - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Pitt could not attend the ceremony so the prize was collected by his co-star Margot Robbie, who said Pitt was absent due to "family obligations".
Reading his speech, she said: "Hey Britain, heard you just became single, welcome to the club. Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement."
She added: "He says he is going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words not mine."
Tom Hanks - A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood
Anthony Hopkins - The Two Popes
Al Pacino -The Irishman
Joe Pesci - The Irishman
Original Screenplay - Parasite Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho
Writer and director Bong Joon-ho said: "I didn't expect this award at all because the script was written in a foreign language, so thank you to Bafta for showing so much love to this film.
"I spent many lonely hours at coffee shops because I always write in coffee shops. I never imagined I would be standing here at the Royal Albert Hall."
Booksmart Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Knives Out Rian Johnson
Marriage Story Noah Baumbach
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Quentin Tarantino
Documentary - For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
Syrian filmmaker Waad Al-Kateab took her four-year-old daughter Sama, for whom the film was made, with her on to the stage.
She said: "In 2016 we were in Aleppo in a basement of a field hospital and we heard the shelling and the bombing all the time around us.
"At one moment in 2016, when I was in contact with Channel 4 News, we thought where we should bury our footage in case we didn't make it, it needed to be saved."
She added: "The situation in Syria is still so bad, there is shelling on 3.5 million civilians, they should hear your voice now, they should hear that Britain, as a great country will not let that happen again.
"I know it's so hard. I wanted to dedicate it to the great Syrian people who are still suffering today and the nurses, doctors and volunteers, I dedicate it to them, let them hear your voice."
American Factory (Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
Apollo 11 (Todd Douglas Miller)
Diego Maradona (Asif Kapadia)
The Great Hack (Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim)
Outstanding Contribution To British Cinema - Andy Serkis
Andy Serkis accepted the outstanding British contribution to cinema award from his Lord Of The Rings co-star Sir Ian McKellen.
Serkis, who was previously confirmed to be picking up the prestigious prize, was described by Sir Ian as "the most agile actor in London" as he arrived on stage.
The actor, producer, director and performance capture expert said: "Thank you Bafta for this incredible honour, thank you all for standing up, that's just blown my mind."
He thanked his wife, the actress Lorraine Ashbourne, and their three children, who were sat in the audience and appeared emotional as he joked about wearing "grey spandex" for his job.
Serkis added: "Something briefly about performance capture. I truly believe it is an egalitarian form of acting, a great tool for storytelling in the 21st century, it signifies the end of type-casting - anyone can play anything."
Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director, or Producer - Bait Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
For Sama Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
Maiden Alex Holmes (Director)
Only You Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
Retalbo Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*
*also written by Héctor Gálvez
Adapted Screenplay - Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi
The film's writer and director Taika Waititi, who is from New Zealand, said: "This is very cool for me, coming from the Colonies..."
He added, to laughter from the audience: "I know it's been a hard week for you guys, it's been nice to take a little bit of your gold back home, where it belongs.
"This is a really incredible night for me, sharing it with the people who made the film with me."
The Irishman Steven Zaillian
Joker Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes Anthony McCarten
Supporting Actress - Laura Dern - Marriage Story
Dern said: "When I was six years old, my mother received this very award in this category thanks to Mr Scorsese, and it was sat on our piano, and my friend asked me, 'Ooh, what's that mask?' and I said, 'My mum told me that it's what friends give you to congratulate you, because you get to have the job you love.'
"Thank you Bafta, thank you for including me in this room of extraordinary artists as we get to tell stories and do the job we love."
Scarlett Johansson - Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh - Little Women
Margot Robbie - Bombshell
Margot Robbie - Once Upon a Time In Hollywood
Cinematography - 1917 Roger Deakins
Collecting the award, Deakins said: "I think it was George Orwell that said all films are special but some films are more special than others, and for me this was a really special film.
"Not just thank you to Sam (Mendes) for involving me in it and giving me this challenge but it was special for the crew I was working with, some of them here tonight, up there."
Roger Deakins' win for best cinematography means he has become the most-decorated winner of that category.
He has now won the award five times, for the films The Man Who Wasn't There (2002), No Country For Old Men (2008), True Grit (2011), Blade Runner 2049 (2018) and 1917 (2020).
The Irishman Rodrigo Prieto
Joker Lawrence Sher
Le Mans ‘66 Phedon Papamichael
The Lighthouse Jarin Blaschke
Editing - Le Mans ‘66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
The Irishman Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit Tom Eagles
Joker Jeff Groth
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Fred Raskin
Costume Design - Little Women Jacqueline Durran
The Irishman Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
Jojo Rabbit Mayes C. Rubeo
Judy Jany Temime
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Arianne Phillips
Production Design - 1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
The Irishman Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
Jojo Rabbit Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
Joker Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh
Sound - 1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
Joker Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
Le Mans ‘66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
Rocketman Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood
Original Score - Joker Hildur Guđnadóttir
1917 Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit Michael Giacchino
Little Women Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker John Williams
British Short Film - Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You’re A Girl) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
Azaar Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
Goldfish Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
Kamali Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
The Trap Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald
British Short Animation - Grandad Was A Romantic. Maryam Mohajer
In Her Boots Kathrin Steinbacher
The Magic Boat Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel
Make Up & Hair - Bombshell Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
1917 Naomi Donne
Joker Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
Judy Jeremy Woodhead
Rocketman Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
Animated Film - Klaus (Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh)
Frozen 2 (Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho)
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon (Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley)
Toy Story 4 (Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen)
Outstanding British Film - 1917 (Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren)
Collecting the award, writer Krysty Wilson-Cairns, who penned the script with Sir Sam Mendes, said: "Thank you so much for this honour, I can't tell you how much it means to us all. As co-writer of this film I was involved from a very early stage and I got to witness how quintessentially British it was."
She paid tribute to the more than 1,200-strong British crew, as well as its British actors and "some very gung-ho supporting artists, some almost too gung-ho".
Bait (Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite)
For Sama (Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts)
Rocketman (Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall)
Sorry We Missed You (Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty)
The Two Popes (Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten)
You can check out the full list of nominees at the BAFTA website.
The ceremony took place on 2 February at the Royal Albert Hall, hosted by Graham Norton.