Three Billboards Wins Big at 2018 BAFTAs

BAFTAs 2018: Why was there an all-black dress code and who ignored the memo?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the big victor at the Bafta awards in London's Royal Albert Hall as it carried off five gongs, including for best supporting actor, best British film and best film.

The British-directed film Three Billboards, which was shot in America, picked up the big ones: Best Film and Best British Film.

The best-actress race is an worldwide contest, pitting American Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards" against Britain's Sally Hawkins for "The Shape Of Water", Irish actress Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird", U.S. star Annette Bening for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" and Australia's Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya".

All three are up for the best film award, along with another World War II drama, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Luca Guadagnino's coming-of-age romance Call Me By Your Name. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Darkest Hour received nine nominations apiece. The WGA failings were a technical knockout at best, because you can't win an award you can't enter, but in the maelstrom of hype that leads up to Oscars week, it is always a bonus to be a part of it.

The analysis, conducted by business psychology firm Pearn Kandola, also revealed that 92% of nominees for "Best Supporting Actor" and "Best Supporting Actress" have been white.

Protester Ana Kaur said: "Like the Alianza Nacional De Campesinas, we recognise that gender-based violence happens everywhere, and that to disclose abuse requires support".

Three Billboards Wins Big at 2018 BAFTAs
Three Billboards Wins Big at 2018 BAFTAs

While Three Billboards' Best Film win makes it a serious contender with The Shape of Water for the Best Picture Oscar, del Toro has further entrenched himself as the helmer to beat for Best Director at the Academy Awards.

Gary Oldman beat Irish Resident Daniel Day-Lewis to the Best Actor award, in a category that included Daniel Kaluuya, Jamie Bell, and Timothée Chalamet.

Lupita Nyong'o, Jennifer Lawrence, Margot Robbie, Saoirse Ronan, and Angelina Jolie were among the stars who dressed in black.

Raoul Peck's I am not a Negro, which traces history of racism in the United States, won the award for Best Documentary, while Pixar Animation Studios's Coco won the trophy for Best Animated Film. The Duchess of Cambridge is due to attend the Royal Albert Hall ceremony with husband Prince William, who is president of the British movie academy.

Accepting her best actress accolade, McDormand, who chose not to wear black, quoted her on-screen character who has "a little trouble with compliance". Ridley Scott was honoured with the previously-announced BAFTA Fellowship.

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