Belfast among the winners at the BAFTAs

The semi-autobiographical family drama from writer-director Kenneth Branagh Belfast won the Outstanding British Film Award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards in London on Sunday night.

On accepting the award, Branagh said: “Thank you to the British cinema public for seeing a lot of British and Irish films in British and Irish cinemas.

“Everyone welcomes the streaming revolution, but everyone also welcomes the big screen. She is alive and long may they live together.

“This is a black and white film about the riots. It wasn’t an easy pitch, but if the great talent in this space comes up with something that’s similarly unlikely to be made or funded, please remember, if you build it, they’ll come.

“Build it with passion and truth and believe in the originality and uniqueness of your story and your voice and believe in the public imagination to embrace any type of story well told.

“We are so proud to be included in this year’s films; they are all excellent. Thank you for being so kind to ours, we deeply appreciate it.”

Belfast had also been nominated for Best Picture, but the award went to The power of the dog.

Belfast-born Branagh missed out on the Best Original Screenplay category, with the award going to Liquorice Pizza Writer and Director Paul Thomas Anderson.

There was also disappointment for Irish actors Caitríona Balfe, Jessie Buckley, Ciarán Hinds and Ruth Negga in their respective categories.

Balfe, Buckley and Negga were nominated for their performances in the Best Supporting Actress category Belfast, The Lost Daughterand passrespectively, but the award went to West Side Stories Arianna DeBose.

balfes Belfast Co-star Hinds was among the nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category for which the award went KODAis Troy Kotsur.

The power of the dog‘s Jane Campion won Best Director.

Will Smith won Best Actor King Richard and Joanna Scanlan won Best Actress After love.

dune was the biggest winner with five awards in the technical categories.

The winners:

Best movie
The power of the dog

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

Outstanding British Film

Jane Campion – The power of the dog

leading lady
Joanna Scanlan After love

main actor
will smith King Richard

supporting actress
Ariana DeBose – Westside Story

supporting cast
Troy Kotsur KODA

Film not in English
drive my car

Summer of Soul (…or when the revolution couldn’t be televised)

animated film


Original script
Liquorice Pizza – Paul Thomas Anderson

Customized script
KODA -Sian Heder

EE Rising Star Award (voted by audience)
Lashana Lynch

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
The harder they fall – Jeymes Samuel (writer/director) (also written by Boaz Yakin)

dune – Greig Fraser

original score
dune – Hans Zimmer

Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett

Timothée Chalamet in Dune

no time to die -Tom Cross, Elliot Graham

Special visual effects
dune – Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer

product design
dune – Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos

costume design
Cruella – Jenny Beavan

makeup & hair
Tammy Faye’s eyes – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh

to water
Westside Story -Cindy Tolan

British short film
The black cop – Guess Oteka

British short animation
Don’t feed the pigeons – Jordi Morera

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