By Creative Media TimesSam Mendes’ “1917” was the big winner at the recently concluded British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards (BAFTA), winning seven awards including Best Film and Best Director. The win also put the film in a strong position to win big at the upcoming Oscar awards, where the film is nominated in 10 categories.
“In the midst of all this hoopla, it’s sometimes easy to forget the actual experience of shooting a movie,” Mendes said. “I had a kind of director’s paradise in this film that I think I’ll never, ever have again.”
“1917,” which came into the night as the big favorite with nine nominations total, also won outstanding British film, beating nominees “Bait,” “Rocketman,” “For Sama,” “Sorry We Missed You,” and “The Two Popes.”
Another multiple winner is the blockbuster hit Joker, which won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, as well as South Korean film Parasite which won two, including original screenplay and film not in the English language.
Read the complete list of BAFTA winners below.
1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh
1917 Sam Mendes