BAFTAs 2019: Weisz and Colman kiss as The Favourite wins six gongs

Brunilde Fioravanti
Febbraio 11, 2019

"It's got my name on it but we can scratch on some other ones".

United States actor Rami Malek poses with the award for a Leading Actor for his work on the film "Bohemian Rhapsody" at the BAFTA British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London on February 10, 2019.

Costume romp The Favourite was the biggest victor at the BAFTAs on Sunday, taking seven awards, but Netflix's black and white film Roma picked up the Best Film prize, as well as Director, at Britain's top movie honors.

Cooper picked up the Original Music prize for "A Star Is Born", while Adapted Screenplay went to Spike Lee's "BlacKkKlansman".

Mahershala Ali took the Supporting Actor prize for his role in Green Book, set in the segregated U.S. South in the early 1960s.

The awards, known as BAFTAs, will be scoured for clues on who might triumph at Hollywood's Academy Awards on February 24.

Roma, which has tied with The Favourite by bagging 10 nominations at the 91st Academy Awards, has also been a favourite this year.

The main difference with the Oscars is that at the British awards, real royalty mixes with the Hollywood variety.

Prince William, and his wife, Kate, Duchess of Cambridge - wearing a white, off-the-shoulder Alexander McQueen dress - joined Amy Adams, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Timothee Chalamet and other film stars for the black-tie ceremony at Royal Albert Hall.

"Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley was the gently risque host. The film also won both Best Film and Best Film Not in an English Language awards. It had a single BAFTA nomination, for visual effects, which it won.

The red carpet glamour unfolded against a backdrop of soul-searching and scandal about abuses in the entertainment industry.

Malek thanked Dexter Fletcher, the director who was brought on for the last weeks of filming after Bryan Singer was dropped.

BAFTA said the alleged abuse was "completely unacceptable" and incompatible with its values. Singer, who was sacked while "Bohemian Rhapsody" was in mid-production in 2017, denies the allegations. The film itself is still nominated.

The number of female nominees was up this year, but there was criticism of the academy's failure to nominate any female filmmakers in the best-director category.

A British wing of the "Times's Up" campaign founded past year is vowing to keep the campaign going and to double the number of women in film, on and off screen.

Director Alfonso Cuaron poses for photographers backstage with his Best Film and Best Director award for his film Roma at the BAFTA awards in London.

Accepting the supporting actress award, Weisz said: "Thank you to Bafta for this huge honour".

"It needs to be 50 percent", said Harris, who called the gender imbalance an industry-wide problem.

Looking visibly shaken as she walked up to the stage of London's Royal Albert Hall, the actress - who played Queen Anne in The Favourite - clutched a piece of paper with her notes on what to say. "Men seem to find that transition much easier".

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