Date: 3rd February 2020

Sam Mendes film 1917 dominates Baftas 2020 awards.

World War One film 1917 was the big winner at the Bafta Film Awards on Sunday, with seven prizes in total.

The trophies for Sir Sam Mendes's movie included best film, best British film, best director and best cinematography.

Joker won three awards including best actor for Joaquin Phoenix, while Renée Zellweger was named best actress for her portrayal of Judy Garland.

Phoenix took aim at "systemic racism" and "oppression" within the film industry in his acceptance speech.

"I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don't have that same privilege," Phoenix said while on stage. "I think we send a very clear message to people of color that you're not welcome here."

"I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work," he continued. "This is not a self-righteous condemnation. I'm part of the problem."

Phoenix concluded his speech be explaining the need to "do the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a society of oppression to be the ones to dismantle it. That's on us."

South Korean film Parasite won two prizes - for original screenplay and film not in the English language.

Brad Pitt won best supporting actor for his role in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and made a Brexit joke in a message read out by his co-star Margot Robbie.

"Hey, Britain, hear you've become single - welcome to the club! Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement," the actress read.

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."

Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her performance as a divorce lawyer in Marriage Story.

"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," she said.

It is the first time since 1977 that all four of the Bafta awards for acting have been won by Americans.

Source: Press Release



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