Yesterday night the Royal Festival Hall in London hosted the most important night in British cinema, as well as one of the most revenant film awards worldwide.
The BAFTA ceremony was rich in talent, with Richard E. Grant presenting and many Hollywood stars attending, but also in memories.
The 76th edition wanted, indeed, to pay homage to the late Queen Elizabeth II with a series of tributary speeches.
Noticeably, the Queen had always supported BAFTA and the cinematic arts, but since her passing in September 2022, her grandson William seems to have taken over her role. The Prince of Wales, who attended last night's ceremony with the Princess of Wales, became honorary president of BAFTA in 2010, carrying on his duty passionately and diligently.
Obviously, the presence of the British Royal Family was just a small part of the incredible event that celebrated the film industry last night. The “big” part is: the nominees and winners.
This year, the BAFTA brought both a lot of joy and also a bit of anger for those who seemed to have the award tight in their hands but that, in the end, found themselves leaving with nothing. If you can call a BAFTA nomination “nothing”.
Specifically, a sense of slight disappointment reached the cast and crew of both Tàr and Elvis.
If the former’s director and writer Todd Field could not win in the Best Original Screenplay and Best Director categories, the latter conquered the Best Hair and Make-Up, Best Casting, and Best Costume awards, still losing out on the most relevant categories.
However, both films triumphed within the acting categories, with Cate Blanchett and Austin Butler winning, respectively, Best Actress and Best Actor.
Highly anticipated were also the results achieved by All Quiet on the Western Front and The Banshees Of Inisherin.
The World War I German film dominated the night, winning the highest number of awards, seven, among which Best Director, Best Film, and Best Film Not in the English Language.
Crucially, All Quiet on the Western Front was able to break a record standing for 35 years, surpassing the Italian masterpiece Cinema Paradiso, and becoming the non-English movie with the most wins.
On the other hand, The Banshees Of Inisherin reached the second-highest number of victories, which includes Best Supporting Actor for Barry Keoghan and Best Supporting Actress for Kerry Condon.
With the conclusion of this very successful BAFTAs edition, the next main cinematic appointment will be on March 12, with the Oscars but, in the meantime, have a look at the complete list of BAFTA winners here.
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