BAFTA 2020 winners

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British director Sam Mendes' war epic 1917 is the big winner at this year's BAFTA Awards, taking home the night's big prize, best picture, as well as a slew of other gongs.

Beating The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood and Parasite to win best film, Mendes also became the first British winner of the best director BAFTA in 11 years.

1917, a deeply personal story based on Mendes' grandfather's wartime experiences, picked up seven awards out of nine nominations, including for cinematography, sound and production design, and the prize for outstanding British film at the 2020 ceremony.

The night's acting prizes followed a similar pattern to the Golden Globes and other awards ceremonies so far this year, with Joaquin Phoenix and Renee Zellweger named best leading actor and actress, for their roles in Joker and Judy, and Brad Pitt and Laura Dern taking home the supporting prizes, for their performances in Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood and Marriage Story.

Other winners included Korean black comedy Parasite, which was named best film not in the English language, and it also won the prize for best original screenplay. As well as Phoenix's trophy, Joker won two other awards, for original score and casting, while the adapted screenplay BAFTA went to anti-hate satire Jojo Rabbit.

But the night belonged to 1917.  Speaking in the winner's room, Sir Sam praised the strength of the UK film industry after his successful night.

"The sheer depth of talent in the industry here is extraordinary and this was made by those craftsmen," he said.


Here is the full list of winners:

Best film: 1917

Outstanding British film: 1917

Leading actor: Joaquin Phoenix for Joker

Leading actress: Renee Zellweger for Judy

Supporting actor: Brad Pitt for Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood

Supporting actress: Laura Dern for Marriage Story

Director: Sir Sam Mendes for 1917

Cinematography: Roger Deakins for 1917

Casting: Joker

Adapted screenplay: Jojo Rabbit

Original screenplay: Parasite

EE rising star: Micheal Ward

Documentary: For Sama

Animated film: Klaus

Make-up and hair: Bombshell

British short animation: Granddad Was A Romantic

British short film: Learning To Skateboard In A Warzone (If You're A Girl)

Original score: Joker

Sound: 1917

Production design: 1917

Costume design: Little Women

Editing: Le Mans '66

Outstanding debut: Bait

Special visual effects: 1917

Film not in the English language: Parasite

Outstanding British contribution to cinema: Andy Serkis

Fellowship: Kathleen Kennedy

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