The 2018 BAFTA Awards were held on Sunday night – here is a selection of the standout winners, along with their fellow nominees along with my verdict:
Call Me By Your Name
The Shape of Water
Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER
Verdict: Three Billboards was a deserved winner for best film and is pipped for best picture at the Oscars next month. It’s a tight category, but the film offers so much with a heartbreaking tale at the heart of it.
Best Leading Actor
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour – WINNER
Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Timothée Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
Verdict: This was fairly straight-forward. Oldman is faultless as the great Winston Churchill and was by far the best thing about Darkest Hour. It was a career best performance by the veteran actor and fully deserved.
Best Leading Actress
Annette Bening, Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool
Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER
Margot Robbie, I, Tonya
Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water
Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird
Verdict: By far the toughest category – but there can’t be too many arguments about McDormand’s win. Her performance in Three Billboards is both heartbreaking and charming and near perfect. Margot Robbie and Saoirse Ronan can count themselves unlucky however.
Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World
Hugh Grant, Paddington 2
Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER
Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Verdict: Again, another incredibly competitive category which could have easily gone to any of the nominees. Nevertheless, Sam Rockwell is brilliant in his role in Three Billboards, both hilarious and touching at the same time.
Best Supporting Actress
Allison Janney, I, Tonya – WINNER
Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour
Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird
Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread
Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water
Verdict: Allison Janney gave a startling performance in I, Tonya and fully deserves the prize. Her role is both shocking, forceful and right on the money. Credit must also go to the brilliant Kristin Scott Thomas and Laurie Metcalf who were both terrific also.
Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk
Guillermo del Toro, The Shape of Water – WINNER
Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri
Verdict: After watching Lady Bird, it’s difficult to see how Greta Gerwig wasn’t even nominated for this category bearing in mind it was her debut solo movie. Martin McDonagh can also count himself unlucky with Three Billboards, but instead it was Guillermo del Toro who took the prize for the incredulous The Shape of Water.
Three Billboards was the big winner on the night, scooping five trophies in total while Gary Oldman’s win was one of two trophies won for Winston Churchill epic, Darkest Hour.
Guillermo del Toro’s, The Shape of Water, won three awards in total despite being nominated for 12.
Sir Ridley Scott was also awarded the BAFTA Fellowship – his third honorary award despite never having won a competitve BAFTA.