UPDATED with winners list: Netflix’s The Power of the Dog was named the Best Film on Sunday at the EE British Academy Film Awards. The victory in BAFTA’s marquee category, along with a win by Jane Campion as Best Director, helped cement the Western as a front-runner in the race for the Oscar.
The in-person ceremony at Royal Albert Hall in London and hosted by Rebel Wilson saw Warner Bros’ Dune dominated in the crafts categories, finishing with a leading five trophies: for Production Design, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Sound and Original Score. No other film had more that two wins.
Dune, thought, lost out to Dog in the Best Film race that also included Focus Features’ Belfast, which won the Outstanding British Film award tonight; Licorice Pizza, which took the Original Screenplay prize for Paul Thomas Anderson; and Netflix’s satire Don’t Look Up.
“Everyone has the right to be seen, everyone has the right to feel safe, everyone has the right to love,” producer Ian Canning said onstage after The Power of the Dog’s big win, quoting the book’s author Thomas Savage. (Campion, like an unusual amount of winners tonight, did not attend the ceremony. She won the DGA Award on Saturday and attended the ceremony in Los Angeles.)
Will Smith for King Richard, Ariana DeBose for West Side Story and Troy Kotsur for CODA won in the main actor and actress categories, following the trend of the awards seasons so far. The outlier tonight on the acting side was Joanna Scanlan, who won Leading Actress for the Brit pic After Love.
A year ago, BAFTA and the Academy were in lock-step on the big awards, matching on Best Picture (Nomadland) along with the main acting categories, directing (Chloé Zhao), animation, international feature and both screenplay races among others.
Overall, Warner Bros’ Dune led all nominees coming into the show tonight with 11 noms, with eight for The Power of the Dog and Belfast with six.
As for other double winners, West Side Story scored tonight for Casting and DeBose, while CODA won for Kotsur and Siân Heder’s Adapted Screenplay.
The James Bond film No Time to Die, the subject of the opening number by none other than Dame Shirley Bassey (she sang “Diamonds Are Forever,” won for Tom Cross and Elliot Graham’s Editing. The film’s Lashana Lynch also won the EE Rising Star Award, a fan-voted category.
Greig Fraser (ASC, ACS), who won for his cinematography on Dune, tested positive for Covid and could not accept in person.
In a statement to Deadline, Frasier said, “I certainly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my camera team, the sound department, the outstanding music composers, the hair and makeup artists, editors, costumers, art and production design departments.
He continued, “I’d have no business accepting this award without thanking my wife Jodie. You have been the greatest supporter and the reason I am able to forge my path in this challenging industry.
“And of course Denis Villeneuve. I am grateful you took me on this journey with you, and I can’t wait to see where it takes us next.”
You can relive the night’s play by play, including a strong effort from Wilson as host, via Deadline’s live blog (here).
Here’s the complete list of winners:
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jane Campion, Iain Canning, Roger Frappier, Tanya Seghatchian, Emile Sherman
THE POWER OF THE DOG
Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, Clark Spencer
Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos
SUMMER OF SOUL (OR, WHEN THE REVOLUTION COULD NOT BE TELEVISED)
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel
Paul Thomas Anderson
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Kenneth Branagh, Laura Berwick, Becca Kovacik, Tamar Thomas
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
DRIVE MY CAR
Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Teruhisa Yamamoto
West Side Story
EE RISING STAR AWARD
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
THE HARDER THEY FALL
Jeymes Samuel (Writer/Director) [also written by Boaz Yakin]
WEST SIDE STORY
MAKE UP & HAIR
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE
Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett
NO TIME TO DIE
Tom Cross, Elliot Graham
BRITISH SHORT FILM
THE BLACK COP
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS
Vladimir Krasilnikov, Jordi Morera, Antonin Niclass
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer
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