‘Three Billboards’ Continues Winning Streak at the 2018 BAFTA Awards

Photo Source: Fox Searchlight

This year’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) statue winners offered a dose of déjà vu as awards attention turned across the pond on Feb. 18. The 71st annual ceremony, hosted by Joanna Lumley, offered stars the chance to, once again, dress in black for the Time’s Up movement, and as it’s done stateside, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” took home the night’s top honors.

Awards favorites, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, descended on Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday to fete the year’s film achievements. The results may have cemented the 2018 Oscar winners, or at least added momentum to the existing frontrunners. The EE British Academy Film Awards are the Academy Awards equivalent in the U.K. and the last major awards show before Hollywood’s biggest night on March 4.

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“The Shape of Water” led the nominations count with 12 nods, and the Fox Searchlight Pictures film took home three of those—best director for Guillermo del Toro, production design, and original music. The studio had a great night as its other awards success, “Three Billboards,” took home the two biggest awards, for both best film and best British film. McDonagh’s story about an angry, grieving mother in a small town also took home Mask statues for best actress Frances McDormand, best supporting actor Sam Rockwell, and best original screenplay. The two acting awards, as well as the overall film awards, secured “Three Billboards” as an Academy Awards frontrunner in at least three categories.

Also solidifying their frontrunner status were best supporting actress winner Allison Janney, whose portrayal of Tonya Harding’s mother in Neon’s “I, Tonya” has had her accepting award after award this season, and best actor Gary Oldman, for his transformation into Winston Churchill for Focus Features’ “The Darkest Hour.”

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Daniel Kaluuya, who broke out last year as the lead in Jordan Peele’s “Get Out” (Universal), took home a Mask for the EE Rising Star Award, which is voted on by the public. “Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics) didn’t go home empty handed; the film won for best adapted screenplay.

Looking towards the Film Independent Spirit Awards and Academy Awards in two weeks, it’s rare to find the consistency in winners that the 2018 awards circuit has provided. All the acting awards, in addition to the directing honor and overall film category, seem all but decided after repeat wins at the major awards shows this year, including the Golden Globes, Critics’ Choice (the only departure in the best picture category so far), SAG Awards, and now BAFTA.

For a full list of this year’s BAFTA film winners, visit the Academy’s website.

Best Picture
“Call Me By Your Name” (Sony Pictures Classics)
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)
“Dunkirk” (Warner Bros.)
“The Shape Of Water” (Fox Searchlight)
***“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight)

Best British Film
“Darkest Hour” (Focus Features)
“The Death Of Stalin” (IFC Films)
“God’s Own Country” (Orion Films)
“Lady Macbeth” (Roadside Attractions)
“Paddington 2” (Warner Bros.)
***“Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” (Fox Searchlight)

Best Director
Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049”
Luca Guadagnino, “Call Me By Your Name”
Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk”
***Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape Of Water”
Martin Mcdonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Original Screenplay
Jordan Peele, “Get Out”
Steven Rogers, “I, Tonya”
Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird”
Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape Of Water”
***Martin Mcdonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Best Adapted Screenplay
***James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name”
Armando Iannucci, Ian Martin, David Schneider, “The Death Of Stalin”
Matt Greenhalgh, “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”
Aaron Sorkin, “Molly’s Game”
Simon Farnaby, Paul King, “Paddington 2”

Best Actress
Annette Bening, “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”
***Frances McDormand, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Margot Robbie, “I, Tonya”
Sally Hawkins, “The Shape Of Water”
Saoirse Ronan, “Lady Bird”

Best Actor
Daniel Day-lewis, “Phantom Thread”
Daniel Kaluuya, “Get Out”
***Gary Oldman, “Darkest Hour”
Jamie Bell, “Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool”
Timothée Chalamet, “Call Me By Your Name”

Best Supporting Actress
***Allison Janney, “I, Tonya”
Kristin Scott Thomas, “Darkest Hour”
Laurie Metcalf, “Lady Bird”
Lesley Manville, “Phantom Thread”
Octavia Spencer, “The Shape Of Water”

Best Supporting Actor
Christopher Plummer, “All The Money In The World”
Hugh Grant, “Paddington 2”
***Sam Rockwell, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”
Willem Dafoe, “The Florida Project”
Woody Harrelson, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

EE Rising Star Award
***Daniel Kaluuya
Florence Pugh
Josh O’connor
Tessa Thompson
Timothée Chalamet

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