News World '1917' wins best film and best director at BAFTA awards

‘1917’ wins best film and best director at BAFTA awards

First World War drama “1917” was the big winner at the BAFTAs on Sunday, picking up seven awards including best picture and director for Sam Mendes, at a glittering ceremony that made headlines for a glaring lack of diversity among nominees.

The thrilling drama, shot in what appears to be a single take, was also honoured in the outstanding British film, sound, production design, cinematography and special visual effects categories.

Britain’s top movie awards have been criticized for having all-white shortlists in its acting categories and an all-male one for director, triggering the use of the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite on social media.

BAFTA boss Amanda Berry had said she was “very disappointed” by the lack of diversity.

Joaquin Phoenix, voted best actor for his critically acclaimed transformation from vulnerable loner into confident villain in “Joker”, addressed the issue head on in his acceptance speech.

The industry was sending “a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here”, he said, adding it “was on us” to dismantle a system of oppression.

Award presenter Rebel Wilson drew the biggest laughs and cheers of the evening when, after reading out the all-male best director list, said: “I don’t think I could do what they do, honestly I just don’t have the balls”.

Actress Scarlett Johansson, who missed out in the leading and supporting actress categories, told Reuters the all-male directing shortlist showed women were being held back and the industry had to be mindful of the issue.

“It’s pretty disappointing, especially because there were so many great films this year that happened to be directed by women,” she said.

Renee Zellweger beat Johansson to the best actress gong for her portrayal of Judy Garland in “Judy”. The two will go head-to-head again at the Oscars on Feb. 9.

It was a frustrating evening for Netflix’s “The Irishman”, Martin Scorsese’s star-studded gangster drama, which was nominated in 10 categories but left empty handed.

The streaming giant, however, fared better with divorce drama “Marriage Story”, which saw Laura Dern win best supporting actress.

Brad Pitt picked up best supporting actor for Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood”, the only success for a movie nominated for 10 awards. Bong Joon Ho’s darkly comic film “Parasite” triumphed in the original screenplay and film not in the English language categories at the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall

(Reuters)

Top Stories

Two couples from Romania lost in Adonis Baths area, found by authorities

  Two Romanian couples lost in the Adonis Baths area of Paphos were found by police and the fire service, following a rescue operation last...

Survivor search sadly ends in Beirut rubble, Cyprus rescue team to return

  Lebanese authorities have declared that there is no longer hope of finding any other survivors in the rubble of the Beirut explosion rubble and...

Uprising calls gather pace in Lebanon as rage spills

  Some Lebanese called for a sustained uprising to topple their leaders amid public fury over this week’s devastating explosion in Beirut, and the country’s...

Finance minister in Moscow to talk double taxation agreement

  Finance minister Constandinos Petrides travelled to Moscow today, heading a negotiating team that will aim to bridge differences with Russia on the avoidance of...

10 thousand fine for hundreds of unpaid duty tobacco

  A 54 year old in the Limassol district was fined 10 thousand euro for illegally possessing 220 packages of 50 gram tobacco and 670...

Taste

Octopus ‘Kathisto’ (or Octopus braised in Wine)

Ingredients: 1/2 cup Greek extra virgin olive oil 2 medium onions, chopped fine 1 large octopus, about 2kg (cleaned and kept whole) 3/4 cup dry red wine 1/3 cup...

Homemade lemonade

Ingredients: 1 cup lemon juice 1 cup sugar Method: Thoroughly wash the lemons with soap and warm water. Roll each lemon with the palm of your hand, pressing...

‘Striftaria’ mini cheese pies

Ingredients 1 ½ cup milk 2 tbsps. flour 4 tsps. of butter 3 eggs, slightly beaten + 1 extra with 1 tbs. of milk for spreading 1 pack of...

Mini potato canapes baked on salt

Ingredients Serves: 12 1kg small Cypriot potatoes rock salt, as needed 250g salted butter 300ml full fat cremé frâiche 1 pot cod or salmon roe Method Prep:20min › Cook:35min › Ready in:55min Take...