Belfast among the winners at the BAFTAs

Writer-director Kenneth Branagh’s semi-autobiographical family drama Belfast won the Outstanding British Film award at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Awards in London on Sunday night.

Accepting the award, Branagh said: “Thank you to British cinema audiences for watching in tonnage a UK and Irish cinema film at UK and Ireland cinemas.

“All hail the streaming revolution, but all hail the big screen too. It’s alive, and long may they live together.

“This is a black and white film about the Troubles. It was not an easy pitch, but when the great talent in this room dreams up anything similarly unlikely to make or to finance, please remember if you build it, they will come.

“Build it with passion and truth and believe in the originality and uniqueness of your story and your voice and believe in the imagination of the public to embrace every and any kind of story well told.

“We are so proud to be included in this year’s films; they are all outstanding. Thank you very much for being so kind to ours, we deeply appreciate it.”

Belfast had also been nominated for Best Film, but the award went to The Power of the Dog.

Belfast-born Branagh missed out in the Best Original Screenplay category, with the award going to Licorice Pizza writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson.

There was also disappointment for Irish actors Caitríona Balfe, Jessie Buckley, Ciarán Hinds and Ruth Negga in their respective categories.

Balfe, Buckley, and Negga were nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category for their performances in Belfast, The Lost Daughterand passingrespectively, but the award went to West Side Story’s Arianna DeBose.

Balfe’s Belfast co-star Hinds was among the nominees in the Best Supporting Actor category, where the award went to CODA‘s Troy Kotsur.

The Power of the Dog‘s Jane Campion was named Best Director.

Will Smith won Best Actor for king richard and Joanna Scanlan won Best Actress for After Love.

dunes was the biggest winner with five awards in the technical categories.


Best Film
The Power of the Dog

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

Outstanding British Film

Jane Campion- The Power of the Dog

leading actress
Joanna Scanlan- After Love

leading actor
Will Smith – king richard

supporting actress
Ariana DeBose- West Side Story

supporting actor
Troy Kotsur CODA

Film Not in the English Language
Drive My Car

Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Animated Film


Original Screenplay
Licorice Pizza -Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay
CODA – Sian Heder

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Lashana Lynch

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
The Harder They Fall – Jeymes Samuel (writer/director) (also written by Boaz Yakin)

dunes -Greig Fraser

Original Score
dunes -Hans Zimmer

Dune – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett

Timothée Chalamet in Dune

No Time to Die – Tom Cross, Elliot Graham

Special Visual Effects
dunes – Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer

Production Design
dunes – Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos

Costume Design
cruel – Jenny Beavan

Emma Stone in Cruella

Make Up & Hair
The Eyes of Tammy Faye – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh

West Side Story – Cindy Tolan

British Short Film
The Black Cop -Cherish Oteka

British Short Animation
Do Not Feed the Pigeons – Jordi Morera

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