AceShowbiz - Sam Mendes' First World War epic "1917" was the big winner at the 2020 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) on Sunday night, February 2 2020.
The movie, which follows two British servicemen crossing enemy lines to deliver a vital message, won seven BAFTAs in total - Best Film, Outstanding British Film, and a Best Director gong for Mendes, as well as prizes for cinematography, sound, special visual effects, and production design.
"Joker" star Joaquin Phoenix claimed the Best Leading Actor prize at Royal Albert Hall ceremony in London, while the Best Leading Actress award went to Renee Zellweger for her performance as Judy Garland in the biopic "Judy", boosting their chances of Oscars glory next weekend, February 9, 2020.
"Joker", Todd Phillips' dark origin story for the DC Comics supervillain, led all nominees with 11 ahead of the event, but only bagged two other BAFTAs in addition to Phoenix's win - for Best Original Score and Best Casting.
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin-won's script for "Parasite" landed the Best Original Screenplay title, while Taika Waititi's "Jojo Rabbit" was named Best Adapted Screenplay. "Parasite" also triumphed in the Best Film Not in the English Language category.
Netflix's festive adventure "Klaus" won Best Animated Film, and "For Sama" was named Best Documentary.
"Blue Story" star Micheal Ward won the public-voted EE Rising Star Award, following in the footsteps of past winners Tom Holland, Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega, and 2019 victor Letitia Wright.
Andy Serkis collected an Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema accolade, while Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy was honoured with a BAFTA Fellowship.
The 2020 BAFTAs were hosted by U.K. chat show host Graham Norton.
The full list of winners is as follows: