BAFTA Awards 2018 Highlights: Main Winners, Time’s Up, Reasons Kate Middleton Wasn’t in Black and More

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71st British Academy Film Awards in London took place on Sunday, Feb. 18.

Nexter.org gathered most memorable moments from the event you should know about.

BAFTA Winners

Dark comedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was the biggest winner at the BAFTA Film Awards. The movie won five awards, including best film, best actress for its lead performer Frances McDormand and a supporting actor award for Sam Rockwell.

Additionally, Three Billboards’ writer and director Martin McDonagh also won for the film’s original screenplay.

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Roger Deakins

Blade Runner 2049 won in two categories – Best Cinematography and Best Special Visual Effects. Roger Deakins also won the American Society of Cinematographers Award for Outstanding Achievement in Theatrical Releases earlier.

He has been nominated 13 times for Oscars prior to his nomination this year but has never won before, giving him more unsuccessful nominations than any other cinematographer in Oscars history.

Time’s Up

Following the Grammy campaign against sexual misconduct Bafta also welcomed many female attendees in black outfits in a gesture of protest.

In addition, many in attendance wore badges citing the campaign against sexual harassment, while honourees and presenters, including Sam Rockwell and British actress Lily James expressed support for the movement.

The night’s biggest female winner, McDormand, did not join in the protest, saying in her acceptance speech that though she supported the movement, she had “a little trouble with compliance.”

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Source: CreditHannah McKay/Reuters

British newspaper The Observer had earlier published an open letter calling for sexual harassment and abuse to be stamped out, signed by 190 actresses including British Oscar winners Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet and Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan.

“This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone. This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power,” said the letter, whose signatures also included Emma Watson, Sophie Okonedo, Olivia Colman and Carey Mulligan.

Why didn’t Kate Middleton wear black?

Despite the majority of Bafta attendees supported Time’s Up unofficial dress code wearing black, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, refused to wear black and appeared in dark green dress with a black belt.

Middleton was hardly criticised for this in social medias.

The reason Kate skipped the dress code is as a royal Middleton’s presence and clothing always makes a statement on behalf of Kensington Palace and by wearing black she would have taken a political position for the royal family, and the royals fiercely avoid making such statements when they can.

Some paid attention to Kate’s black sash that could be understood as a hidden nod in order to support the movement.

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Source: Rex

Best Red Carpet Looks

Here are some of the celebs and their most stunning looks:

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Source:  Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Letitia Wright, star of Black Panther and Black Mirror

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Source: David Fisher/Bafta/Rex/Shutterstock

Salma Hayek

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Source: Dave J Hogan/Getty Images

Jennifer Lawrence

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Source: James Gourley/Bafta/Rex/Shutterstock

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