The 2022 British Academy Film Awards took place on Sunday March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The 75th annual BAFTA hosted by Rebel Wilson could well serve as a preview of the Oscars in two weeks. Final voting for the 94th Annual Academy Awards begins in four days, March 17.
“Dune” leads the films nominated for these important precursor awards with 11 nominations. “The Power of the Dog” follows with eight while “Belfast” has half a dozen pair. A trio of films – “Licorice Pizza”, “No Time to Die” and “West Side Story” – each number five nominations.
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Among those who took the stage to present the BAFTA Awards winners were: Andy Serkis, Asim Chaudhry, Bukky Bakray, Daisy Edgar-Jones, Daisy Ridley, Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Himesh Patel, Jonathan Bailey, Kelvin Harrison , Lea Seydoux, Lucy Boynton, Max Harwood, Millie Bobby Brown, Morfydd Clark, Naomi Ackie, Patrick Stewart, Régé Jean-Page, RuPaul, Salma Hayek, Sebastian Stan, Sienna Miller, Simon Pegg, Simone Ashley, Tom Hiddleston, Sophie Okonedo , Sophie Turner and Wunmi Mosaku.
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5:00 p.m.: BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar opened the show with poignant remarks about the war in Ukraine and a call for solidarity. He then spoke of the academy’s ongoing efforts to diversify and praised the nominees.
5:10 p.m.: Lady Shirley Bassey wowed the crowd with a stunning take on the Bond theme “Diamonds are Forever”. The BAFTAs celebrate 60 years of the film franchise. Bassey performed the song at the 2013 Oscars. The year before, she sang it for the Queen in honor of her 60-year Diamond Jubilee on the throne.
5:15 p.m.: Rebel Wilson is hosting the festivities, two years after winning over the crowds with her raucous turn as a presenter. She certainly takes no more prisoners tonight, rejoicing with the nominees. She distinguishes Lady Gaga for his “Italian” accent in “House of Gucci” and quotes Kenneth Branagh as the only director who isn’t afraid to hire Armie Hammer.
5:25 p.m.: Simon Pegg presents the first prizes of the evening, Best Visual Effects, which goes (as we predicted) to “Dune”. Expect to hear a lot from that movie title tonight as we expect it to sweep races below the line.
5:35 p.m..: RuPaul and Naomi Campbell gift Best Cinematography. It’s a tight two-way race between Greig Fraser (“Dunes”) and Ari Wegner (“The power of the dog”). The first prevails.
5:40 p.m.: Max Harwood and Morfydd Clark are there to present the two short film awards (during the live ceremony). The winner of Short Animation is “Don’t feed the pigeons” while the Short film the winner is “The Black Cop”.
5:50 p.m.: Lucy Boyton and Kelvin Harrison Jr. also hand out a pair of prizes. The first is Best Film Editing. In a surprise, the winners are Tom’s Cross and Elliot Graham for “No time to die”. best sound goes, unsurprisingly, to the “Dune” team.
6:00 p.m..: Asim Chaudhry reveals that the winner of Best Original Score East Hans Zimmer for “Dunes”. This is his first BAFTA win after nine losses.
6:05 p.m.: Having pairs of presenters handing out pairs of prizes really drives the show forward. Conrad Kahn and Shalom Brune first announce the winner of Best Makeup and Hairstyling. As we predicted, “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” team won. Next comes the winner of Best cast (a category still missing from the Oscars despite this band getting its own branch five years ago). “West Side Story” wins.
6:10 p.m.: Kenneth Branagh announces that the absent Jeymes Samuel won Best start by one British screenwriter, director or producer for co-writing and directing “The Harder they Fall”.
6:15 p.m.: Lady Gaga and Bukky Bakray reveal the winner of the only prize voted by the public, rising star. Lashana Lynch took advantage of the box office boffo for “No time to die” to stand out Ariana DeBose (“West Side Story”).
6:20 p.m.: Prince Williamwho is the patron of the academy, delivers pre-recorded remarks paying tribute to the resilience of the film and television industry.
6:25 p.m.: Emily Jones offers a spellbinding interpretation of the Joni Mitchell classic “Both Sides Now,” which was the centerpiece of his nominated performance in “CODA.”
6:30 p.m.: Himesh Patel presents the first award for actor of the night, Best Supporting Actress, to Oscar favorite DeBose. In her speech, she makes a special mention of the casting director, Cindy Tolan.
6:35 p.m.: Jonathan Bailey and Simone Ashley from TV’s “Bridgerton” reveal that the winner of Best Costume Design is, as expected, Jenny Beavan for “Cruella”. It is his fourth victory in nine races.
6:40 p.m.: lead actress of Bond Léa Seydoux present Best Non-English Film at Drive My Car writer/director Ryusuke Hamaguchi.
6:45 p.m.: Best Supporting Actor go to Troy Kotsur for “CODA”. He delivers an acceptance speech that combines heartfelt emotion and wit. With that and his SAG win, he’s a clear Oscar favorite now over longtime favorite. Kodi Smit McPhee (“The power of the dog”).
6:50 p.m.: “In Memoriam” is presented on the music of “Send in the Clowns”, by Stephen Sondheim. The late composer has theaters named after him on Broadway and in London’s West End. He won an Oscar for the song “Sooner or Later” from “Dick Tracy”, but never participated in the BAFTAs, which do not have the award for best original song.
6:55 p.m.: Emma Watsonheadliner of the “Harry Potter” film franchise, shot in England but financed by an American studio, presents Best British Film to, as planned, “Belfast”. Mulit-hyphenate Branagh praises his fellow producers, cast and crew and thanks UK and Irish audiences for supporting the film by going to the cinema to see it.
7:00 p.m.: Ingenue “Star Wars” daisy ridley reveals that the Best Adapted Screenplay the winner is a clash, “CODA”. This race was tipped to go to Jeanne Campion for adapting the novel “The Power of the Dog”. Director Sian Heder won for his English version of the 2014 hit French film “La Famille Bélier”.
7:05 p.m.: Wilson appears in a pre-recorded skit that offers a slightly different take on returning to the movies. Her “Bridesmaids” co-star and former roommate Matt Lucas tells this delightfully silly short film.
7:05 p.m.: Wilson is back on stage to present his “Rebel” BAFTAs. Among his targets are a very gamer Lady Gaga as well as Benedict Cumberbatch and Emily Jones.
7:10 p.m..: Siena Miller announce the winner of Best Original Screenplay. Paul Thomas Anderson finally has a BAFTA after five defeats with his win for ‘Licorice Pizza’ over favorite ‘Belfast’. He is also keen on the direction and production of this period piece. He’s 0 out of 8 at the Oscars and is vying for the same three awards there.
7:15 p.m.: Wunmi Mosaku reveals that Best Documentary goes to “Summer of Soul,” which is also an Oscar favorite. Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, who lost at the DGA Awards on Saturday, flew to London overnight. Apparently the trip was worth it. He thanks the producers of the photo for betting on a drummer from a rap group.
7:20 p.m.: Sophie Okonedo and Naomi Akkie gives “Dune” its fifth win of the night: Best Production Design, who goes to Patrice Vermette and Zsuzsanna Sipos.
7:25 p.m.: Daisy EdgarJones and Sebastian Stanfee to play together in “Fresh”, hand over the Best Animated Film price to the producers of “Encanto”. The Oscar favorite was sidelined at Saturday’s Annie Awards, taking home just three awards while ‘The Mitchells vs. the Machine’ picked up eight, including Best Studio Animated Feature.
7:30 p.m.: Salma Hayek reveals that Best actor goes to the absent Will Smith (“King Richard”). It was Smith’s first BAFTA offering. Expect the Oscar favorite to have stayed home so he can attend tonight’s Critics Choice Awards (despite this band throwing a party in London for the BAFTA nominees).
7:35 p.m.: Andy Serkiswho is the king of motion capture, is here to distribute the Best Director award. This line-up of six is also divided by gender. The winner is Jeanne Campion for “The Power of the Dog”. She won at the DGA on Saturday and is far ahead in the race for the Oscars. Since she didn’t make the pond crossing the star of the film, Benedict Cumberbatchaccept on his behalf.
7:40 p.m.: There is no overlap in Best Actress line-up here and at the Oscars. Last Year Supporting Actor Winner Daniel Kaluuya (“Judas and the Black Messiah”) presents this award to the British actress Joanna Scanlan (“After Love”)
7:45 p.m.: Tom Hiddleston was called upon to present the grand prize of the evening, Best Picture. As we predicted, “The Power of the Dog” wins.
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