The biggest takeaways from BAFTAs 2022 All the surprises, shocks and surprises from the flashy awards night After last year’s largely virtual ceremony, BAFTA is back tonight as a proper, live event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. To be fair, this isn’t an awards ceremony for the ages – more on this later – but there’s still plenty to munch on, especially as Rebel Wilson gave Putin the middle finger. These are the main points. To mark the 60th anniversary of the Bond franchise, the legendary producer has arrived from Monaco to deliver an epic performance of ‘Diamonds Are Forever’. At 85, her voice is still quite capable of filling the Royal Albert Hall to the beams.
Denis Villeneuve’s desert-based blockbuster took home awards for Original Score, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects. To be fair, this wasn’t entirely unexpected: Dune entered the ceremony with more nominations than any other film (11).
Its storytelling is also undeniably the technical excellence involved. But The Power of the Dog has cemented its status as the Oscars leader Kenneth Branagh’s emotional tribute to his hometown, Belfast, may have had a home field advantage, but Jane Campion’s Gothic Western still took home the two biggest awards: Best Picture and Best Director. Let’s hope Sam Elliott doesn’t make it too hard. Branagh also lost to Licorice Pizza’s Paul Thomas Anderson, who was not present, which allowed Radiohead’s Alana Haim and Jonny Greenwood to accept the trophy on his behalf. They are absolutely captivating about it as you would expect. However, Belfast did not go away empty-handed after winning Best British Film. Joanna Scanlan, Ariana DeBose and Troy Kotsur are well-deserved winners Scanlan beat out Lady Gaga for Best Actress for her quietly devastating performance in After Love, screenwriter-director Aleem Khan’s special debut.
When BAFTA recognizes an excellent British indie film in this way, it’s always worth celebrating. West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose highlighted her Oscar lead by winning Best Supporting Actress, and CODA’s Troy Kotsur proved he’s a strong competitor for Kodi. Smit-McPhee by winning Best Supporting Actor. Kotsur also delivered one of the best speeches of the night, in sign language assisted by an interpreter, as he staked himself on being Daniel Craig’s successor.