Baftas 2019: Stars celebrate at UK film awards

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Olivia Colman was nominated for her role as Queen Anne in The Favourite

SPOILER ALERT: This story has been updated live and includes the latest news from the Bafta ceremony, which ran from 19:00 GMT to 21:30 GMT.

It is being broadcast on BBC One from 21:00 until 23:00. So please stop reading if you don’t want to know the winners in real time!

The Favourite has dominated the awards, winning seven including outstanding British film.

Olivia Colman won best actress and Rachel Weisz best supporting actress.

Colman said they were having “such an amazing night” and would be enjoying some drinks later.

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The Favourite is also nominated for the Oscars

The Favourite’s other awards were best production design, best costume design, best hair and make-up and best original screenplay.

Yorgos Lanthimos, The Favourite’s director, said of the outstanding film award: “It’s a great honour… this film took 20 years to make – I contributed to the last 10.”

He also thanked actresses Olivia Colman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, saying: “Of course the three leading ladies that I couldn’t be more proud of.”

Collecting the prize for original screenplay, The Favourite’s Deborah Davis said: “I’m so excited to be standing here to receive my first Bafta for my first screenplay.

“Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power.”

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Yalitza Aparicio is the star of Roma, which won four awards

Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma also had a successful night picking up four prizes – best film, best director, best cinematography and best film not in the English language.

After picking up best cinematography, Curaon said: “It’s an amazing honour, Bafta, thank you very much.

“Foreign is just a different colour, and colour complements each other, I’m very happy Bafta is honouring a story about a domestic worker of indigenous background.

“The specific colour of this film is Mexico, so I want to thank also Mexico.”

Rami Malek won the best actor prize for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

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Malek paid tribute to Freddie Mercury

The film also won best sound.

Malek said as he collected his Bafta: “You Brits do music well, it’s not lost on me how sacred your musical heritage is. Thank you to the greatest outsider of them all, Freddie Mercury.”

One person who wasn’t recognised among the winners was the film’s director Bryan Singer.

His name was removed from the film’s Bafta nomination due to allegations he sexually abused under-age boys.

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Mahershala Ali gave an emotional speech after his win

Singer denies the allegations, which he calls a “homophobic smear”.

Queen star Brian May said: “The only reason he’s on the movie is his guild forced Fox to do this… technically, really, he’s not the director of the movie.

“Everybody who had something to do with the movie should be very proud.”

‘Different colour’

Aside from the success of The Favourite and Roma, many of the night’s prizes were split amongst several films.

Mahershala Ali won best supporting actor for Green Book and was visibly moved as he collected his award. He praised his fellow nominees for “their work”.

Speaking backstage, Ali said he was touched by the impact Green Book has had in the UK.

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Box office hit Black Panther won best visual effects

He said he found the Bafta statuette to be “a beautiful trophy”, and it would sit alongside his Oscar (for Moonlight) at home.

Spike Lee’s BlacKkKlansman won best adapted screenplay.

“Brooklyn’s in the house!” he yelled triumphantly as he collected his prize.

Letitia Wright gave an emotional speech as she picked up the Bafta rising star award.

“A few years ago I saw myself in a deep state of depression and I wanted to quit acting.

“The only thing that pretty much pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my faith and my family and an email from Bafta saying they wanted me to be a part of the Bafta Breakthrough Brits, and I was like ‘let me try again’.”

No Lady Gaga

Black Panther won best visual effects.

Other winners included Spider-Man: Into The Spider-verse, which won best animated film and Roughhouse, which won British short animation.

Best British short film was 73 Cows, while Vice won best editing.

A Star is Born won the award for best original music.

Lady Gaga, who appears opposite Cooper in A Star Is Born, did not attend as the ceremony clashes with the Grammys in the US.

But she posted on Twitter:

The Baftas are often a good indicator of who will go on to awards glory at the Oscars – which are being held this year on Sunday 24 February.

The Oscars have decided to not have a host this year after Kevin Hart stepped down following a controversy over homophobic tweets.

Joanna Lumley, hosting the Baftas for the second year running, joked: “Thank goodness Bafta has a host. But that’s probably just down to the fact I’m not on Twitter.”

Last year, the winners of the acting categories – Frances McDormand, Gary Oldman, Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell – were exactly the same at the Baftas and the Oscars.

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