Despite strong competition, it was Sam Mendes’ WWI film ‘1917’ that cleaned up at the BAFTAs last night.
The film won in seven of the nine categories it had been nominated for, including Best Film, and Special Visual Effects.
“I couldn't be more thrilled,” said Mendes in his acceptance speech. “There's the personal delight in seeing a story very close to me and my family be developed and enlarged, but the massive thing has been audiences going in large numbers....None of us knew if an audience would turn up, it wasn't certain at all. It's coincided with awards season and the fact this is still number one in the UK after four weeks, [the awards have] really alerted people to the fact the movie is on, it rarely happens like that."
Other nominations in the Special Visual Effects category were ‘Avengers: Endgame’, ‘The Irishman’, ‘The Lion King’, ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’.
Congratulations to all the winners and nominees.