London, 11 February 2019 (MIA/dpa) – Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron’s highly personal film “Roma” won the best picture prize at the British Bafta awards on Sunday, while comedy costume drama “The Favourite” won seven gongs.
“Roma,” produced by Netflix, also bagged Cuaron the best director prize at the awards presented in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Olivia Colman won the best actress award for playing Queen Anne of Great Britain in the hotly tipped “The Favourite,” while co-star Rachel Weisz was awarded the best supporting actress prize for playing Colman’s lover Sarah Churchill.
The racy drama won a total of seven awards from 12 nominations, including outstanding British film, while the Mexican black and white picture also took prizes for best cinematography and foreign-language film.
Egyptian-American actor Rami Malek won best actor for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” Malek, who has already taken home a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild award, is considered the frontrunner in the upcoming Academy Awards.
Mahershala Ali was awarded a Bafta as best supporting actor for his performance as pianist Don Shirley in comedy-drama “Green Book” to add to a matching Golden Globe.
After more than 30 years in the film industry director Spike Lee finally collected a Bafta for best adapted screenplay for “BlacKkKlansman,” his explosive film about race in 1970s America.
The biggest snubs of the night were Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born,” which only got one gong for original music from seven nominations and biographical comedy-drama “Vice,” which only got one nod for best editing despite six nominations.