The 2018 British Academy Film Awards took place on February 18. The Time’s Up movement was front and center this year, as it was at the Golden Globes, the Grammys, and the SAG Awards. Many stars in attendance wore black in solidarity with the movement. Hosted by Joanna Lumley this year, the ceremony took place at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri led with five trophies including one for Outstanding British film. Notably, this year’s BAFTAs also featured some significant wins for Africans and African Americans.
Get Out‘s Daniel Kaluuya has been snubbed in previous awards shows but he took home a special prize at the BAFTAs. The Rising Star award is uniquely selected by the public. Wisely, the public decided to award Kaluuya the trophy. In accepting the award, Kaluuya got a lot of laughs from the audience when he “broke the rules” by revealing that there was a countdown clock for acceptance speeches. Ultimately, he used his time to thank important loved ones and collaborators. His mother, though, received his top praise: “Mum you’re the reason why I started, you’re the reason why I’m here and the reason why I keep going – do you understand? This award is yours.”
The winner for Best Documentary was I Am Not Your Negro. This American film was directed by Raoul Peck and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson. An exploration of the history of racism in the United States, the film “envisions the book James Baldwin never finished” and uses many of the writer’s original words. I Am Not Your Negro has already nabbed a few other awards and was nominated for the 2017 Academy Awards as well.
The award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer went to I Am Not a Witch with writer/director Rungano Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan. Nyoni is Welsh-Zambian and the film takes place in her country of birth, Zambia. The film centers around Shula, an orphan who is accused of witchcraft. The Guardian calls Nyoni “a major talent” and describes the film as having “a confidence and clarity of vision that’s hard not to admire.”
The BAFTAs are often seen as a predictor of the Academy Awards. Here’s hoping that Daniel Kaluuya follows up his BAFTA win with an Oscar.