The filmmaker Jane Campion won this Sunday (03.13.2022) the Bafta for best direction, thanks to her film “The Power of the Dog”, which also won the award for best film at the 75th edition of the Academy Awards of the British cinema. Campion did not attend the gala and it was Benedict Cumberbatch, star of the film, who received the golden mask and read a speech written by the New Zealand director, who is the third woman to win the award.
“Charm” won the award for the best-animated film. Best Leading Actress went to Joanna Scanlan for her performance in “After Love.” The supporting actress went to Puerto Rican Ariana Debose for her role in the new version of “West Side Story”, directed by Steven Spielberg.
Will Smith won the Bafta for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Richard Williams, father of the Williams sisters, in “King Richard.” “Drive My Car”, by Japanese director Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, won the award for best foreign-language film, beating Pedro Almodóvar’s “Parallel Mothers”. German composer Hans Zimmer won the award for best original music for “Dune,” the film that won the most awards, including best cinematography, production design, and visual effects.
The red carpet served as a loudspeaker for the protests against the Russian invasion of Ukraine. “We support the people in Ukraine and we support the Ukrainian Film Academy,” said British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) President Krishnendu Majumdar. (ef/rtr)
“The Power of the Dog”, which had been in the shadow of the five awards for “Dune” throughout the gala, ended up winning the most important ones, that of direction, which went to Campion, and that of best film. The award was presented by Tom Hiddleston and collected by all the film’s participants who were present at the Royal Albert Hall, with the great absence of Campion.
Among them were Benedict Cumberbatch, the film’s star; Jonny Grenwood, guitarist for Radiohead and composer of the soundtrack; Kodi Smit-Mcphee, nominated for Best Supporting Actor, and producer Tanya Seghatchian, who spoke to Campion. “You’ve been telling stories for thirty years. Stories of women seeking to find their voices, stories of misfits, of people who have not been represented. Thank you very much for all your work,” Seghatchian said.