The Shape of Water, a romantic fantasy co-written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, won Best Picture at the Producer's Guild Awards and Best Director for del Toro at the Directors Guild Awards, while Three Billboards received Best Actress (for McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (for Sam Rockwell) and Best Motion Picture Ensemble statuettes at the Screen Actors Guild Awards. "So I did", she quipped.
Time's Up campaigners storm the red carpet wearing tops reading "Times Up Theresa" at the EE British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall.
It was certainly a surprise to see James Ivory collect the Best Adapted Screenplay award for Call Me By Your Name but not because it's not a great film. It revolves around the relationship shared by Queen Victoria (Dench) and Abdul (Ali), who was a Munshi in her government. Darkest Hour also won the award for Make Up & Hair.
Gary Oldman's turn as Churchill in Darkest Hour won him a Golden Globe and an Oscar nod, and has also made him a front-runner for a BAFTA. Sam Rockwell was also awarded the Best Supporting Actor prize, while Three Billboards rounded off its haul with Outstanding British Film, an honour that doesn't feature at the Oscars next month.
I stood on the shoulders of "strong, intelligent, righteous women". Daniel Kaluuya, the British star of "Get Out" took the rising star award. He was up against Florence Pugh, Josh O Connor, Tessa Thompson and Timothee Chalamet. "I would like to thank people who financially support that".
The other big victor of the night was Guillermo del Toro's fantasy romance The Shape of Water. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" star Tom Holland received the award past year.
The ceremony was hosted by Joanna Lumley, the first woman to take charge of it in more than 15 years. The majority of actors also wore black to support the movements, which began past year in the wake of multiple sexual assault allegations against producer Harvey Weinstein. Some actors brought along feminist activists rather than their partners or parents.
'If I had a choice I'd let the film speak for itself movies always take five or ten years to be seen as a piece of work that it is, but it's nearly more of an awards season thing that i had to say that, ' he said.
British royals avoid making overtly political statements or gestures, so there was little surprise when the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a dark green dress, by British designer Jenny Packham, as she accompanied husband Prince William, president of Bafta, to the ceremony. "It's important to acknowledge that entertainment can be the most powerful form of education", the British filmmaker said during a lengthy speech, going on to praise the BBC documentary Planet Earth.