The British-American film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has become the big winner of the Bafta’s, the most important British film prizes. The film by screenwriter and director Martin McDonagh was also the big winner of the Golden Globe Awards last month.

The film is about a single mother who places confrontational texts on billboards after the murder of her teenage daughter. McDonagh called it fitting that in the # MeToo era a story about angry women who decide to come into action has won. Many women had come all the way to the London ceremony in black, in protest against sexual misconduct.

The nine billboards nominated Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won five. Apart from the prize for best film, main actress Frances McDormand won a Bafta. She also received a Golden Globe earlier, just like Sam Rockwell, who again took home the prize for best male supporting role.

Dutch and Oscars

The Bafta for best male starring went to British actor Gary Oldman for his role as Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Guillermo del Toro who directed The Shape of Water, was allowed to take the Bafta for best director. Del Toro’s film was nominated eleven times and won three categories.

All three Dutch nominees, Paul Verhoeven whose film Elle was nominated in the category of best foreign film, cameraman Hoyte van Hoytema for his camera work in the war drama Dunkirk and make-up artist Arjen Tuiten for his work in the movie Wonder, seized next to the prizes.

 

Last year La La Land was the big winner of the Bafta’s. The British film prize is an important indicator for the Oscars that will be awarded on 4 March.