Mixed evening for Britain at the Baftas with few high profile wins
Britain emerged from the 2022 Bafta film awards with one of its lowest win numbers in recent years, winning just one of the main acting honors but doing better in some of the technical categories.
Anna Scanlan was the only Briton to win the ‘Big Four’ acting awards, winning Best Actress for her performance in the drama After Love.
The other three acting gongs went to Americans: Will Smith (Best Actor for King Richard), Troy Kotsur (Best Supporting Actor for Coda), and Ariana DeBose (Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story).
There have been more solid successes for Great Britain in the technical categories.
Paul Lambert and Tristan Myles were part of the team to collect the award for best visual effects, for the movie Dune. The victory comes four years after Lambert won the same award for his joint work on another sci-fi epic, Blade Runner 2049.
Composer and music producer Theo Green was among the Best Sound winners, also for the film Dune.
Jenny Beavan has won the Bafta for Best Costume Design for the film Cruella – the fourth time she has won the award in her career.
The first time was 35 years ago, in 1987, for his work with John Bright on the film A Room With A View. She won again in 2002 for Gosford Park and in 2016 for Mad Max: Fury Road.
In the four UK-only categories, Belfast won Best British Film, The Black Cop won Best British Short, Do Not Feed The Pigeons was named Best British Animated Short and Jeymes Samuel won the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Screenwriter, Director or Producer.
Lashana Lynch, best known for playing MI6 agent Nomi in the James Bond film No Time to Die, won the rising star award, which was voted on by the public.
Britain was also one of the countries that funded The Power Of The Dog, which was named Best Picture.
Overall there have been British wins in 10 Bafta categories, down from the total in recent years which was 13 (in 2019) or 14 (2018, 2020 and 2021), but not quite as low than the nine victories in 2017.
Britain’s most wins so far this century was 15 in 2009, when Slumdog Millionaire took home six separate awards.