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Black excellence at the BAFTAs

WINNERS: Mahershala Ali, Letitia Wright and Spike Lee

THE 72nd BAFTAS took place Sunday evening (Feb 10) with stars including Mahershala Ali and Spike Lee taking home top prizes.

After winning a Golden Globe for his role in Green Book, Ali also scooped the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor.

“BAFTA thank you for this. My fellow nominees thank you for your work. You know the work itself has always been the reward for me so it’s a little surreal [to win] for something you feel so passionate about and grateful for,” said Ali. The actor also thanked director Peter Farrelly and cast mate Viggo Mortensen while accepting his award.

Another big winner of the night was Spike Lee, who won his first BAFTA for a movie having only received a special award in 2002. Lee and his BlacKkKlansman crew took home the ‘Best Adapted Screenplay’ award and said they “felt good” about their win.

Letitia Wright also shined bright at the Royal Albert Hall after beating Lakeith Stanfield, Cynthia Erivo and more to take home the EE BAFTA Rising Star award.

The award - which is voted for by the public, follows a stellar year for Wright who starred in Black Panther and was named the top box office earner of 2018.

"I want to thank everybody that said yes to me, I want to say thank you to everybody that gave me a chance, and just saw my talent, saw what God placed in me, and said 'yes',” said Wright.

"I want to encourage young people. Matter of fact you don’t even have to be young, you can be any age, but I just want to encourage you. Anybody that’s going through a hard time or something in their soul or that they’ve lost their light, I want to encourage you that God made you and you're important.

See the full list of winners below:

Best leading actor
Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

Best leading actress
Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

Best director
Alfonso Cuaron (Roma)

Best Film

Costume Design
The Favourite

Film Not in the English Language

Special Visual Effects
Black Panther

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Best Cinematography

Best Supporting Actor
Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

Original screenplay
The Favourite

Best Original Music
A Star Is Born

Best adapted screenplay

EE Rising Star
Letitia Wright

Best Supporting Actress
Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)

Make Up & Hair
The Favourite

Best documentary
Free Solo


Bohemian Rhapsody

British Short Film
73 Cows

British Short Animation

Production design
The Favourite

Outstanding British film
The Favourite

Best animated film
Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse

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