'Three Billboards' Wins, Women Make Waves at BAFTAs

Vicky Krieps left and Daniel Day Lewis appear in a scene from “Phantom Thread.”

Vicky Krieps left and Daniel Day Lewis appear in a scene from “Phantom Thread.”

Martin McDonagh's drama, about a woman who rents billboards to pressure police to solve her daughter's murder, started off strong by winning the first prize of the night, the Outstanding British Film accolade, and continued its success with wins for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, and finally, Best Film. It also won the best foreign language film awarded by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online and San Francisco Film Critics Circle.

She is also one of the few actors to have the Triple Crown of Acting - Oscar for Fargo, a Tony Award for Good People and an Emmy Award for Olive Kitteridge.

Best Leading Actress victor Frances McDormand, who did not wear black, offered her support to the Time's Up movement onstage while accepting her award.

Sam Rockwell is looking more like a lock for the Oscar after picking up yet another Best Supporting Actor award at the BAFTAs on Sunday (Feb. 18) for his searing portrayal of a racist cop in "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri".

Black has been dominant color in dresses worn by concurrence, in tune with campaign against sexual harassment that has chosen that color as a flag of vindication.

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Among the stars due to attend the London ceremony, typically a blend of gray skies and glamour, are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristin Scott Thomas and Octavia Spencer.

"I can feel the weight of this award, especially since I'm working with English people in London", Park Chan Wook said, according to the Korean JoongAng Daily.

Prince William - the British Academy's president - and the Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honor at Sunday's ceremony, hosted by "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley. "The Film Awards are just one part of BAFTA's activity. I've done a lot of great parts", before elaborating on this role that has earned him the most acclaim of his thirty-year career.

He paid tribute to the wartime British leader, saying, "In those dark, uncertain days in 1940, he held the line for honour, for integrity and freedom for his nation and the world, so I thank you, Sir Winston".

McDormand, who bucked the trend of black gowns, which has become synonymous with protests against sexual harassment, pointed to her long-sleeved, print-heavy dress and said, "I have a little trouble with compliance".

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