The 2022 BAFTAS bedazzled our screens

The BAFTAs are back on our telly screens and the ceremony has come back with a bang

Ellen Dixon
29th March 2022
Image credit: IMDB
The BAFTAs graced our screens on Sunday 13th March and the event was as glamorous as ever. Hosted by Rebel Wilson, the usually formal show was made light by Wilsons digs at her own performance in Cats, which she hailed as one of the worst things to happen in 2020 apart from Coronavirus.

Wilson also centred a few of her jokes on her dramatic weight loss since she last hosted the BAFTAs in 2020, and I think she looks fabulous. Wilson not only allowed herself to be the butt of her jokes, but she also attacked Ridley Scott’s film House of Gucci (2021) saying: “Lady Gaga is nominated for House of Gucci. Apparently, they all had Italian accents in that film, I didn’t notice” - I applaud you, Rebel. 

The slow-burning Western Power of the Dog (2021) took home awards for both Best Film and Best Director, for Jane Campion. The film was predicted to win more awards, leaving us to wonder how well the film will do in the upcoming Oscars in a few weeks’ time. Benedict Cumberbatch, who was nominated for Leading Actor for the film, lost to Will Smith - who won his first BAFTA for his part in King Richard (2021) in which he played the father of Serena and Venus Williams. 

Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan were among the presenters. Image credit: BAFTA on YouTube

Joanna Scanlan won the BAFTA for Lead Actress, her performance in the indie film After Love was as great as Scanlan’s face and exclamation of "come on" as she accepted the award. Ariana DeBose accepted the award for Supporting Actress for her performance of Anita in West Side Story (2021). She praised the film's casting director, Cindy Tolan, for allowing the star to combine all of her greatest talents singing, dancing and acting into one film. 

Denis Villeneuve’s Sci-Fi film Dune took home the most awards for the night within the technical categories, including: Production Design, Visual Effects, Sound, Cinematography, and Hans Zimmer’s striking soundtrack for Original Score. 

The beautiful and moving film Belfast (2021), a semi-autobiographical black and white film directed by Kenneth Branagh won Outstanding British Film, which was extremely well deserved. Other winners included Coda (2021), which awarded Troy Kotsur for Supporting Actor. The film stands a very good chance of winning the Oscars, and for Best Adapted Screenplay. Disney’s Encanto (2021) won the BAFTA for Animated Film, which was no surprise following its totally catchy songs, which we won’t talk about…

Rebel Wilson's opening speech. Video credit: BAFTA
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