The 71st British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 18 February 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, to honour the best national and foreign films of 2017. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality screened at British cinemas in 2017. The nominees were announced on January 9, 2018. The Shape of Water had the most nominations of any film with 12, Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri followed up with 9 nominations.
Joanna Lumley presented the awards for the first time, succeeding Stephen Fry who hosted the ceremony twelve times. Lumley was the first female host since Mariella Frostrup co-presented with Fry in 2001. Following revelations of sexual harassment by men in the film industry, many of those attending wore black or a badge to show their support for the Time’s Up movement. In addition, several brought activists as their partner to the ceremony.
The film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri won five awards including best film and best British film. Frances McDormand won the best actress award for her performance in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and Gary Oldman won the best actor award for his portrayal of Winston Churchill in Darkest Hour. Oldman’s award was his third BAFTA , but his first as an actor, having won best British film and best screenplay for Nil by Mouth in 1997. Guillermo del Toro won best director award for The Shape of Water. In the supporting actor categories, Allison Janney won Best supporting actress for her role in I, Tonya and Sam Rockwell won best supporting actor for his role in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Roger Deakins won his fourth BAFTA for best cinematography for Blade Runner 2049.
Cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason performed for the second year during the In Memoriam section. He, along with some of his siblings, played the Hebrew love song "Evening of Roses" ("Erev Shel Shoshanim") during the segment.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is a 2017 black comedy crime film written, produced, and directed by Martin McDonagh. It stars Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell, John Hawkes, and Peter Dinklage. The film follows a mother who, when the police in her town fail to find a suspect in her daughter's murder, purchases three billboards to call public attention to the unsolved crime, polarizing the community.
The film was screened in the main competition section of the 74th Venice International Film Festival, where it premiered on September 4, 2017. It also played at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, where it won its top prize, the People's Choice Award. This film was also screened at the Mar del Plata International Film Festival.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was theatrically released in the United States on November 10, 2017, and is scheduled to be released in the United Kingdom by Fox Searchlight Pictures on January 12, 2018. The film received acclaim from critics, who praised its screenplay, direction, and performances, particularly those of McDormand, Harrelson, and Rockwell, and was named as one of the top 10 films of the year by the American Film Institute. At the 75th Golden Globe Awards, the film won for Best Motion Picture – Drama, Best Actress – Drama (McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Rockwell), and Best Screenplay. It also received nominations for Best Director and Best Original Score.
Sir Ridley Scott (born 30 November 1937) is an English film director and producer. Following his commercial breakthrough with the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), his best known works include the neo-noir dystopian science fiction film Blade Runner (1982), historical drama and Best Picture Oscar winner Gladiator (2000), and science fiction film The Martian (2015).
Scott is known for his atmospheric, highly concentrated visual style. Though his films range widely in setting and period, they frequently showcase memorable imagery of urban environments, whether 2nd century Rome (Gladiator), 12th century Jerusalem (Kingdom of Heaven), Medieval England (Robin Hood), contemporary Mogadishu (Black Hawk Down), or the future cityscapes of Blade Runner. His films are also known for their strong female characters. Scott has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Directing (for Thelma & Louise, Gladiator and Black Hawk Down). In 1995, both Ridley and his brother Tony received a BAFTA for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema. In 2003, Scott was knighted for his "services to the British film industry". In a 2004 BBC poll Scott was named the tenth most influential person in British culture. In 2015 he received an honorary doctorate from the Royal College of Art in London.