75th BAFTA Awards 2022 – Recap & Highlights

The 75th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) were held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The live event was hosted by Rebel Wilson.

Dune‘ was the big winner at this year’s BAFTAs winning five awards out of the eleven nods. Will Smith, who was not present at the ceremony bagged the Leading Actor award for his portrayal of William Richard in ‘King Richard‘, while Joanna Scanlan was the Leading Actress for the film ‘After Love‘. Another notable absentee was Jane Campion, who won the Best Director award, while Troy Kotsur became the first deaf actor to win in one of the main BAFTA categories.

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Shirley Bassey Opened the BAFTA Awards with ‘Diamonds Are Forever’

With a powerful rendition of the classic bond theme ‘Diamonds Are Forever‘, Shirley Bassey brought the glamor to the BAFTA Awards 2022 in honor of the sixty years of James Bond. The 85-year-old singer astounded the audience in a glittering silver dress sporting her signature coiffed bob as she sang the theme song of the 1971 James Bond Film ‘Diamonds Are Forever‘.

Host Rebel Wilson Takes a Dig at J.K. Rowling

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Wearing a sparkling red ball gown, Wilson jokes: “I’ve done quite a transformation – I hope J. K. Rowling still approves… I’ve lost quite a lot of weight… I did it to get the attention of Robert Pattinson… No, I’m joking, I didn’t lose it for a guy, I lost it to get more acting work.” The host’s joke was a reference to the renowned Harry Potter author’s controversial views on transgender people.

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As per Deadline, she said: Everybody’s like, why did you lose weight? Well, clearly it was to get the attention of Robert Pattinson… Just joking, guys. Seriously. I did not lose weight just for a guy. As if! I did it to get more acting roles. Boy, I’m now so excited. I can play the non-funny love interest in an Adam Sandler movie.”

Wilson also gave a shout out to the stars in the audience. Rebel pointed out to famous attendees in the audiences such as Lady Gaga and then Sir Kenneth Branagh, joking that he is “here. The only director not afraid to give Armie Hammer a job. Brave!” she said of the actor, who denied allegations of rape and abuse last year, after multiple women accused Hammer of emotional abuse, manipulation, coercion and another woman accusing him of rape in April 2021.

She then concludes by pointing out the whopping age difference between 007 and his leading ladies and ‘revealing’ that she will be the next Bond. She said, “And here’s my pitch for the new Bond film: Bond goes to Australia and it can be called Die Another G’Day. As the first, uh, female 007, the Bond girls will obviously have to become Bond guys. And because of agenda pay gap, I actually won’t be called 007. I’ll be 004.5.”

Lashana Lynch Is This Year’s Rising Star at the BAFTA Awards

Lashana won the EE Rising Star Award (Voted for by the Public), beating the nominees – Ariana Debose, Harris Dickinson, Millicent Simmonds and Kodi Smit-McPhee at the BAFTAs 2022. Accepting her award and the ‘No Time to Die‘ star said: “Thank you everyone who voted. I don’t know how people don’t stand up here and not cop their heart out.” “I have very supportive parents, whose parents came here through the windrush generation. I have them to thank for my existence.”

Lashana thanked her parents for her existence and said she is grateful for “coming from a working-class foundation that has taught me everything I need to know about failure, about “nos” and what “nos” mean and how to celebrate your “yeses”. Now I get to celebrate a yes that never expected.”

After thanking her team and friends, she said: “I’d like to thank the women of this country who taught me what it’s like to be in this industry as a dark skinned woman. I thank you for laying the foundation for people like me. I appreciate it. Thank you.”

CODA’s Emilia Jones Performs ‘Both Sides Now’

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Host Rebel Wilson announced the second musical number of the night. She explained that it’s actress Emilia Jones singing Both Sides Now from BAFTA-nominated film CODA, a film about the child of a deaf adult. Wilson said, “that she’s got a sign for Russian President Vladimir Putin now, and raising her middle finger to the camera. Her gesture receives a round of applause from the audience,” as per Sky News.

The 20-year-old actress performed the song ‘Both Sides Now’ from her 2021 film ‘CODA’. The star, who was nominated for Leading Actress at the ceremony, was joined in by two translators on stage signing the song in ASL (American Sign Language) and BSL (British Sign Language).

Ariana DeBose Wins Supporting Actress

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Ariana DeBose stunned in yellow as she accepted her award for the Supporting Actress thanking BAFTA for recognizing the work of casting directors and their contributions to the industry, saying she had to be “dragged into the casting room” to audition for the film. “Without Casting Directors we don’t work.”

The nominees in the category DeBose won were Belfast’s Caitríona Balfe, Jessie Buckley (‘The Lost Daughter‘), ‘Passing‘ star Ruth Negga, King Richard’s Aunjanue Ellis and Ann Dowd (‘Mass‘).

The star said her BAFTA win is ‘the wildest ride of my life’ but she is ‘thrilled’ to see diversity at the London ceremony as per Daily Mail. She said: ‘This means so much to me, I’m somebody who sings, dances, acts. ‘I speak dance better than I speak English. It’s not every day you get to bring to life a character using all of these disciplines.’

Troy Kotsur Makes BAFTA History

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Troy Kotsur won the Supporting Actor for his role of the father in ‘CODA‘, becoming the first deaf actor to win in one of BAFTAs main categories making history! Speaking through a sign language interpreter, the actor said it was an honor to be there. “Wow okay, first of all it is such an honor to be here today to accept this award from Bafta,’ he began. “I think it’s all great you’re recognising my work from all the way across the sea, it’s truly amazing.”

The star seized his moment saying, “I would just like to say congratulations to James Bond, 007, for the 60th anniversary. ‘Have you considered maybe a deaf James Bond, 008?” for the upcoming James Bond flick after Daniel Craig stepped away from the role.

Sian Heder Accepts the Award for Adapted Screenplay for ‘CODA’

“Writing is an active empathy and writing this movie was an incredible education for me,” Sian Heder said. She added: “I was an outsider to this community so I want to thank the CODA community and the deaf community. I want to thank the real life CODAs who shared their stories with me and trusted me to tell their story.”

Heder was up against for the award alongside Ryûsuke Hamaguchi and Takamasa Oe for ‘Drive My Car‘, Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, and Denis Villeneuve (‘Dune‘), Maggie Gyllenhaal for ‘The Lost Daughter‘ and Jane Campion (‘The Power of the Dog‘).

‘Drive My Car’ Wins Best Film Not In The English Language

Speaking through an interpreter, Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi said: “There’s so many fantastic films in this category.” “That is the power of films – they go beyond language, they go beyond borders and my film has been given this award here in the UK today. It really is the power of film.” “Thank you very much,” Hamaguchi concluded.

‘Summer of Soul’ Takes Home Best Documentary Award

The Documentary ‘Summer of Soul‘ won Best Documentary award against ‘Becoming Costeau‘, ‘Cow‘, ‘Flee‘ and ‘The Rescue‘. Its director – Questlove thanked those who took a chance on him while accepting the award.

Andy Serkis Gets Political

Actor Andy Serkis presented the Best Director award at the 75th BAFTA Awards. He “makes perhaps the most political statement of the night, criticising the government’s recent treatment of refugees from both Afghanistan and Ukraine, saying it’s shameful that “some refugees are more equal than others”, as per Sky News.

Jane Campion is Named the Best Director

Since Jane Campion – the director of ‘The Power of the Dog‘ could not be there in person to accept the award at the ceremony, actor Benedict Cumberbatch who portrayed the role of Phil in the film did so. Beginning to read out the incorrect speech saying “Oops, that’s my speech.” He quickly adds, “You don’t lose to Will Smith, you win being in his company.”

“From the adaptation of the script to the research, pre-production period and the post, its been a lifetime-satisfying collaboration,” Cumberbatch said on Jane’s behalf.

Joanna Scanlan Wins Best Lead Actress

Nominated alongside – Lady Gaga (‘House of Gucci‘), Alana Haim (‘Licorice Pizza‘), Emilia Jones (‘CODA‘), Renata Reinsve (‘The Worst Person in the World‘), and Tessa Thompson (‘Passing‘) in the category, Joanna Scanlan won the Best Leading Actress award at the 2022 BAFTAs. She says it was a film “made with blood, sweat and tears.” The star thanked BAFTA for allowing small films to get made.

Will Smith Wins His First BAFTA Award

After winning his first SAG award for his portrayal of William Richard in the film ‘King Richard‘, Smith has now bagged another award for the role to his collection of trophies. Will Smith won the Best Leading Actor for his role of Richard Williams, the driven father of the global tennis icons – sisters Serena and Venus Williams. This is the star’s first BAFTA award.

Smith beat out Ali & Ava’s Adeel Akhtar, Mahershala Ali (‘Swan Song‘), ‘The Power of the Dog‘ star Benedict Cumberbatch, Don’t Look Up’s Leonardo DiCaprio, and Stephen Graham (‘Boiling Point‘), who were also nominated for the award.

King Richard’s director Reinaldo Marcus Green accepted Smith’s award since he couldn’t be at the BAFTAs ceremony saying, “This is a tremendous honor and I know he would be thanking you so much from the bottom of his heart.” “This is such a personal film for him,” Green began.

“From the moment he took this role, he embodied Richard Williams. He would thank the Williams family – there is no film without them. It is a true honor to have shared their story.”

“Will was a fearless leader on set, a tremendous actor. He would thank the fellow actors in his category, you guys are tremendous.” He concluded the speech saying: “Will, we’re bringing this home for you! When he put on those short shorts he was Superman. So, thank you guys. Have a wonderful night.”

‘The Power of the Dog’ Wins the Best Film Award

“Working with Jane has been a huge privilege. Jane, we are all standing on your shoulders tonight,” began the producer of the film ‘The Power of the Dog‘, Tanya Seghatchian while accepting the award for the Best Film. “You are a visionary whose trailblazed through the last thirty years of cinema with stories about the silenced, the underrepresented and the misunderstood. You’ve inspired legions of women to find their voices. We’re here because of you,” continued Seghatchian.


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