BAFTA Awards 2024 | Here is the full list of winners

At the prestigious 77th British Academy Film Awards, there was a distinct resonance felt from the historical tremors of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s legacy, as the film “Oppenheimer” dominated the evening, scooping up seven awards including the coveted best picture. The cinematic portrayal of the Manhattan Project’s father not only captivated audiences but also seized the admiration of the BAFTA judges, positioning itself as the Oscars’ next possible conqueror.

“Oppenheimer,” the atom bomb epic, has undeniably left its mark on the British Academy, securing its director, Christopher Nolan, his initial best director BAFTA. The film’s gravitational pull didn’t end there; Irish actor Cillian Murphy—playing the complex role of the physicist—received the best actor prize, an accolade reasserting his acclaimed transformation.

While “Oppenheimer” led the victory march, the gothic fantasy “Poor Things” was hot on its heels with a collection of five awards. Meanwhile, the Holocaust drama “The Zone of Interest” claimed its own space in the limelight, garnering three awards. These cinematic masterpieces, diverse in their themes yet unified in quality, encapsulate the excellence that the film industry continues to offer.

As the night unfolded, winners emerged across various categories, each reflecting the multifaceted nature of cinematic brilliance. From the original screenplay genius of Justine Triet and Arthur Harari’s “Anatomy of a Fall” to the adapted prowess of Cord Jefferson’s “American Fiction,” every form of storytelling was celebrated. The exceptional filmwork outside the English language was recognized as well, with “The Zone of Interest” winning in its category.

In the technical arenas, “Oppenheimer” continued to eclipse with Ludwig Goransson’s enthralling musical score and the immersive cinematography of Hoyte van Hoytema. Jennifer Lame-handled editing further anchored the film’s stronghold on the audience’s experience. The artistry behind film production was duly noted as “Poor Things” took home awards for production design, championed by the team of Shona Heath, James Price, and Zsuzsa Mihalek, and costume design by Holly Waddington.

The brimming talent of sound designers—Johnnie Burn and Tarn Willers—echoed through the halls as “The Zone of Interest” won in the sound category, while the ensemble film “The Holdovers” was noted for Susan Shopmaker’s expert casting. Furthermore, “Poor Things” sparkled across visual effects and makeup and hair categories, a testament to the visionary work of Simon Hughes, Nadia Stacey, Mark Coulier, and Josh Weston.

“The Boy and the Heron” soared in the animated film category, while “Jellyfish and Lobster” and “Crab Day” were celebrated for their short film achievements. The stark reality of “20 Days in Mariupol” was honored in the documentary section, spotlighting the trenches of truth in filmmaking.

Amongst the stars of cinema, the BAFTAs also illuminated the exceptional individuals contributing to the industry’s sustained success. Celebrated film curator June Givanni received the Outstanding British contribution to cinema, while actress Samantha Morton was awarded the prestigious BAFTA Fellowship for her indelible mark on the art form.

The BAFTA Awards, peppered with glamor and gravitas, presented a tableau of what English and World cinema has evolved into—an amalgam of storytelling prowess, artistic bravery, and technical innovation. As each winner took the stage, they not only celebrated their achievements but also underscored the relentless spirit of creativity that drives the moving picture industry forward. With the Oscars on the horizon, this year’s BAFA results have indeed set an intriguing stage for the month to come.

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