It was a win-win for period dramas at the 2019 British Academy Film Awards here on Sunday night as the 18th century-set "The Favourite" won seven honours, and the Mexican black and white drama "Roma" registered four big wins.
At the ceremony hosted by Joanna Lumley at the Royal Albert Hall, "The Favourite" won Outstanding British Film, Leading Actress (Olivia Colman), Supporting Actress (Rachel Weisz), Original Screenplay, Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up and Hair.
"Thank you for celebrating our female-dominated movie about women in power."
Netflix's "Roma" scooped up big honours, including the Best Film, Best Director, Film Not in the English Language and Cinematography.
Cuaron won in each of these categories, setting a tone of sorts for what to expect at the Oscars later this month.
"To see a film about an indigenous domestic worker embraced this way in an age when fear and anger propose to divide us means the world to me.
"Reverting back to a world of separation and isolation is not a solution to anything. It is simply an excuse to hide our fear within our basest instincts," he said.
Mahershala Ali won the Best Supporting Actor for "Green Book", a film backed by Reliance Entertainment's Amblin Entertainment.
"BlacKkKlansman" won for Adapted Screenplay, "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse" took the award for Animated Film, the Best Documentary went to "Free Solo", "Vice" won for Editing, and "Black Panther" received the BAFTA for Special Visual Effects.
The film's actor-director Bradley Cooper, who composed music for it too, said: "I got to fulfill a dream I never thought would happen, and I got to do it with some of the best musicians in the world. The music was the heartbeat of the film."
The Special Award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema was presented to Elizabeth Karlsen and Stephen Woolley, a producing partnership who have created some iconic British films of recent years, including "The Crying Game", "Company of Wolves", "Little Voice", "Scandal", "Carol" and "Colette".
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