I've had a bit of a hating relationship with award shows this year. The romance of the whole institution was replaced by social movements that simply made the whole things seem pointless - what's the point of celebrating the institution that perpetuated this violence against women. And better yet, what's the point of having those terrorists sit there and pretend like they are apart of the cause. For me, this award season saw a few activist stand up for a cause, while everyone else inauthentically jumped on the bandwagon as to not get ostracized from the community.
But, in very British fashion, the BAFTAs showed how to elegantly fight for a cause in an authentic and genuine way. The BAFTAs didn't buzz word the movement, didn't make political commentary on the red carpet uncomfortable before awkwardly trying to get back to typically Hollywood chatter, and, most importantly, didn't have a male host make jokes of the severity of the situation in the name of "comedy." The BAFTAs provided a platform for women to use their voice (and privilege) to speak about their without network heads saying "This is too political. People just want to see beautiful movie stars talk about dresses and movies."
Outside of the political movements of the evening, the BAFTAs were a fantastic celebration of British cinema. The British films nominated in this years ceremony highlighted the growing diversity and inclusivity of British films and showed just how powerful film art can be in society and the individual. This ceremony filled me with joy and reminded me of why I love cinema - because it inspires, it fights, and it revolutionizes, all the while being beautiful.
(And although I am pleased for Three Billboards and Martin McDonagh's success, I am a little bitter at the lack of love for other films. Did Three Billboards really have to win both Best Film and British Film? Even with the incredible collection of British Films on the list? Lady Macbeth? God's Own Country? I mean, what about poor Paddington?? He's just a little bear that wants to make everyone happy! You're going to deny a little bear that chance?? Really BAFTA??)
2018 BAFTA Awards Winners
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