BAFTAs 2022: The winners and most memorable moments from the biggest night in British film

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14 Mar 2022, 10:37

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Hollywood descended on London at the 2022 BAFTAs on Sunday night (13th March). 

Sci-fi thriller Dune won the most awards of the night, picking up five technical prizes for Original Score, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects. 

It was Power Of The Dog's night though. It bagged the top prize of Best Film, beating the likes of Belfast, Don’t Look Up, Dune and Licorice Pizza. 

Not only that, but POTD picked up the gong for Best Director for Jane Campion, and it was fellow nominee Benedict Cumberbatch who gave a memorable speech in her place. 

CODA also picked up two prizes, including Adapted Screenplay and Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur. Troy’s historic win marked BAFTAs first deaf Film Awards winner. 

Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story also won two statuettes on the night, while Kenneth Branagh picked up the Outstanding British Film gong for Belfast. 

Among all the emotional speeches, there were some memorable moments too.  

Rebel Wilson’s hosting duties

Rebel hosted the star-studded evening, and while her jokes divided audiences at home and at the Royal Albert Hall, they did provide some of the more memorable BAFTA moments. 

Rebel awkwardly cut a Benedict Cumberbatch cake right in front of the actor, walked around with a Daniel Craig leg tattoo and threw around gold bras (or BRAFTAs) for prizes such as ‘best plus one’ for Lady Gaga’s date. 

The Australian actress did get a few laughs after throwing to the ‘sandworm’ from Dune, which made a surprising cameo in a room full of black-tie wearing attendees. It certainly shook up the traditional running order of nominees acceptance speeches! 

Benedict Cumberbatch’s speech - and wholesome reaction to losing 

After losing out to Will Smith in the Leading Actor category, Benedict accepted the Best Director prize for Jane Campion, and seemed to pull out a speech from his pocket to read on her behalf. 

Clearly still in good spirits despite not bagging a gold statue, Benedict quickly joked: “That's my speech... oops!” 

After getting some laughs from the audience, Benedict proved he’s a true gent and continued: “You don't lose to Will Smith, you win by being in his company."

Shirley Bassey’s stunning opening performance

The 2022 BAFTAs kicked off in a truly legendary way with Bond theme extraordinaire Shirley Bassey taking to the stage to sing Diamonds Are Forever, in tribute to 60 years of 007. 

The 85-year-old stunned in her glittering performance, which proved her voice has stood the test of time, fifty years after the spy thriller of the same name was released. 

CODA Supporting Actor Troy Kotsur pitching himself as the new James Bond 

If you ever want to bag yourself a new role, the BAFTAs are probably a pretty good place to do that, and what better way to put yourself forward as the new James Bond than while accepting an acting prize on stage. 

That was exactly what Supporting Actor winner and CODA star Troy Kotsur did when he accepted his Supporting Actor BAFTA. 

During his incredible speech, Troy said: ‘I would just like to say congratulations to James Bond, 007, for the 60th anniversary. Have you considered maybe a deaf James Bond, 008?’

Lashana Lynch’s inspiring BAFTA Rising Star acceptance speech

After starring in both a Bond adventure and Marvel movie, Lashana Lynch rightfully took her place as the one-to-watch with her EE BAFTA Rising Star prize. 

Beating the likes of West Side Story’s Ariana DeBose and Power of The Dog’s Kodi-Smit McPhee, Lashana ensured to use her time on stage to thank those closest to her, and motivate those watching at home.

She said: “I have very supportive parents, whose parents came here through the windrush generation. I have them to thank for my existence.

“I'm 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 I never expected.”

BAFTA Film Awards 2022 winners list: 

Best Film:  The Power of the Dog

Outstanding British Film: Belfast

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer: The Harder They Fall - Jeymes Samuel 

Film Not In An English Language: Drive My Car

Documentary: Summer Of Soul (Or, When The Revolution Could Not Be Televised) 

Animated Film: Encanto

Director:  The Power Of The Dog - Jane Campion

Original Screenplay: Licorice Pizza - Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay: CODA - Sian Heder

Leading Actress: Joanna Scanlan - After Love 

Leading Actor: Will Smith - King Richard 

Supporting Actress: Ariana DeBose - West Side Story

Supporting Actor: Troy Kotsur - CODA