Lashana Lynch took home the EE Rising Star Award at the 2022 British Academy Film Awards, held last night at the Royal Albert Hall, the only BAFTA award determined by a public vote.
Lady Gaga, making her debut at the awards ceremony, spoke of the importance of supporting the next generation of talent, before introducing last year’s EE Rising Star winner, Bukky Bakray to present the award to Lynch.
Other other nominees were Ariana DeBose, Harris Dickinson, Millicent Simmonds and Kodi Smit-McPhee.
Previous Rising Stars include Micheal Ward, Letitia Wright, Tom Holland, John Boyega, Jack O’Connell, Will Poulter, Tom Hardy, Kristen Stewart, and Eva Green.
Lynch is best known for her role as Nomi in Cary Joji Fukunaga’s James Bond blockbuster No Time To Die, a movie which effectively rebooted the worldwide cinema business but was largely side-lined at the ceremony, save for a Best Editing win. There was some bonus love for 007 though; Dame Shirley Bassey performed ‘Diamonds are Forever’ to celebrate 60 years of Bond.
London’s own Lynch is currently filming historical epic The Woman King and will also be seen in the film adaptation of Matthew Warchus’ musical, Matilda, opposite Alisha Weir and Emma Thompson in the role of ‘Miss Honey’.
There was some acknowledgement for 007 at the British Academy Film Awards; Dame Shirley Bassey performed Diamonds are Forever…
Netflix and Apple TV+ shared honours. Netflix’s The Power of the Dog won two BAFTAs, Best Film, and Director for Jane Campion; The Harder They Fall won Outstanding Debut for Jeymes Samuel.
Apple TV+ scored with Coda, which also won two awards: Adapted Screenplay for Siân Heder, and Supporting Actor for Troy Kotsur, who makes history as the first Deaf actor to win a BAFTA in the category; Apple TV+’s Summer of Soul (…Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised) won Documentary.
West Side Story, available on Disney Plus, won two awards: Supporting Actress for Ariana DeBose and Casting. Disney’s Encanto won Animated Film.
Belfast won Outstanding British Film, Drive My Car won Film Not in the English Language. Original Screenplay was won by Paul Thomas Anderson for Licorice Pizza.
Leading Actor was won by Will Smith for King Richard; leading Actress was won by Joanna Scanlan for After Love.
Greig Fraser, recently lauded for his work lensing The Batman, won Best Cinematography for Dune. Fraser did not appear at the event, having tested positive for Covid-19. Of the accolade he said: “I am honoured to receive this award from such a distinguished body, which celebrates the crafts of our industry. Dune is greater than the sum of its parts, and I certainly wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for my camera team, the sound department, the outstanding music composers, the hair and makeup artists, editors, costumers, art and production design departments. The list of people I am indebted to is too long to share, but you know who you are.”
Dune won five awards in total: Original Score, Cinematography, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects.
Finally, The Eyes of Tammy Faye won Make Up & Hair, Cruella won Costume Design, The Black Cop won the British Short Film award, and the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by Do Not Feed the Pigeons.
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