Olivia Colman and a Supportive Taylor Swift Ruled the BAFTAs

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“Thank goodness BAFTA has a host. But that’s probably just down to the fact I’m not on Twitter,” Joanna Lumley said at Sunday’s 2019 British Academy Film Awards in London—ushering in a night that was high on politics, diversity, and female empowerment,

Brexit wasn’t far from the minds of many presenters and recipients, either. While giving out the award for best original music, Andy Serkis quipped, “A film without music is like Laurel without Hardy. Queen without Freddie Mercury. It’s Britain without Europe.”

At the first show since BAFTA, like the American Film Academy, introduced a policy to increase diversity in film and its awards-selection process, diversity proved a big buzzword. “Foreign is just a different color, and colors complement each other. The specific color of this film is Mexico,” said Roma director Alfonso Cuarón after winning best cinematography. Cuarón took home the…

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