The 2019 awards season has begun its wind down for another year. The second-last ceremony on the film calendar, stars – including Prince William and Kate – stepped out to the Royal Albert Hall in London for the 72nd British Academy Film Awards. Amongst show-stopping looks and the who’s-who in the film industry, it was the award winners who ultimately stole the headlines.
Like much of the past season, the film nominations at the BAFTA’s remained relatively similar, but renowned to favourite its homegrown talent, fans were surprised to learn of Rami Malek‘s win as Best Actor for the evening. Swaying voters with his epic performance for Bohemian Rhapsody late last year, it was Britain’s Christian Bale who was considered snubbed. But was it for his performance or the fact that he fronted one of Britain’s most coveted bands?
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While many people speculate, the win comes as no surprise. Copping Best Actor awards from the Golden Globes, SAGs, AACTA International Awards and even the Satellite Awards we can confidently vouch for its validity. Accepting his award, Malek once again paid tribute to Mercury, on what seemed to be the brink of tears.
Elsewhere however, English-inspired film The Favourite swept the floor with six wins but in a unexpected turn of events, Spanish-film Roma took out the top spot winning Best Film.
The only event left to witness is the Academy Awards, and quoting the great actor, “Freddie Mercury is the gift that keeps on giving,” an Oscars win is on the horizon.