BAFTA 2020 Awards: Sam Mendes' 1917 epic of war takes seven titles, Joaquin Phoenix wins Best Actor

World War I drama 1917 'He was the big winner at the BAFTA on Sunday, picking up seven awards, including best film and director for Sam Mendes , in a brilliant ceremony that was news for an obvious lack of diversity among the nominees.

The exciting drama, filmed in what appears to be a single take, was also honored in the leading British films, sound, production design, cinematography and special categories of visual effects.

Britain's main film awards have been criticized for having short whites lists in their acting categories and a men's one for director, which caused the use of the hashtag #BaftasSoWhite in social networks.

The head of BAFTA, Amanda Berry, had said she was very disappointed by the lack of diversity.

Joaquin Phoenix , voted as the best actor for his transformation acclaimed by the critic of vulnerable villain to trusted villain ' jester ', addressed the issue head-on in his acceptance speech.

The industry was sending a very clear message to people of color who are not welcome here, he said, adding that it was in us to dismantle a system of oppression.

The presenter of the award, Rebel Wilson, caused the biggest laughs and applause of the night when, after reading the list of the best male directors, he said: I don't think I can do what they do, honestly, I just don't have the balls.

Actress Scarlett Johansson , which was lost in the main and supporting actress categories, told Reuters that the restricted list of male directors showed that women were being held and that the industry had to be aware of the issue.

It's quite disappointing, especially since there were many excellent movies this year that were directed by women, he said.

Renee Zellweger he beat Johansson for best actress gong for his portrayal of Judy Garland in Judy. The two will face each other again at the Oscars on February 9. It was a frustrating night for 'The Irishman', Martin Scorsese The star-filled gangster drama, which was nominated in 10 categories but left empty-handed.

However, the streaming giant did better with the divorce drama 'Marriage Story', which he saw Laura Dern the best supporting actress wins.

Brad Pitt chosen best supporting actor for 'Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood' by Quentin Tarantino, the only success of a film nominated for 10 awards.

Bong Joon Ho The obscurely comic film 'Parasite' triumphed in the original script and the film not in the English language categories at the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London.