Three Billboards' Sam Rockwell dedicates supporting actor Bafta to Alan Rickman

Three Billboards' Sam Rockwell dedicates supporting actor Bafta to Alan Rickman

The 2018 British Academy Film Awards was held at London's Royal Albert Hall on Sunday, February 18, with "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" emerging as the biggest victor that night.

Several female stars brought feminist activists and anti-violence campaigners as guests to the ceremony at London's Royal Albert Hall.

"Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" has capped a winning evening at the British Academy Film Awards by taking the trophy for best picture.

Writer-director Martin McDonagh said a film about an angry woman who decides to act is appropriate in an awards season dominated by the campaign against sexual misconduct and bullying.

"A century ago, the Suffragettes laid the ground work for the kind of dogged resistance and powerful protest that has carried forward today with the Time's Up movement, and with it the determination to eradicate the inequality and abuse of women the world over", Lumley said.

The film awards season in the United States and elsewhere has been overshadowed by the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse leveled at scores of entertainment figures since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein previous year.

In the last seven months, Hollywood and the entertainment industry has been wracked with assault, harassment, and rape allegations with the downfall of many prolific stars such as Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Weinstein, James Toback, Jeremy Piven, and many more.

She won the Best Actress and, wearing a dress not totally black, she admitted having a "little trouble with compliance".

The U.S. -set film also won the best British film honours, qualifying on the basis of its creative team and the companies involved in producing it, many of whom are British.

"It's more likely we'll see an alien onscreen than we'll see an Asian woman at the moment, which is disgraceful", Riseborough said.

Prince William - president of the United Kingdom movie academy - and the Duchess of Cambridge were guests of honor at Sunday's ceremony, hosted by "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley. Kate acknowledged the evening's muted fashion by wearing a dark green Jenny Packham dress with black belt.

Royal family members are forbidden from making political statements of any kind and must remain unbiased.

Ahead of the ceremony, nearly 200 British women in entertainment called for an worldwide movement to end sexual misconduct.

The letter in The Observer calls for an end to impunity and says "this movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone".

Former "Harry Potter" star Watson has given the fund 1 million pounds (USD$1.4 million), according to its page on the Go Fund Me website.

Pixar animation "Coco" won for best animated film, while Christopher Nolan's "Dunkirk" won for best sound, and Edgar Wright's "Baby Driver" won for editing.

"Darkest Hour" has also been nominated in the best film and outstanding British film categories, while Kristin Scott Thomas is up for supporting actress for her role as Churchill's wife Clementine.

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool received three nominations, with Annette Bening and Jamie Bell nominated for best actor and actress, while it has also picked up a nomination for best adapted screenplay.

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