Women-led Movie Wins Big at UK Film Awards BAFTA
Martin McDonagh’s tragic-comedy—Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri—won five trophies at the British Academy Film Awards in London on Sunday. The film that portrayed women seeking an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the award show as it swept the best film, outstanding British film and best actress awards, for Frances McDormand.
“The film is the story of a woman taking on the establishment and status quo,” said the producer of the movie, Graham Broadbent.
“It seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined,” he added.
Director McDonagh also found the recognition for the movie which talks about a bereaved mother seeking justice suitably appropriate with all the attention that the Time’s Up movement is getting in the English-film industry.
“It is a film about a woman who refuses to take any shit anymore,” he says.
“Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways, but it’s also an angry one,” McDonagh said. “As we’ve seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change.”
For the film, Mc Donagh received the original screenplay prize while supporting actor trophy went to Sam Rockwell. Another woman-led movie “I, Tonya” also bagged a few awards including best-supporting actress for playing ice skater Tonya Harding’s domineering mother won by Allison Janney.
The recent cases of sexual harassment where women accused the bigwigs of Hollywood and opened up about their horrid experiences has brought a special focus towards this industry. Recently at BAFTA, actors and people from the film fraternity used various symbols to show their remorse and rebellion against the rich and powerful predators in the industry.
At this event, however, women as well as men, chose to wear black as a statement against sexual misconduct and gender inequality. However, the dress code did create an issue for the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton guests of honour at Sunday’s ceremony as it is against the royal family to take political stands. Hence she chose to wear an emerald gown and received support and flak both from the fraternity.
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