The 75th British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) was held on Sunday, March 13, 2022. Stars from across the world gathered at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, to celebrate various achievements in film.
This year marks the award show’s return to in-person affairs since the COVID-19 pandemic broke out in 2020, with Dune and The Power of the Dog winning big. Dune won five awards namely under the Special Visual Effects, Best Original Score, Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, and Best Sound categories. The Power of the Dog, on the other hand, bagged the Best Film award for which Jane Campion became only the third female filmmaker to win Best Director in the history of the BAFTAs.
Will Smith won the Best Actor award for King Richard while Joanna Scanlan was declared Best Actress for her performance in After Love. Ariana Debose won Best Supporting Actress for West Side Story while Troy Kotsur made history by becoming the first deaf male actor to win Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTAs.
The show hosted by Australian actress Rebel Wilson, was opened by British film academy chairman Krishnendu Majumdar who voiced support for Ukraine amid its ongoing war with Russia saying, “We stand in solidarity with those who are bravely fighting for their country and we share their hope for a return to peace.”