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The Disney production "Encanto" has won the award for best animated film at the latest edition of the BAFTAs. Photo: BAFTA - Twitter.
Disney's 'Encanto' has won the award for Best Animated Film at the latest edition of the BAFTAs. Photo: Twitter - BAFTA.

DeBose and 'Encanto' triumph at the BAFTAs

The EE British Film Academy awarded Afro-Latina actress Ariana DeBose and 'Encanto,' which was inspired by a García Márquez book.

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Just two weeks before the Oscars, the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) offered a preview of the experience next Sunday, March 27 in Hollywood.

The 75th ceremony of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts was held on Sunday, March 14 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and was hosted by Australian actress Rebel Wilson.

The favorite movie of the night was Dune, directed by Canadian director Denis Villeneuve. It earned 11 nominations, and won five: Best Cinematography, Best Original Score, Best Sound, Best Production Design and Best Special Visual Effects.

The film produced by Netflix, The Power of the Dog, won the award for Best Film. Its director, New Zealand's Jane Campion also took home the award for Best Director. It is the third time in its history that the British Academy has awarded the recognition to a woman. Campion's predecessors have been the U.S.'s Kathryn Bigelow, for The Hurt Locker (2009), and China's Chloé Zhao for her feature film, Nomadland (2021).

The award for best British film went to Belfast, directed by Kenneth Branagh. This autobiographical drama, recorded in black and white, follows the story of a boy in the capital of Northern Ireland, in the 1960s and 1970s, amid the social and religious conflicts at the height of The Troubles.

Another winner on the night was Afro-Latina actress Ariana DeBose for her performance in the musical West Side Story, directed by Steven Spielberg. DeBose is on a roll of late, as the same role earned her awards at the Golden Globes and at the SAG Awards for Best Supporting Actress. She is also nominated in the category at the upcoming Oscars.

"I'm overwhelmed. This is so thrilling! I just never really thought I’d be recognized in a country that is not my own. I was shocked, I'm still shocked. There’s an incredible category of women, every single one of them. To be included in that category really means a lot, women I respect, admire and inspire me,” said DeBose, inn reference to the other nominees in the same category: Caitríona Balfe (Belfast), Jessie Buckley (The Lost Daughter), Ann Dowd (Mass), Aunjanue Ellis (King Richard) and Ruth Negga (Passing).

Besides DeBose, the film Encanto was the winner in the Best Animated Film category, with other features like Flee, Luca, and The Mitchells vs The Machines. Encanto tells the story of the Madrigal family who live in a town surrounded by mountains in Colombia. The production, directed by Jared Bush and Byron Howard, will compete to win the awards for Best Animated Feature Film, Best Song and Best Soundtrack at the Academy Awards.

Joanna Scanlan, Will Smith, and the movie Drive My Car were other winners of the night in the categories of Best Actress, Best Actor and Best Film not in the English language, respectively. Troy Kotsur also became the first deaf person to win an award for Best Supporting Actor at the BAFTAs for his performance in CODA.

The full list of winners is available on the official BAFTA website.

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