Director Sam Mendes poses with the Best Director award for 1917, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards, in central London. Pictures: AP

‘1917’ has been named Best Film at the 2020 BAFTA Awards.

The Sam Mendes-helmed action flick - which is set during World War I - scooped up the top accolade at the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, as well as being named Outstanding British Film.

Sam’s feature also earned him his first Best Director BAFTA, as well as taking home the awards for Sound, Special Visual Effects, Best Production Design, and Best Cinematography.

‘1917’ was nominated for nine awards in total, and the only gongs it didn’t pick up on the night were Best Make up and Hair - which was awarded to ‘Bombshell’ - and Best Original Score, which instead went to ‘Joker’.

Alongside the Original Score win, ‘Joker’ - based on the titular villain of Batman in the DC Comics franchise - was the second biggest winner of the night, taking home a further two gongs in the form of new award Best Casting, and a Leading Actor win for Joaquin Phoenix.

Elsewhere in the evening, the Leading Actress gong went to Renée Zellweger for her portrayal of Judy Garland in biopic ‘Judy’, whilst Supporting Actress was awarded to Laura Dern for ‘Marriage Story’, and Supporting Actor went to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ star Brad Pitt.

Korean-language horror movie ‘Parasite’ picked up two awards, winning both Film Not in the English Language and Best Original Screenplay, whilst the award for Best Adapted Screenplay was given to ‘Jojo Rabbit’.

Actor Joaquin Phoenix poses with his award for Best Actor for the film Joker, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards.

The EE Rising Star Award was awarded to ‘Blue Story’ star Michael Ward, whilst Andy Serkis was honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, and Kathleen Kennedy received the prestigious Fellowship accolade.

Renee Zellweger at the British Academy of Film and Television Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

The 2020 BAFTA Awards full winners list:

Best Film

Outstanding British Film

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer
Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, and Linn Waite - ‘Bait’

Film Not in the English Language

Director Bong Joon-ho holds the Best Foreign Language Bafta Award for the film Parasite, backstage at the Bafta Film Awards.

‘For Sama’

Animated Film

Best Director

Best Original Screenplay

Best Adapted Screenplay
‘Jojo Rabbit’

Leading Actress
Renee Zellweger - ‘Judy’

Leading Actor
Joaquin Phoenix - ‘Joker’

Supporting Actress
Laura Dern - ‘Marriage Story’

Supporting Actor
Brad Pitt - ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Best Original Score

Best Casting

Best Cinematography

Best Editing
‘Le Mans ’66’

Production Design

Costume Design
‘Little Women’

Make up and Hair


Special Visual Effects

British Short Animation
‘Grandad Was a Romantic’

British Short Film
‘Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone’

EE Rising Star Award
Michael Ward

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Andy Serkis

BAFTA Fellowship
Kathleen Kennedy