The 75th British Academy Film Awards took place in London last night and started with a celebration of Bond’s 60th Anniversary. After an action-packed highlights montage of the 25 films, Dame Shirley Bassey took to the stage with a glittering rendition of Diamonds Are Forever, which concluded with a standing ovation from the audience. Cue host Rebel Wilson, who appeared in classic Bond silhouette, before showing off her Daniel Craig leg tattoo. It was then onto the awards.
Congratulations to Lashana Lynch who was presented the EE Rising Star Award by Lady GaGa and Bukky Bakray. It is the only BAFTA award voted for by the public, honouring actors who have shown outstanding talent on screen over the past year and captured the attention of the film industry. In her speech Lashana thanked Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Cary Joji Fukunaga and everyone involved in No Time To Die before saying “I would like to thank the women of this country who taught me what it is to be in this industry as a dark-skinned woman,” she told the ceremony. “I thank you for laying the foundation for people like me.”
Tom Cross and Elliot Graham collected the BAFTA for Editing on No Time To Die in a competitive category which included Dune and Belfast. They thanked their team of assistant editors including Elise Anderson and Martin Corbett, Director Cary Joji Fukunaga, Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig. Tom Cross said working on a James Bond film had always been a dream and dedicated his award to legendary editor Peter Hunt who worked on Dr. No 60 years ago.