"Thee Billboards ." big winner at British Academy Film Awards

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He heaped praise on co-star (and Best Actress winner) Frances McDormand and writer/director Martin McDonagh, who won for his original script. McDonagh also picked up prizes for producing this character study, which became only the second in BAFTA history to win both Best Picture and Best British Film (after "The King's Speech").

Award season's favourite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has inspired online activist group Avaaz's protest near Miami, Florida following the deadly shooting at a Parkland high school. This last title has been big surprise in an edition of Bafta that has perched at same time to podium of best film next to category of Best British film.

Best Leading Actress victor Frances McDormand, who did not wear black, offered her support to the Time's Up movement onstage while accepting her award.

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On the night Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri cleaned up at the 71st British Academy Film Awards, the red carpet played host to a parade of stars wearing black.

"And as we've seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change, so we're thrilled that Bafta has recognised this".

Other films in the race for the Best Film were Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water.

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Among the stars due to attend the London ceremony, typically a blend of gray skies and glamour, are Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Lupita Nyong'o, Kristin Scott Thomas and Octavia Spencer.

Meanwhile, in an open letter published Sunday before the awards, nearly 200 British and Irish stars backed a new fund to help women facing sexual harassment and abuse at work.

British royals avoid making overtly political statements or gestures, so there was little surprise when the Duchess of Cambridge chose to wear a dark green dress, by British designer Jenny Packham, as she accompanied husband Prince William, president of Bafta, to the ceremony.

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Gary Oldman bagged the Best Actor award at the BAFTA Film Awards last night (February 18), beating Daniel Day-Lewis in a race that will be replayed next month at the Oscars. "I've done a lot of great parts", before elaborating on this role that has earned him the most acclaim of his thirty-year career. "And so I did", she said as she thanked directors - the Coen Brothers, Wes Anderson and McDonagh for helping her realise "my hidden potential". "But I want you to know that I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black".