The war film "Nothing New on the West" has won Best Film at the British Film Awards. Director Edward Berger also won in the Best Director category; the war drama received a total of seven Baftas. Austin Butler received the Best Actor trophy for his role in "Elvis" and Cate Blanchett received the Best Actress trophy for "Tar".
The Irish tragic comedy The Banshees of Inisherin received four awards including Best British Film. The film, which was shot in Ireland and mainly starred Irish actors, beat "Everything Everywhere All at Once"; Both films went into the ceremony, which took place in London's Royal Festival Hall in the presence of heir apparent Prince William and his wife Kate, with ten nominations each.
"Best price what?" exclaimed director/writer Martin McDonagh. His film had received British funding and McDonagh was born in Britain to Irish parents. Banshees also won Best Screenplay and Kerry Condon and Barry Keoghan won Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor respectively.
Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis" won in the Cast, Costume Design, and Hair and Makeup categories. The awards in the important categories are also considered references to the Oscars in the US on March 12th.
With "Nothing New in the West" was the first non-English-language film with 14 nominations. Also, since 2001's Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, no film has received as many nominations.
Actor Richard Grant hosted the show. Referring to the incident at last year's Oscars, when Will Smith punched comedian Chris Rock in the face, he said, "No one under my supervision will be hit today except on the shoulder (tapped)."