10 past BAFTA winners to watch
As we prepare to bring you the 2018 British Academy Film Awards on February 18, we’re proud to show some of the best BAFTA-winning films of the past, including controversial favourites and films that could offer clues about this year’s winners.
- Atonement (2008). This romantic epic based on Ian McEwan’s novel introduced the world to Saoirse Ronan and represents the last BAFTA win for director Joe Wright. Ten years later, Wright hopes to break his losing streak with a Best Film win for his Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, and Ronan could grab her first award for her lead performance in Lady Bird. February 18 and 19 on HS00.
- Gladiator (2000). BAFTA was just as wowed as audiences by Ridley Scott’s sword and sandal epic and it nabbed Best Film as well as multiple technical awards. However, in a classic BAFTA twist, Russell Crowe went home empty handed when the mighty gladiator was outdone by dancing teen Jamie Bell in Billy Elliot, who’s up again this year for his work in Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. February 2 and 3 on HS00 and all month on Hollywood Suite On Demand and Hollywood Suite GO.
- La Dolce Vita (1960). Call Me By Your Name isn’t the first sensual Italian film to capture BAFTA’s attention. In fact Federico Fellini and his films like La Dolce Vita were favourite nominees of the Academy and he was made a fellow in 1987. If that just gets you hungry for more, also check out 1999’s The Talented Mr. Ripley for lush Italian landscapes in all their colourful glory. February 10 on HS70.
- Secrets & Lies (1996). The Best British Film category at the BAFTAs is a way to keep up with the best directors from Britain that get overlooked by the American awards. Mike Leigh has never taken home an Oscar, but this classic shows Leigh’s ability to unlock brilliant performances, explore class issues and reveals why he’s still one of Britain’s greatest filmmakers. February 24 and 25 on HS90 and all month on Hollywood Suite On Demand and Hollywood Suite GO.
- Brokeback Mountain (2005). Many film fans point to BAFTA’s choice of Brokeback Mountain as Best Film in 2006 over The Oscars’ confusing choice of the immediately dated Crash as a particular feather in the British Academy’s cap for falling on the right side of history, artistically speaking. This year, there’s another story of same-sex attraction and sheep farming hoping to follow in Brokeback’s multiple BAFTA-winning footsteps: Francis Lee’s God’s Own Country. February 16 on HS00 and all month on Hollywood Suite On Demand and Hollywood Suite GO.
- Witness (1985). If you’re a fan of this year’s multi-BAFTA nominee Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, you might enjoy this tale of crime spinning out of control in a small town. Like Irish director Martin McDonagh’s outsider perspective to Three Billboards, Australian Peter Weir finds a unique setting and fascinating beauty in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country in this Harrison Ford-starring thriller. February 16 on HS80.
- An Education (2009). A rightful controversy looms over this year's BAFTAs due to the notable snub of director Greta Gerwig despite the Best Film nomination for her comedy Ladybird. Lone Scherfig, director of the coming-of-age tale An Education, is one of only about a half dozen women to be nominated in the category. Though it features a BAFTA-winning performance by Carey Mulligan, Scherfig lost the directing prize to the sole woman to ever take home BAFTA's top prize for directing: Kathryn Bigelow for her film The Hurt Locker. February 18 on HS00.
- Julia (1977). This look at the life of authors Lillian Hellman and Dashiell Hammett, played by Jane Fonda and Jason Robards, is a classic example of the difference between Oscar and BAFTA voting sensibilities. While the Oscars focused on the screenplay along with Robards and Vanessa Redgrave’s supporting performances, BAFTA gave the film their highest honor and didn’t forget Fonda’s brilliant lead performance. February 17 and 18 on HS70.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998). Many see this year’s 8-time nominee Dunkirk as the modern answer to Steven Spielberg’s 1998 boots-on-the-ground war epic that threw audiences into World War II. Only time will tell if Christopher Nolan’s chronicle of the evacuation at Dunkirk will outdo Spielberg’s retelling of D-Day, which managed to nab Best Sound and Best Visual Effects prizes. February 4 HS90.
- Shirley Valentine (1989). BAFTA has always been kind to comedies with movies like Shrek, Strictly Ballroom and The Commitments vying for the top prize along with this charming romance starring the wonderful Pauline Collins in a BAFTA-winning role. As bonus fun for this year’s ceremony, our host Joanna Lumley co-stars in a hilarious supporting role. February 18 and 19 on HS80 and all month on Hollywood Suite On Demand and Hollywood Suite GO.