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At UK film awards, stars say 'Time's Up' on harassment

At UK film awards, stars say 'Time's Up' on harassment At UK film awards, stars say 'Time's Up' on harassment
Stacy Diaz | 19 February, 2018, 05:18

Director Martin McDonagh's bleak drama about a mother's quest for answers about her daughter's murder struck a nerve with British Academy of Film and Television Arts voters.

"It seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined", he said.

"This is a film that is a hopeful one in lots of ways, but it is also an angry one", he said.

As the victor of best film, he said: "As we've seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change".

The best-actress race is an worldwide contest, pitting American Frances McDormand as a bereaved mother in "Three Billboards" against Britain's Sally Hawkins for "The Shape Of Water", Irish actress Saoirse Ronan for "Lady Bird", U.S. star Annette Bening for "Film Stars Don't Die In Liverpool" and Australia's Margot Robbie for "I, Tonya". Allison Janney was named best supporting actress for playing ice skater Tonya Harding's domineering mother in "I, Tonya".

Guillermo del Toro won best director for The Shape of Water, which was filmed in Toronto.

The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, are considered a key indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Oscars in two weeks' time.

With Hollywood still reeling from the fallout of the Harvey Weinstein scandal, actresses look set to wear all-black outfits at London's Albert Hall, just as they did at last month's Golden Globes.

The issue has crossed the Atlantic, where the Old Vic Theatre has been rocked by allegations against former artistic director Kevin Spacey, and London police are investigating nine claims of sexual assault by Weinstein.

Actress Kristin Scott Thomas arrives dressed in black and wearing a Time's Up pin.

"But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black", she added.

Angelina, 42, strutted down the red carpet in her velvet gown by British designers Ralph and Russo alongside her guest, First They Killed My Father producer Loung Ung.

Hayek, who told Sky News she was abused psychologically as well as physically, said: "I've been an activist for women's rights for 20 years".

The 71st British Academy Film Awards will be taking place on Sunday February 18 2018.

The Duchess of Cambridge was among those who opted not to dress entirely in black.

Kate's choice found a middle way between making a political statement - something the royal family scrupulously avoids - and ignoring the gesture by wearing a bright colour.

Nearly 200 British female entertainment stars called for an global movement to end sexual misconduct across society in a letter published ahead of the awards.

Emma Watson donated $1 million to the campaign, while Kate Winslet, Keira Knightley and Kristen Scott Thomas are all signatories to the open letter.