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BAFTAs 2024: Samantha Morton dedicates her British film academy fellowship to ‘every child in care, or who has been in care and who didn’t survive’


Samantha Morton accepted the British film academy’s highest honour – the Bafta fellowship – and dedicated it to children in care. 

The English actress and director, 46, collected the prestigious award from producer David Heyman, who she worked with on Fantastic Beasts.

Samantha was emotional as she accepted the fellowship on Sunday at the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, and hailed the win as ‘nothing short of a miracle’.

The star, who grew up in foster care, used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to Ken Loach’s 1969 film Kes – which she said left her ‘forever changed’.

‘Seeing poverty and people like me on the screen, I recognised myself – representation matters,’ Samantha said. 

Samantha Morton accepted the British film academy's highest honour - the Bafta fellowship - and dedicated it to children in care at the ceremony in London's Royal Festival Hall on Sunday

Samantha Morton accepted the British film academy’s highest honour – the Bafta fellowship – and dedicated it to children in care at the ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall on Sunday

The English actress and director, 46, collected the prestigious award from producer David Heyman, who she worked with on Fantastic Beasts

The English actress and director, 46, collected the prestigious award from producer David Heyman, who she worked with on Fantastic Beasts

Ahead of her acceptance, a clip played which was filled with tributes from her Minority Report co-star Tom Cruise, as well as collaborators Susan Lynch, Molly Windsor and Daniel Mays.

Producer David described her as a ‘rare breed and true artist’. 

‘This is nothing short of a miracle,’ Samantha said during her acceptance speech.

‘When I first saw Ken Loach’s Kes on a huge telly that was wheeled into my classroom I was forever changed.’

Samantha said she would tell her younger self: ‘You matter, don’t give up, the stories we tell, they have the power to change people’s lives.

‘Film changed my life, it transformed me and it led me here today.’

She added: ‘I dedicate this award to every child in care, or who has been in care, who is suffering or didn’t survive.’ 

Samantha received the award in recognition of her contribution to British cinema over the course of her career. 

Samantha was emotional as she accepted the fellowship on Sunday at the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, and hailed the win as 'nothing short of a miracle'

Samantha was emotional as she accepted the fellowship on Sunday at the ceremony at the Royal Festival Hall, and hailed the win as ‘nothing short of a miracle’

The star, who grew up in foster care, used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to Ken Loach's 1969 film Kes - which she said left her 'forever changed'

The star, who grew up in foster care, used her acceptance speech to pay tribute to Ken Loach’s 1969 film Kes – which she said left her ‘forever changed’

'Seeing poverty and people like me on the screen, I recognised myself - representation matters,' Samantha said

‘Seeing poverty and people like me on the screen, I recognised myself – representation matters,’ Samantha said

THE BAFTA WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Best Film – Oppenheimer

 Best Director – Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer

Supporting Actor – Robert Downey Jr, Oppenheimer

Leading Actor – Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer

Leading Actress – Emma Stone, Poor Things

Supporting Actress – Da’vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers

 

Anna Higgs, Chair of BAFTA’s Film Committee, previously said: ‘Samantha Morton is a mesmerising storyteller with incredible range. She has made an extraordinary impact on the British film industry – consistently shining a light on complex characters and championing underrepresented stories.

‘On-and-off screen, she always works to break down societal barriers and change the make-up of the screen industries for the better – often against great odds.

‘Samantha is hugely respected by her peers in Britain and Hollywood alike for her versatility, talent and passion for the craft of acting, and we are delighted to be honouring her exceptional body of work at the EE BAFTA Film Awards next week.’

Samantha follows in the footsteps of previous honourees to have received BAFTA’s highest award including Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese and Dame Helen Mirren.

Following the ceremony, Samantha said ‘money is wasted’ in the children’s care system.

Samantha said after her win: ‘It costs the taxpayer a huge amount of money to keep a child in care, to take care of them.

‘And that money is wasted and spent ridiculously.

Ahead of her acceptance, a clip played which was filled with tributes from her Minority Report co-star Tom Cruise , as well as collaborators Susan Lynch, Molly Windsor and Daniel Mays

Ahead of her acceptance, a clip played which was filled with tributes from her Minority Report co-star Tom Cruise , as well as collaborators Susan Lynch, Molly Windsor and Daniel Mays

Samantha said she would tell her younger self: 'You matter, don't give up, the stories we tell, they have the power to change people's lives

Samantha said she would tell her younger self: ‘You matter, don’t give up, the stories we tell, they have the power to change people’s lives

Samantha received the award in recognition of her contribution to British cinema over the course of her career

Samantha received the award in recognition of her contribution to British cinema over the course of her career

Samantha (seen with her daughter Esme Creed-Miles) follows in the footsteps of previous honourees to have received BAFTA's highest award including Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese and Dame Helen Mirren

Samantha (seen with her daughter Esme Creed-Miles) follows in the footsteps of previous honourees to have received BAFTA’s highest award including Sir Alfred Hitchcock, Charlie Chaplin, Dame Judi Dench, Martin Scorsese and Dame Helen Mirren

Samantha said after her win: 'It costs the taxpayer a huge amount of money to keep a child in care, to take care of them'

Samantha said after her win: ‘It costs the taxpayer a huge amount of money to keep a child in care, to take care of them’

‘I used to say when I was a kid of many children’s homes, I used to say, ‘It’d be great, why don’t I just go to some fancy boarding school? At least then I get an education’. But that wasn’t on the cards.’

She added: ‘To those kids in care, don’t allow the system to drag you down because it can and it will.’

Oppenheimer won Best Film as well as sweeping the board in the major categories at the BAFTA Film Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on Sunday.

The epic biographical thriller led the wins with seven gongs, including Best Actor for Cillian Murphy, Best Supporting Actor for Robert Downey Jr and Best Director for Christopher Nolan. It had the most nominations with 13.

The biggest night in British film returned with actor David Tennant as host and an array of guest presenters on hand to deliver awards throughout the night.

Murphy, 47, – who plays the titular role in Nolan’s atomic bomb saga – picked up the prize at the prestigious British awards ceremony.

He triumphed against Bradley Cooper for Maestro, Colman Domingo for Rustin, Paul Giamatti for The Holdovers, Barry Keoghan for Saltburn and Teo Yoo for Past Lives.

Accepting the trophy he said: ‘Oh boy, holy moly, thank you very, very much BAFTA.’

He paid tribute to ‘the most dynamic, kindest producer-director partnership in Hollywood: Chris Nolan and Emma Thomas, thank you for seeing something in me that I probably didn’t see in myself.’

Cillian Murphy accepts the Leading Actor Award for Oppenheimer

Cillian Murphy accepts the Leading Actor Award for Oppenheimer

Emma Stone accepts the Leading Actress Award for Poor Things

Emma Stone accepts the Leading Actress Award for Poor Things

Christopher Nolan won the Best Director BAFTA for Oppenheimer, his epic tale of how the nuclear bomb was created

Christopher Nolan won the Best Director BAFTA for Oppenheimer, his epic tale of how the nuclear bomb was created

Robert Downey Jr. accepts the Supporting Actor Award for Oppenheimer

Robert Downey Jr. accepts the Supporting Actor Award for Oppenheimer

Da'Vine Joy Randolph has been crowned victorious in the Best Supporting Actress category for her part in The Holdovers

Da’Vine Joy Randolph has been crowned victorious in the Best Supporting Actress category for her part in The Holdovers

Oppenheimer swept up in the big name categories, but it was closely followed by the surreal black comedy Poor Things.

It marked five awards for the film, as Emma Stone collected the Best Actress gong for her turn as Bella Baxter.

Accepting her award, she said: ‘Since we’re in London, I want to start by thanking dialect coach. She praised him for not laughing at her when he taught her how to say ‘water’.

‘I really wanted to thank my mum, because she’s the best person I know. Without her none of this would exist, including my life, so thank you for that Mum.’

American actress Stone said she was ‘in awe’ of all of the team behind the comedy, where she plays the part of a woman who is reanimated and implanted with the brain of a baby.

She paid tribute to the writers for coming up with the line ‘I must go punch that baby’ in a memorable dinner scene, and also hailed director Yorgos Lanthimos for ‘our friendship and the gift of Bella’.

Also thanking her mother, Stone said: ‘She kind of made me believe this crazy idea that I can do something like this.’

Meanwhile, Da’Vine Joy Randolph crowned victorious in the Best Supporting Actress category for her part in The Holdovers as she continues her march to Oscars glory.

Randolph took to the stage and told Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was presenting the award, ‘you are so handsome’ – prompting laughter from the audience.

On a more serious note, she said: ‘Thank you for trusting me with this beautiful character.

Becoming emotional, she said being able to ‘wear this beautiful gown, standing on the stage in London, is not a responsibility I take lightly’.

The night kicked off with French legal drama Anatomy Of A Fall winning the Original Screenplay award after premiering in Cannes back in May.

Collecting the award, co-writer and director Justine Triet, said: ‘The last time I I was in London, a woman said to me: ‘After I saw your movie I called my ex and told him to see it to understand why I dumped him.’

BAFTA 2024 WINNERS IN FULL

Best Film

Anatomy Of A Fall

The Holdovers

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Poor Things

 

 Best Director

Oppenheimer's is set to sweep the board. One of its many nominations is Christopher Nolan as Best Director

Oppenheimer’s is set to sweep the board. One of its many nominations is Christopher Nolan as Best Director

Andrew Haigh, All of Us Stranger

Justine Triet, Anatomy of a Fall

Alexander Payne, The Holdovers

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer – WINNER

Jonathan Glazer, The Zone of Interest

 

Supporting Actor

Robert De Niro, Killers Of The Flower Moon

Robert Downey Jr, Oppenheimer – WINNER

Jacob Elordi, Saltburn

Ryan Gosling, Barbie

Paul Mescal, All Of Us Strangers

Dominic Sessa, The Holdovers

 

Supporting Actress

Emily Blunt, Oppenheimer

Danielle Brooks, The Color Purple

Claire Foy, All Of Us Strangers

Sandra Hüller, The Zone Of Interest

Rosamund Pike, Saltburn

Da’vine Joy Randolph, The Holdovers – WINNER

 

Original Screenplay

Anatomy Of A Fall has received plenty of nominations including for Original Screenplay

Anatomy Of A Fall has received plenty of nominations including for Original Screenplay

Anatomy of a Fall – WINNER

Barbie

The Holdovers

Maestro

Past Lives

 

Adapted Screenplay

All Of Us Strangers

American Fiction – WINNER

Oppenheimer

Poor Things

The Zone Of Interest

 

Animated Film

Chicken Run's sequel Dawn Of The Nugget is up for Animated Film

Chicken Run’s sequel Dawn Of The Nugget is up for Animated Film

The Boy And The Heron – WINNER

Chicken Run: Dawn Of The Nugget

Elemental

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse

 

British Short Film

Festival Of Slaps

Gorka

Jellyfish And Lobster – WINNER

Such A Lovely Day

Yellow 

 

Cinematography

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Maestro

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Poor Things

The Sone Of Interest 

 

Documentary

20 Days In Mariupol – WINNER

American Symphony

Beyond Utopia

Still: A Michael J. Fox Movie

Wham! 

 

Make Up & Hair

Killers Of The Flower Moon earned plenty of nominations. Pictured: Lily Gladstone and Leonardo di Caprio

Killers Of The Flower Moon earned plenty of nominations. Pictured: Lily Gladstone and Leonardo di Caprio

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Maestro

Napoleon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things – WINNER

 

Product Design

Barbie 

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things – WINNER

The Zone Of Interest 

 

Special Visual Effects

Poor Things, featuring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo (both pictured), is up for Special Visual Effects

Poor Things, featuring Emma Stone and Mark Ruffalo (both pictured), is up for Special Visual Effects

The Creator

Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Napoleon

Poor Things – WINNER

Leading Actor

Barry Keoghan is up for Leading Actor for his performance in Saltburn

Barry Keoghan is up for Leading Actor for his performance in Saltburn

Bradley Cooper, Maestro

Colman Domingo, Rustin

Paul Giamatti, The Holdovers

Barry Keoghan, Saltburn

Cillian Murphy, Oppenheimer – WINNER

Teo Yoo, Past Lives

 

Leading Actress

Margot Robbie got nominated for Leading Actress

Margot Robbie got nominated for Leading Actress

Fantasia Barrino, The Color Purple

Sandra Hüller, Anatomy Of A Fall

Carey Mulligan, Maestro

Vivian Oparah, Rye Lane

Margot Robbie, Barbie

Emma Stone, Poor Things – WINNER

 

Outstanding British Film

All Of Us Strangers

How To Have Sex

Napoleon

The Old Oak

Poor Things

Rye Lane

Saltburn

Scrapper

Wonka

The Zone Of Interest – WINNER

 

Film Not in the English Language

20 Days In Mariupol

Anatomy of a Fall

Past Lives

Society of the Snow

The Zone of Interest – WINNER

 

Outstanding Debut

How To Have Sex got a nod for Outstanding Debut

How To Have Sex got a nod for Outstanding Debut

Blue Bag Life

Bobi Wine: The People’s President

Earth Mama – WINNER

How To Have Sex

Is There Anybody Out There?

 

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer

Lisa Selby, Rebecca Lloyd-Evans, Alex Fry

Christopher Sharp

Savanah Leaf, Shirley O’connor, Medb Riordan – WINNER

Molly Manning Walker

Ella Glendining

 

British Short Animation

Crab Day – WINNER

Visible Mending

Wild Summon

 

Casting

The Holdovers had a good showing, including being up for Casting

The Holdovers had a good showing, including being up for Casting

All Of Us Strangers

Anatomy Of A Fall

The Holdovers – WINNER

How To Have Sex

Killers Of The Flower Moon 

 

Costume Design

Barbie

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Napoleon

Oppenheimer

Poor Things – WINNER

 

Editing

Anatomy Of A Fall

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Poor Things

The Zone Of Interest 

 

Original Score

Killers Of The Flower Moon

Oppenheimer – WINNER

Poor Things

Saltburn

Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse 

 

Sound

The Zone Of Interest is up for Sound alongside Oppenheimer, Maestro and others

The Zone Of Interest is up for Sound alongside Oppenheimer, Maestro and others

Ferrari

Maestro

Mission: Impossible – Dead Reckoning Part One

Oppenheimer

The Zone Of Interest – WINNER

 

EE Rising Star

Phoebe Dynevor

Ayo Edebiri

Jacob Elordi

Mia McKenna-Bruce – WINNER

Sophie Wilde 

 



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