Last night's BAFTA award show became home to yet another, British invasion and not just because it was brought to us from across the pond. The star-studded event saw some of our favorite names in the film industry celebrate the achievements of the past year. But no one could stop the overbearing tide brought in by the British, who struck the luckiest yesterday.
But one moment that stood out from the rest has to be Joaquin Phoenix's heartfelt speech about how systematic racism plays a crucial part in keeping people of color out of the top spots.
Keep scrolling to see his full speech...
On Sunday night, the BAFTAS took place in London, England.
via: Getty ImagesThe coveted award ceremony saw some of the most popular faces in the film industry today take to the stage to celebrate a year's worth of blood, sweat, tears and movies at the Royal Albert Hall.
Amongst the stars attending the show were some very special, royal guests.
via: Getty ImagesIt was only fitting that Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton sat amongst the crowd of celebrities in the hopes that they would be able to celebrate the best of what Britain has to offer.
And they didn't disappoint.
via: Getty ImagesThe major winner of the night was 1917, directed by Sam Mendes. Out of 9 overall nominations, the dramatic war-film took home 6 awards.
This included the all-important Best Film award.
via: Getty ImagesWith the Oscars just under a week away, the film has gained enough momentum to steal a few awards from other contenders such as Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019) and Joker (2019).
Sam Mendes also won the award for Best Director over Todd Phillips.
via: Getty ImagesIn a shocking twist, Mendes overshadowed Phillips, Scorsese, Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho, securing the role of the best director at this year's BAFTAS.
In a similar fashion, film underdog Parasite won a fair share of awards too.
via: Getty ImagesAfter their shock win at the SAG awards, critics and fans alike were watching how things panned out for the South Korean thriller.
And it's safe to say, it did not disappoint.Parasite took home 2 awards; one for Original Screenplay and the other for Film Not in the English Language. Congratulations to Bong Joon-Ho and the rest of the cast on their impressive wins pre-Oscars.
One movie did disappoint heavily though...
via: Getty ImagesThe Irishman had over double the nominations Parasite did, being nominated in almost every single category. However, it did not manage to secure any trophies. Yikes.
Second, on the disappointing list had to be Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
via: Getty ImagesHear me out before you think I'm ready to slate the iconic duo of DiCaprio and Pitt. I'm not. They're incredible actors, but it seems as if the competition was too tough for the movie to beat. Not the result Tarantino would have wanted, just days before the Oscars.
It was nominated for 10 awards and only won 1 of them.Pitt kept the boat sailing after he picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor, beating the likes of Tom Hanks and Al Pacino.
He could not be in attendance due to "family commitments."
via: Getty ImagesSo instead, he asked his co-star Margot Robbie to accept the award on his behalf. She went on stage and read out a speech scrawled by Pitt on a piece of paper which had the audience stifling laughs due to the awkward nature of the words.
Pitt decided he would cleverly reference 2 difficult situations Britain was currently facing.
via: Getty imagesBrexit and Megxit. Keep scrolling to see the hilarious video. Robbie started reading, saying: "Hey Britain! Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club! Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement."
But he didn't stop there...Right in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton, she continued: "He says that he is going to name this [award] Harry - because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him." Robbie winces straight after and explains, "those are his words, not mine!" Thankfully, everyone laughed.
However, Joaquin Phoenix really stole the show last night.
via: Getty ImagesThe star won the award for Leading Actor over the other worthy competitors in the category including Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Adam Driver in Marriage Story.
To be honest, it didn't come as much of a shock considering the winning streak Joaquin has been on.
via: Getty ImagesAnd being the humble man that he is, he always uses his speech to lift others. At the last SAG awards, he commended everyone else nominated, outlining the reasons why each of them deserved it more than him. You can find the full speech if you keep scrolling.
And this time, he discussed the issue of "systematic racism" in the industry.
via: Getty ImagesHe called-out the all-white nominations for the major awards, explaining how people like him benefit from people of color, and subsequently, he was praised highly for his attempt to raise awareness about a prominent issue that has been lingering around the industry for far too long.
This is what he had to say:
via: Getty Images"I feel very honored and privileged to be here tonight. The BAFTAS have already been very supportive of my career and I'm deeply appreciative. But I have to say that I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don't have that same privilege."
via: Getty Images"I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you're not welcome here. I think that's the message that we're sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from. I don't think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment - although that's what we give ourselves every year. People just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work."
"I'm ashamed to say that I'm part of the problem."
via: Getty Images"I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I was on are inclusive. But I think it's more than just having sets that are multi-cultural. We have to do really the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that's on us."
Celebrities of color commended the actor for his effort to raise awareness.
Thank you Joaquin Phoenix. For your honesty, solidarity AND courage. Well done 🤜🏿🤜🏿👏🏿👏🏿❤️#GreatBAFTAspeech https://t.co/MXrwmn1JX3— Viola Davis (@Viola Davis)1580703301.0
And so did Kerry Washington.
Meanwhile Joaquin out here spewing FACTS in his #BAFTA speech https://t.co/brCMubKTp8— kerry washington (@kerry washington)1580707540.0
Asian director and producer also tweeted Joaquin Phoenix.
An uncomfortable silence filled the hall for a long noticeable moment. Thank you Joaquin.— Lulu Wang (@Lulu Wang)1580678103.0
Writer and critic, Hanna Ines Flint had some advice for him.
I am really interested to see what Joaquin Phoenix's next projects are and how he will put his words into action.— Hanna Ines Flint (@Hanna Ines Flint)1580721661.0