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Sam Rockwell and Frances McDormand both won trophies for their roles in Three Billboards

This year’s Bafta Film Awards have been handed out in London.

Here are the winners in full:

Best film

  • Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Darkest Hour
  • Dunkirk
  • The Shape Of Water

Outstanding British film

  • Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Darkest Hour
  • The Death of Stalin
  • God’s Own Country
  • Lady Macbeth
  • Paddington 2


  • Winner: The Shape Of Water – Guillermo Del Toro
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Denis Villeneuve
  • Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino
  • Dunkirk – Christopher Nolan
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh

Leading actress

  • Winner: Frances McDormand – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Annette Bening – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Margot Robbie – I, Tonya
  • Sally Hawkins – The Shape Of Water
  • Saoirse Ronan – Lady Bird

Leading actor

  • Winner: Gary Oldman – Darkest Hour
  • Daniel Day-Lewis – Phantom Thread
  • Daniel Kaluuya – Get Out
  • Jamie Bell – Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Timothee Chalamet – Call Me By Your Name

Supporting actress

  • Winner: Allison Janney – I, Tonya
  • Kristin Scott Thomas – Darkest Hour
  • Laurie Metcalf – Lady Bird
  • Lesley Manville – Phantom Thread
  • Octavia Spencer – The Shape Of Water

Supporting actor

  • Winner: Sam Rockwell – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Christopher Plummer – All The Money In The World
  • Hugh Grant – Paddington 2
  • Willem Dafoe – The Florida Project
  • Woody Harrelson – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)

  • Winner: Daniel Kaluuya
  • Florence Pugh
  • Josh O’Connor
  • Tessa Thompson
  • Timothee Chalamet

Outstanding debut by a British writer, director or producer

  • Winner: I Am Not A Witch
  • The Ghoul
  • Jawbone
  • Kingdom Of Us
  • Lady Macbeth

Film not in the English language

  • Winner: The Handmaiden
  • Elle
  • First They Killed My Father
  • Loveless
  • The Salesman


  • Winner: I Am Not Your Negro
  • City Of Ghosts
  • Icarus
  • An Inconvenient Sequel
  • Jane

Animated film

  • Winner: Coco
  • Loving Vincent
  • My Life As A Courgette

Original screenplay

  • Winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Get Out
  • I, Tonya
  • Lady Bird
  • The Shape Of Water

Adapted screenplay

  • Winner: Call Me By Your Name
  • The Death Of Stalin
  • Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool
  • Molly’s Game
  • Paddington 2

Original music

  • Winner: The Shape Of Water – Alexandre Desplat
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Benjamin Wallfisch, Hans Zimmer
  • Darkest Hour – Dario Marianelli
  • Dunkirk – Hans Zimmer
  • Phantom Thread – Jonny Greenwood


  • Winner: Blade Runner 2049 – Roger Deakins
  • Darkest Hour – Bruno Delbonnel
  • Dunkirk – Hoyte van Hoytema
  • The Shape of Water – Dan Laustsen
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Ben Davis


  • Winner: Baby Driver – Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Joe Walker
  • Dunkirk – Lee Smith
  • The Shape Of Water – Sidney Wolinsky
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Jon Gregory

Production design

  • Winner: The Shape Of Water – Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau
  • Beauty And The Beast – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola
  • Darkest Hour – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
  • Dunkirk – Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

Costume design

  • Winner: Phantom Thread – Mark Bridges
  • Beauty And The Beast – Jacqueline Durran
  • Darkest Hour – Jacqueline Durran
  • I, Tonya – Jennifer Johnson
  • The Shape Of Water – Luis Sequeira

Make-up and hair

  • Winner: Darkest Hour – David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, Kazuhiro Tsuji
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Donald Mowat, Kerry Warn
  • I, Tonya – Deborah La Mia Denaver, Adruitha Lee
  • Victoria Abdul – Daniel Phillips
  • Wonder – Naomi Bakstad, Robert A Pandini, Arjen Tuiten


  • Winner: Dunkirk – Richard King, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo, Mark Weingarten
  • Baby Driver – Tim Cavagin, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater
  • Blade Runner 2049 – Ron Bartlett, Theo Green, Doug Hemphill, Mark Mangini, Mac Ruth
  • The Shape Of Water – Christian Cooke, Glen Gauthier, Nathan Robitaille, Brad Zoern
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

Special visual effects

  • Winner: Blade Runner 2049 – Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson
  • Dunkirk – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson
  • The Shape Of Water – Dennis Berardi, Trey Harrell, Kevin Scott
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi – Nominees TBC
  • War For The Planet Of The Apes – Nominees TBC

British short animation

  • Winner: Poles Apart
  • Have Heart
  • Mamoon

British short film

  • Winner: Cowboy Dave
  • Aamir
  • A Drowning Man
  • Work
  • Wren Boys

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Angelina Jolie and was joined by Cambodian-born US writer and producer Loung Ung

Guests at the Bafta Film Awards united in support of the Time’s Up and Me Too campaigns by wearing black to the ceremony in London.

Some stars, like Angelina Jolie, were accompanied by rights and equality campaigners.

Many attendees also wore Time’s Up badges – all in reference to a push for greater respect and equality since the Hollywood sexual harassment scandal.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore a dark green dress with a black ribbon belt.

Bethan Holt, fashion news and features director at The Telegraph, told BBC News: “The Royal Family very rarely get involved in political messaging, so perhaps it’s not such a surprise that she didn’t join in with the rest of the women and wear black tonight.”

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Jennifer Lawrence

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Salma Hayek

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Octavia Spencer

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Kristin Scott Thomas

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Margot Robbie

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Naomie Harris

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Lupita Nyong’o

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Daniel Kaluuya

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Lily James

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Ruth Wilson

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Saoirse Ronan

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The Duchess of Cambridge

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Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson signed the letter to show “solidarity and unity”.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson has donated £1m to a new campaign aimed at helping those affected by harassment.

The donation comes as nearly 200 female British and Irish stars have signed an open letter calling for an end to sexual harassment at work.

Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley and Emma Watson are among the actors to sign the letter, published in the Observer.

Women attending the Bafta Awards in London on Sunday night say they will wear black on the red carpet.

The move is a show of solidarity with the Hollywood-based movement Time’s Up, launched in the wake of sexual abuse allegations by high-profile actresses against film producer Harvey Weinstein.

Watson is one of the first donors to the UK Justice and Equality Fund, which has launched a crowdfunding campaign to pay for a new advice network.

  • What to expect at the 2018 Bafta Awards

The fund has been set up by the 190 women who have signed the letter, along with a group of 160 people – including academics, activists and charity workers – to help victims “access support and justice”.

Keira Knightley and Tom Hiddleston have each given £10,000.

‘Uncomfortable joke’

The letter said the Bafta awards ceremony was a time to “celebrate this tremendous moment of solidarity and unity across borders by coming together and making this movement international”.

It states: “This movement is bigger than just a change in our industry alone.

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“This movement is intersectional, with conversations across race, class, community, ability and work environment, to talk about the imbalance of power.”

Other signatories include:

  • Gemma Arterton
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Sophie Okonedo
  • Florence Pugh
  • Gugu Mbatha Raw
  • Saoirse Ronan
  • Andrea Riseborough
  • Gemma Chan
  • Noma Dumezweni
  • Naomie Harris

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Penelope Cruz, Mariah Carey and Clare Foy were among celebrities who wore black at the Golden Globes

The letter reads: “In the very near past, we lived in a world where sexual harassment was an uncomfortable joke; an unavoidable awkward part of being a girl or a woman.

“It was certainly not to be discussed, let alone addressed. In 2018, we seem to have woken up in a world ripe for change.

“If we truly embrace this moment, a line in the sand will turn to stone.”

The decision to wear black at the Baftas follows a similar demonstration of support at Hollywood’s Golden Globe Awards earlier this year.

Some of Britain’s biggest stars will be joined on the red carpet ahead of the Baftas by activists, including Laura Bates who founded the award-winning Everyday Sexism project.

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The Burberry boss has his final show at London Fashion Week, before he leaves the company later this year.

He joined in 2001 and rose through the ranks, turning around Burberry’s fortunes and making it Britain’s biggest luxury brand.

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Christa Ackroyd

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Christa Ackroyd presented Look North in Yorkshire from 2001 to 2013

Former BBC Look North presenter Christa Ackroyd is facing a tax bill of up to £420,000 after losing a legal battle with HM Revenue Customs (HMRC).

Ms Ackroyd and HMRC were in dispute over the nature of her BBC contract and whether she had paid too little tax.

She was one of a number of people employed by the BBC via personal service companies.

Ruling against her, a tax tribunal said HMRC had “never suggested” she was a tax cheat or had acted dishonestly.

Ms Ackroyd said the ruling had brought an end to “five horrendous years of innuendo and gossip” surrounding her financial affairs.

A BBC spokesman said the use of personal service companies was “entirely legitimate and common practice across the industry”.

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Ms Ackroyd presented Look North in Yorkshire from 2001 to 2013 after joining from ITV’s rival news programme Calendar.

The tribunal heard she was employed via two fixed-term contracts agreed between the BBC and her personal service company, Christa Ackroyd Media Ltd (CAM).

HMRC argued that as an employee of CAM the company was liable for income tax and national insurance payments while Ms Ackroyd claimed she was a self-employed contractor and CAM had no further liability.

‘Encouraged by BBC’

Ruling in favour of HMRC, the tribunal said: “We do not criticise Ms Ackroyd for not realising that IR35 legislation was engaged.

“She took professional advice in relation to the contractual arrangements with the BBC and she was encouraged by the BBC to contract through a personal service company.”

HMRC says Ms Ackroyd is liable for unpaid tax between 2008 and 2013 totalling £419,151. Ms Ackroyd claims the unpaid figure is approximately £207,000.

The tribunal said the parties had 42 days to either reach an agreement on the figure or seek a further ruling.

Ms Ackroyd said: “The contract issued by the BBC has now been deemed a contract of employment rather than freelance and is as such subject to different tax rules.

“That it has taken five years is an indication of the complexity of IR35 legislation regarding freelance broadcasters.

“As you can imagine I have suffered five horrendous years of innuendo and gossip suggesting I am a tax cheat. This judgement proves once and for all I am not.”

‘Common practice’

A BBC spokesman said paying Ms Ackroyd via CAM was “standard industry practice at the time” when she was taken on in 2001.

He added: “Until last year it was for individuals with service companies rather than those engaging them to determine their status for tax purposes.

“The use of personal service companies is entirely legitimate and common practice across the industry as it provides flexibility for both individuals and organisations.

“An independent review conducted in 2012 found that there was no evidence that the BBC had attempted to avoid income tax or NIC by contracting in this way.”

A spokesperson for HMRC said it could not comment on individual cases but added: “Employment status is never a matter of choice; it is always dictated by the facts and when the wrong tax is being paid we put things right.”

In 2016 it emerged in legal documents that about 100 BBC presenters were being investigated over similar claims.

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The new x-ray fluorescence instrument could lead to a big increase in the number of paintings investigated

Researchers in the US have used a new scanning technique to discover a painting underneath one of Pablo Picasso’s great works of art, the Crouching Woman (La Misereuse Accroupie).

Underneath the oil painting is a landscape of Barcelona which, it turns out, Picasso used as the basis of his masterpiece.

The new x-ray fluorescence system is cheaper than alternative art scanning systems – and it is portable, making it available to any gallery that wants it.

Details were revealed at the American Association for the Advancement for Science in Austin, Texas.

The Crouching Woman is a painting from Picasso’s blue period.

Media captionHow the figure of the crouching woman takes on the landscape painting beneath.

What is remarkable is that the landscape painting beneath – probably by a student artist – is turned 90 degrees. The contour of the hills in the background becomes the crouching woman’s back. She takes on the shape and form of the Catalan countryside.

Kenneth Brummel, a curator at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, said that he was “excited” when he first learned what lay underneath the Crouching Woman.

“It helps to date the painting and it also helps to determine where the painting was made,” he told BBC News.

“But it also gives a sense of the artists with whom the painter was engaging. And these insights help us ask new, more interesting and scientifically more accurate questions regarding an artist, their process and how they arrived at the forms that we see on the surface of a painting.”

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Picasso is known to have painted over a number of his blue period paintings and Mr Brummel said he was pleased to see that the Crouching Woman was like these others.

The scanning equipment is much cheaper than current scanners and it is portable, so it’s affordable and available to every gallery that wants it.

Francesca Casadio from the Centre for Scientific Studies in the Arts in Chicago, who is among those leading the project, hopes that the widespread use of their scanners will increase our understanding of artists, their thought processes and the way they worked.

“Many more paintings are waiting to tell their secrets and with our scanning system we can help them talk to us more,” she told BBC News.

Until now scanning was only for the greatest of great works of art – and for the wealthiest galleries.

Now, the new system can be used by anyone to find the story behind any painting they are interested in.

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Two designers at London Fashion Week say their clothes made from plastic bottles and sustainable wool have a “political message”.

Vin and Omi say it’s almost impossible for low-cost high street clothes to be ethical.

The pair make their own textiles and say they want people to think about the waste created by our clothes.

“We never planned to be designers but we have a political message,” Omi tells Newsbeat. “Fashion is the best medium.”

The slogan of their show, featuring models in east London, was “we are not sheep”.

Media captionNewsbeat’s Hannah Moore went behind the scenes as Vin and Omi prepared for the show

‘So soft’

Vin and Omi have developed 11 ‘eco-textiles’, including ‘leathers’ made from the skins of chestnuts, and wool-like fabrics made from recycled plastic bottles.

“It all started when we made this t-shirt made from recycled plastic fabric,” Omi says.

“When it came back from the manufacturers it was so soft, like a cotton-cashmere blend. From there it became an obsession to see what we could do next.

“The bottles are turned into chips. They’re melted and stretched, then turned into yarn that we can weave just like fabric.”

Big fashion brands often produce clothes which end up unsold or sent to landfill.

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In the UK, we bought 1.13 million tonnes of clothing in 2016, according to the charity Wrap, but we only tend to keep clothes for an average of three years.

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Models held bags made from recycled plastic bottles with the slogan “we are not sheep”

Vin and Omi are also trying a new way of recycling what they’ve already made.

Customers who get tired of an item can send it back to the designers, who will reuse it in future collections.

The customer then gets a discount off the next thing they buy.

“It’s not a very clever practice, because you’re actually buying your own clothes back,” laughs Omi.

“But the point is, it becomes circular. We’re making money again by selling new designs.”

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Some coats were made from wool sourced from UK smallholdings, said to be more ethically produced

Omi says it’s difficult for high street retailers to be ethical if they are producing low-cost clothes and shipping them around the world.

“If a t-shirt costs £6, break down the cost. There’s no way it’s been made in good conditions,” he says.

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Faux leather vests were made from chestnut

‘Positive Fashion’

But there are signs the industry is changing.

The British Fashion Council, which oversees designers, has launched an initiative called Positive Fashion, which rewards designers who, like Vin and Omi, meet certain ethical standards.

This includes things like manufacturing in the UK and switching to green energy sources.

“We as designers are the culprits, because we make things to inspire people,” adds Omi.

“But as a single designer I can’t change the industry.”

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