An inspiring WW1 thriller, ‘1917’, wins the BEST PICTURE AWARD at BAFTA

‘1917’ team picks up the award for OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

Sam Mendes takes home the prestigious BEST DIRECTOR BAFTA for ‘1917′

Recipient of four BAFTA Awards and an Oscar – Cinematographer Roger Deakins again bags


The team behind ‘1917’ also wins the awards for SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS,


Mumbai, February 3rd, 2020: Reliance Entertainment and Amblin Partners’ 1917 has won seven awards at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), held last evening at the Royal Albert Hall in London including Outstanding British Film and Best Film and Best Director (Sam Mendes).

The World War 1 thriller, which was nominated in 9 categories at BAFTA, also won awards for Best Cinematography (Roger Deakins), Best Production Design (Dennis Gassner and Lee Sandales), Best Sound (Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor and Stuart Wilson) and Special Visual Effects (Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron and Dominic Tuohy).

Sam Mendes, who is the first British winner of the Best Director BAFTA since Danny Boyle’s 2009 win for ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ said, “There’s the personal delight in seeing a story very close to me and my family be developed and enlarged but the massive thing has been audiences going in large numbers.”  He added, “None of us knew if an audience would turn up, it wasn’t certain at all. It’s coincided with awards season and the fact this is still number one in the UK after four weeks, [the awards have] really alerted people to the fact the movie is on, it rarely happens like that.”

Inspired by the stories that Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes’ grandfather told him,  1917 has had a dream run this awards season with 10 Oscar nominations, including  ‘Best Picture’ and ‘Best Director,’ for the forthcoming  92nd Academy Awards, which is scheduled to be held at 9th February 2020 in Los Angeles.

1917has previously won three awards at the Critics’ Choice Awards 2020 for ‘Best Director’, ‘Best Cinematographer’ and ‘Best Editing’. The film also won accolades at the 77th Golden Globes, with an award for Best Picture in the Drama category, and the Best Director’s award for Sam Mendes.

The film also bagged an award for ‘Best Feature Film’ at Directors Guild of America Awards and honored with the ‘Best Picture’ award at the Producers Guild of America Awards. Another feather in the cap was Roger Deakins winning the ‘Top Feature Award’ from the American Society of Cinematographers for his outstanding work in the movie.

DreamWorks Pictures and Reliance Entertainment present, in association with New Republic Pictures, a Neal Street production, produced in association with Mogambo, Sam Mendes film: 1917, starring George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, with Colin Firth and Benedict Cumberbatch. ‘1917’ is directed by Sam Mendes. A Reliance Entertainment release in India, the film is still running in theatres.

About Reliance Entertainment:

Reliance Entertainment is the media and entertainment arm of Reliance Group and is engaged in the creation and distribution of content across film, television, digital and gaming platforms.

Internationally, Reliance Entertainment has partnered since 2009 with iconic film producer and director, Steven Spielberg, in the formation of DreamWorks Studios, and thereafter, Amblin Partners. This relationship has produced several successful films such as The Help, War Horse, Lincoln, The Hundred Foot Journey, The Girl on the Train, A Dog’s Purpose, Bridge of Spies, The Post and the 2019 Golden Globe and Oscar winning film, Green Book.

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