‘The Power of the Dog’ Wins Best Film at BAFTAs; ‘Dune’ Leads With Five Wins

Ariana DeBose
BAFTA/Guy Levy

Dune” may have been the big winner at the 2022 BAFTAs with five wins in the craft categories, but it was Jane Campion’s “The Power of the Dog” that took home the coveted best film and director awards.

The most celebrated event in the British film industry calendar returned for its first live edition since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, and with it came a renewed energy.

While the ceremony at London’s Royal Albert Hall had a number of no-shows among nominees — likely due to a chock-a-block awards season schedule that saw the Critics Choice Awards land on the same day — co-stars stepped up to accept awards on the winners’ behalf, as was the case for Campion, whose best director award was picked up by her “Power of the Dog” lead Benedict Cumberbatch.

Cumberbatch had only just lost out on best actor to “King Richard’s” Will Smith. Fumbling with some notes at the podium, he jokingly made to read his thwarted acceptance speech before saying, “You don’t lose to Will Smith, you win to be in his company.”

It was difficult at times to remember that between the last BAFTA awards at Royal Albert Hall in February 2020 and this one, a global pandemic had completely overhauled the industry and virtually every aspect of life as we knew it. Looking at the packed audience in attendance — where virtually no one was masked but where everyone had shown negative COVID results from within 24 hours — it was a pleasant reminder of ‘before’ times.

British musical legend Shirley Bassey launched the festivities with a rousing rendition of the title song from James Bond film “Diamonds Are Forever,” for which she received a standing ovation. Meanwhile, host Rebel Wilson — whose predecessors include Graham Norton, Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry — was at her irreverent best and spared no one, especially Britain’s royal family (none of whom were in attendance).

She also made one of the few political gestures of the ceremony, giving the middle finger to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Indeed, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine was referenced only a meagre handful of times during the evening.

However, in one of the awards’ more pointed political statements, Andy Serkis, prior to announcing the best director BAFTA for Campion, made reference to U.K. Home Secretary Priti Patel’s slowness in welcoming Ukrainian refugees to Britain. Earlier, the evening opened with BAFTA chair Krishnendu Majumdar paying homage to the people of Ukraine and to the filmmakers covering the war, some of whom are BAFTA members.

The red carpet was perhaps the most outspoken part of the evening, with Cumberbatch and “Boiling Point” star Stephen Graham both commenting on the war in Europe, while a group of climate change protestors disguised as fans jumped the barrier and staged a sit-down protest on the red carpet.

“Just look up! Just stop oil!” the trio shouted from within a makeshift barrier formed around them as confused celebrities hurried past. Asked what they were protesting, one protestor told Variety that they were calling for an end to more fossil fuel investments by the U.K. government. Another suggested that they’d taken inspiration from Adam McKay’s Netflix movie “Don’t Look Up,” which was nominated for four BAFTAs.

Netflix confirmed that the protest — which included smoke bombs going off at the entrance of the red carpet — had nothing to do with the streamer.

Other big winners of the evening included “After Love” actor Joanna Scanlan, who exclaimed “Come on!” upon accepting her best actress prize. Meanwhile, “CODA” star Troy Kotsur became the first deaf actor to win a BAFTA. “I’d just like to say congratulations to James Bond, 007, for the 60th anniversary. But have you maybe considered a deaf James Bond?” Kotsur joked through his interpreter.

2022 BAFTA Film Award nominees:

Best Film

“Don’t Look Up”
“Licorice Pizza”
WINNER: “The Power of the Dog”

Outstanding British Film

“After Love”
“Ali & Ava”
WINNER: “Belfast”
“Boiling Point”
“Everybody’s Talking About Jamie”
“House of Gucci”
“Last Night in Soho”
No Time to Die

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

“After Love” – Aleem Khan (Writer/Director)
“Boiling Point” – James Cummings (Writer), Hester Ruoff (Producer) [also written by Philip Barantini and Produced by Bart Ruspoli]
WINNER: “The Harder They Fall” – Jeymes Samuel (Writer/director) [also written by Boaz Yakin]
“Keyboard Fantasies” – Posy Dixon (Writer/Director), Liv Proctor (Producer)
“Passing” – Rebecca Hall (Writer/Director)

Film Not in the English Language

WINNER: “Drive My Car” – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi, Teruhisa Yamamoto
“The Hand of God” – Paolo Sorrentino, Lorenzo Mieli
“Parallel Mothers” – Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
“Petite Maman” – Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur
“The Worst Person in the World” – Joachim Trier, Thomas Robsahm


“Becoming Cousteau” – Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan
“Cow” – Andrea Arnold, Kat Mansoor
“Flee” – Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Monica Hellström
“The Rescue” – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin, John Battsek, P. J. Van Sandwijk
WINNER: “Summer of Soul (or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” – Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, David Dinerstein, Robert Fyvolent, Joseph Patel

Animated Film

WINNER: “Encanto” – Jared Bush, Byron Howard, Yvett Merino, Clarke Spencer
“Flee” – Jonas Poher Rasmussen. Monica Hellström
“Luca” – Enrico Casarosa, Andrea Warren
“The Mitchells Vs the Machines” – Mike Rianda, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller


“After Love” – Aleem Khan
“Drive My Car” – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
“Happening” – Audrey Diwan
“Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson
WINNER: “The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion
“Titane” – Julia Ducournau

Original Screenplay

“Being the Ricardos” – Aaron Sorkin
“Belfast” – Kenneth Branagh
“Don’t Look Up” – Adam Mckay
“King Richard” – Zach Baylin
WINNER: “Licorice Pizza” – Paul Thomas Anderson

Adapted Screenplay

WINNER: “CODA” – Siân Heder
“Drive My Car” – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi
“Dune” – Eric Roth, Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve
“The Lost Daughter” – Maggie Gyllenhaal
“The Power of the Dog” – Jane Campion

Leading Actress

Lady Gaga – “House of Gucci”
Alana Haim – “Licorice Pizza”
Emilia Jones – “CODA”
Renate Reinsve – “The Worst Person in the World”
WINNER: Joanna Scanlan – “After Love”
Tessa Thompson – “Passing”

Leading Actor

Adeel Akhtar – “Ali & Ava”
Mahershala Ali – “Swan Song”
Benedict Cumberbatch – “The Power of the Dog”
Leonardo DiCaprio – “Don’t Look Up”
Stephen Graham – “Boiling Point”
WINNER: Will Smith – “King Richard”

Supporting Actress

Caitríona Balfe – “Belfast”
Jessie Buckley – “The Lost Daughter”
WINNER: Ariana DeBose – “West Side Story”
Ann Dowd – “Mass”
Aunjanue Ellis – “King Richard”
Ruth Negga – “Passing”

Supporting Actor

Mike Faist – “West Side Story”
Ciarán Hinds – “Belfast”
WINNER: Troy Kotsur – “CODA”
Woody Norman – “C’mon C’mon”
Jesse Plemons – “The Power of the Dog”
Kodi Smit-McPhee – “The Power of the Dog”

Original Score

“Being the Ricardos” – Daniel Pemberton
“Don’t Look Up” – Nicholas Britell
WINNER: “Dune” – Hans Zimmer
“The French Dispatch” – Alexandre Desplat
“The Power of the Dog” – Jonny Greenwood


“Boiling Point” – Carolyn Mcleod
“Dune” – Francine Maisler
“The Hand of God” – Massimo Appolloni, Annamaria Sambucco
“King Richard” – Rich Delia, Avy Kaufman
WINNER: “West Side Story” – Cindy Tolan


WINNER: “Dune” – Greig Fraser
“Nightmare Alley” – Dan Laustsen
“No Time to Die” – Linus Sandgren
“The Power of the Dog” – Ari Wegner
“The Tragedy of Macbeth” – Bruno Delbonnel


“Belfast” – Úna Ní Dhonghaíle
“Dune” – Joe Walker
“Licorice Pizza” – Andy Jurgensen
WINNER: “No Time to Die” – Tom Cross, Elliot Graham
“Summer of Soul (or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)” – Joshua L. Pearson

Production Design

“Cyrano” – Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer
WINNER: “Dune” – Patrice Vermette, Zsuzsanna Sipos
“The French Dispatch” – Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo
“Nightmare Alley” – Tamara Deverell, Shane Vieau
“West Side Story” – Adam Stockhausen, Rena Deangelo

Costume Design

WINNER: “Cruella” – Jenny Beavan
“Cyrano” – Massimo Cantini Parrini
“Dune” – Robert Morgan, Jacqueline West
“The French Dispatch” – Milena Canonero
“Nightmare Alley” – Luis Sequeira

Make Up & Hair

“Cruella” – Nadia Stacey, Naomi Donne
“Cyrano” – Alessandro Bertolazzi, Siân Miller
“Dune” – Love Larson, Donald Mowat
WINNER: “The Eyes of Tammy Faye” – Linda Dowds, Stephanie Ingram, Justin Raleigh
“House of Gucci” – Frederic Aspiras, Jane Carboni, Giuliano Mariana, Sarah Nicole Tanno


WINNER: “Dune” – Mac Ruth, Mark Mangini, Doug Hemphill, Theo Green, Ron Bartlett
“Last Night in Soho” – Colin Nicolson, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin, Dan Morgan
“No Time to Die” – James Harrison, Simon Hayes, Paul Massey, Oliver Tarney, Mark Taylor
“A Quiet Place Part II” – Erik Aadahl, Michael Barosky, Brandon Proctor, Ethan Van Der Ryn
“West Side Story” – Brian Chumney, Tod Maitland, Andy Nelson, Gary Rydstrom

Special Visual Effects

WINNER: “Dune” – Brian Connor, Paul Lambert, Tristan Myles, Gerd Nefzer
“Free Guy” – Swen Gillberg, Brian Grill, Nikos Kalaitzidis, Daniel Sudick
“Ghostbusters: Afterlife” – Aharon Bourland, Sheena Duggal, Pier Lefebvre, Alessandro Ongaro
“The Matrix Resurrections” – Tom Debenham, Hew J Evans, Dan Glass, J. D. Schwaim
“No Time to Die” – Mark Bokowski, Chris Corbould, Joel Green, Charlie Noble

British Short Animation

“Affairs of the Art” – Joanna Quinn, Les Mills
WINNER: “Do Not Feed the Pigeons” – Jordi Morera
“Night of the Living Dread” – Ida Melum, Danielle Goff, Laura Jayne Tunbridge, Hannah Kelso

British Short Film

WINNER: “The Black Cop” – Cherish Oteka
“Femme” – Sam H. Freeman, Ng Choon Ping, Sam Ritzenberg, Hayley Williams
“The Palace” – Jo Prichard
“Stuffed” – Theo Rhys, Joss Holden-rea
“Three Meetings of the Extraordinary Committee” – Michael Woodward, Max Barron, Daniel Wheldon

EE Rising Star Award (Voted for by the Public)

Ariana DeBose
Harris Dickinson
WINNER: Lashana Lynch
Millicent Simmonds
Kodi Smit-McPhee