- Monday, February 19, 2018 3:37 PM
London, 19 February 2018 (MIA) - Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, about a woman seeking justice for her daughter's murder, scooped the top prizes at the Bafta Film Awards, the BBC reported.
The drama won five trophies including best film, best British film and best actress for Frances McDormand.
Gary Oldman won best actor for playing Winston Churchill - one of two awards for World War Two epic Darkest Hour.
Fantasy romance The Shape of Water took three trophies, including best director for Guillermo Del Toro.
But there were few surprises among the main awards on a night when the main talking point came from the fact most guests wore black in support of the Time's Up and Me Too campaigns.
Three Billboards, set in the wake of a gruesome killing in Missouri, was written and directed by British-born Martin McDonagh and had British financial backing - it was a 50/50 joint production between the UK's Film4 and US company Fox Searchlight.
The Bafta (British Academy Film Awards) results will strengthen its chances at the Oscars in two weeks - although Bafta's last three best films have not gone on to win best picture at the Oscars.
As well as best film, best British film and best actress, its haul included best supporting actor for Sam Rockwell and best original screenplay for McDonagh.
The Shape of Water led the Bafta nominations with 12, but came away with three - best director, production design and original music. ba/15:34
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