Last night saw a group of protestors against domestic violence crash the BAFTAs 2018 red carpet in support of the Time’s Up movement.
The group Sisters Uncut broke through the barricade and past security to lay down upon the red carpet, to raise awareness of the government’s Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill.
They argue that the bill will criminalise victims and survivors, to “leave them locked up in prison, locked out of refuges, and locked in to violent relationships”.
“We are in solidarity with the Time’s Up campaign,” protestor Ana Kaur told The Standard. “As well as calling Time’s Up on individual perpetrators, we have to call Time’s Up on our government for failing to provide us with real options and support.”
The Government however, argue that the Bill will “protect and support victims, recognise the life-long impact domestic abuse has on children and make sure agencies effectively respond to domestic abuse.”
There was strong support for the Time’s Up movement at last night’s ceremony, with many actors wearing black attire in solidarity, and others wearing ‘Time’s Up’ pin badges.
Hailed by NME as ‘masterpiece‘, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri won Best Film and Outstanding British Film, with Martin McDonagh winning Original Screenplay, Sam Rockwell taking Supporting Actor, and Frances McDormand receiving the BAFTA for Leading Actress.
Elsewhere, The Shape of Water also performed well by taking home three awards – with Guillermo del Toro named Best Director, composer Alexandre Desplat winning the Original Music award, and the film also winning the award for Production Design.
Allison Janney was named Best Supporting Actress for her role as Tonya Harding’s mother in I, Tonya, while Gary Oldman won Best Leading Actor for his role in Darkest Hour – which also won for Best Make Up And Hair for his impressive transformation into former Prime Minister Winston Churchill.