'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' takes top honors at BAFTA Awards

Braless Rochelle Humes shows off her sleek figure in extreme plunging gown for hosting duties at the BAFTAs

Martin McDonagh's drama, about a woman who rents billboards to pressure police to solve her daughter's murder, started off strong by winning the first prize of the night, the Outstanding British Film accolade, and continued its success with wins for Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell, Best Actress for Frances McDormand, and finally, Best Film.

Award season's favourite Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has inspired online activist group Avaaz's protest near Miami, Florida following the deadly shooting at a Parkland high school.

Princess Kate accompanied William, who is president of BAFTA, and also wore a glittering matching emerald and diamond necklace to the Awards ceremony.

The furor over sexual misconduct forms a somber backdrop to the awards, whose front-runners include monster fantasia The Shape of Water, tragicomedy Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri and World War II flag-waver Darkest Hour.

Other films in the race for the Best Film were Call Me By Your Name, Darkest Hour, Dunkirk and The Shape of Water.

"I think the most important thing with all of this is speaking out and being seen to speak out", said Amanda Nevill, chief executive of the British Film Institute.

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While it was the actors and directors taking home the awards, it was the Time's Up movement against sexual harassment and bullying and #MeToo campaign that dominated the night. In what may be a helpful precedent, she wore a black Alexander McQueen dress to last year's awards. Daniel Kaluuya, the British star of Get Out took the rising star award.

As well as director del Toro's award for direction, composer Alexandre Desplat collected the original music award - his third BAFTA win - and the film also won best production design.

The awards have a new, and female, face this year, as "Absolutely Fabulous" star Joanna Lumley replaces longtime host Stephen Fry.

"I loved doing this insane part and finding her humanity, that's what I try and do in all roles", she said backstage.

Margot Robbie, Jennifer Lawrence, Angelina Jolie and nearly every other major celebrity wore black on the red carpet tonight, which has been a dominant theme at awards shows in the wake of the Time's Up and #MeToo movements after the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke last fall.

"But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black", she added.

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