Director Martin McDonagh, from left, producer Peter Czernin, actors Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and producer Graham Broadbent pose for photographers backstage with their Best Film awards for 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' at the BAFTA 2018 Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
Richard R Hoover, from left, Gerd Nefzer, John Nelson and Paul Lambert with their awards for Special Visual Effects for 'Blade Runner 2049' backstage at the BAFTA 2018 Awards in London, Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — Ferocious female-led tragicomedy "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" was the big winner Sunday at the British Academy Film Awards in London, where women demanding an end to harassment, abuse and inequality dominated the ceremony.
Martin McDonagh's film about a bereaved mother seeking justice won five trophies including best film, outstanding British film and best actress, for Frances McDormand.
Producer Graham Broadbent said the movie is "the story of a woman taking on the establishment and status quo."
"It seems more timely now than we could ever have imagined," he said.
Writer-director McDonagh said it was fitting, in the year of the "Time's Up" campaign, that "Three Billboards" is "a film about a woman who refuses to take any s*** anymore."
"Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways, but it's also an angry one," McDonagh said. "As we've seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change."
McDonagh won the original screenplay prize for "Three Billboards," which also netted Sam Rockwell the supporting actor trophy. Allison Janney was named best supporting actress for playing ice skater Tonya Harding's domineering mother in "I, Tonya."
The British prizes, known as BAFTAs, are considered a key indicator of likely success at Hollywood's Oscars in two weeks' time.
List of winners of the 2018 British Academy Film Awards:
Film — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
British Film — "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Director — Guillermo del Toro, "The Shape of Water"
Supporting Actor — Sam Rockwell, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Supporting Actress — Allison Janney, "I, Tonya"
Rising Star — Daniel Kaluuya
British Debut — Writer-director Rungano Nyoni and producer Emily Morgan, "I am Not a Witch"
Original Screenplay — Martin McDonagh, "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri"
Adapted Screenplay — James Ivory, "Call Me By Your Name"
Film Not in the English Language — "The Handmaiden"
Music — Alexandre Desplat, "The Shape of Water"
Cinematography — Roger Deakins, "Blade Runner 2049"
Editing — Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss, "Baby Driver"
Production Design — Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau, "The Shape of Water"
Costume Design — Mark Bridges, "Phantom Thread"
Sound — "Dunkirk"
Visual Effects — "Blade Runner 2049"
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Makeup and Hair — David Malinowski, Ivana Primorac, Lucy Sibbick, KazuhiroTsuji, "Darkest Hour"
Animated Film — "Coco"
Short Film — "Cowboy Dave"
Short Animation — "Poles Apart"
Documentary — "I am Not Your Negro"
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema — Jon Wardle, National Film and Television School
Academy Fellowship — Ridley Scott
The film awards season in the United States and elsewhere has been overshadowed by the allegations of sexual harassment and abuse leveled at scores of entertainment figures since women began coming forward to accuse Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein last year.
England's Old Vic Theatre has been rocked by allegations against former artistic director Kevin Spacey. London police are also investigating nine claims of sexual assault by Weinstein.
The red carpet and the auditorium at London's Royal Albert Hall were a sea of black as actresses such as Lupita Nyong'o, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Margot Robbie eschewed color as a statement against sexual misconduct and gender inequality.
Several actresses brought feminist activists as guests, and men showed solidarity with "Time's Up" lapel pins.