‘Call Me by Your Name’ Wins Best Adapted Screenplay at the BAFTA’s

The 2018 BAFTA (British Academy Film Awards) were held last night at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England.  The award ceremony recognizes the best of the best in film from the past year, and includes special awards presented to British stars and films for their efforts.

The show, which was hosted by Absolutely Fabulous star Joanna Lumley, is seen as the penultimate of award ceremonies, as it is the last major one to happen prior to the Academy Awards, which are taking place on March 8th.

Call Me by Your Name, which details a romance between a 24-year-old student named Oliver (played by Armie Hammer) and Elio (played by Timothée Chlalamet), the 17-year-old son of Oliver’s mentor and exchange host, won the award for Best Adapted Screenplay last night. James Ivory, who wrote the adapted screenplay, accepted the award for the film.  He is also up for an Oscar for his efforts, which is his first for writing (the previous three nominations have been for directing).

Another LGBTQ movie won big last night, as The Handmaiden won for Best Film Not in the English Language.  Other LGBTQ related films, like Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird, came up empty even though they had nominations in the Best Actress category (Saoirse Ronan) and Best Supporting Actress (Laurie Metcalf). 

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