2018 BAFTA Winners: 'Three Billboards' Takes Best Film, But Guillermo Del Toro Wins Best Director

This past weekend, our friends across the pond doled out the British equivalent of the Oscars with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards, or the BAFTAs. The honors sometimes serve as a prognosticator of what might unfold at the Academy Awards, and since the awards for Best Film and Best Director ended up being split across two different movies, that makes the Oscar race all the more interesting.

The 2018 BAFTAs handed out last night gave Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri the top prize for Best Film, but it wasn't director Martin McDonagh who ended up winning Best Director. Instead that honor went to The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro. Could this be a preview of how the Oscars will go down next month?

Get the full list of the 2018 BAFTA winners below.

Guillermo del Toro winning Best Director isn't a surprise. After all, he already won the Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America award, and those are two of the biggest awards that usually predict who goes home with the Oscar. But what is a surprise is that another split has unfolded in one of the major awards ceremonies.

The Golden Globes also handed out Best Director to Guillermo del Toro, and they gave Best Motion Picture Drama to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It sounds like some of the major industry organizations want to recognize the incredible work that Guillermo del Toro put in to make The Shape of Water such a riveting immersive tale on such a small budget, but they find Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri to be the more pressing, socially conscious film that is perfect for this time.

One sleight against Three Billboards maybe winning Best Picture is that the film will be up against four more nominees at the Oscars, including the much buzzed about Get Out. Furthermore, even though Three Billboards feels like an American tale, it's very much a British production, and the BAFTAs tend to favor those kind of projects at their awards.

Even though Three Billboards won Best Film at the BAFTAs, the British awards and the Oscars haven't matched on Best Picture since 12 Years a Slave took both top prizes back in 2013. Though to be fair, they did match up the previous four years in a row before that. However, last year alone only half of the winners that have crossover categories at the Oscars lined up with the same winners. So don't use this as a guarantee that Three Billboards will win Best Picture.

Anyway, check out the full list of 2018 BAFTA winners below.

Full List of 2018 BAFTA Winners (in Bold)

Best Film

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Outstanding British Film

Darkest Hour

The Death of Stalin

God's Own Country

Lady Macbeth

Paddington 2

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Director

Denis Villeneuve, Blade Runner 2049

Luca Guadagnino, Call Me by Your Name

Christopher Nolan, Dunkirk

Guillermo Del Toro, The Shape of Water

Martin McDonagh, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Actress

Annette Bening, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Jamie Bell, Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Best Supporting Actress

Allison Janney, I, Tonya

Kristin Scott Thomas, Darkest Hour

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water

Best Supporting Actor

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Hugh Grant, Paddington 2

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Original Screenplay

Get Out

I, Tonya

Lady Bird

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Adapted Screenplay

Call Me by Your Name

The Death of Stalin

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool

Molly's Game

Paddington 2

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

The Ghoul – Gareth Tunley (writer/director/producer), Jack Healy Guttman & Tom Meeten (producers)

I Am Not a Witch – Rungano Nyoni (writer/director), Emily Morgan (Producer)

Jawbone – Johnny Harris (writer/producer), Thomas Napper (director)

Kingdom of Us – Lucy Cohen (director)

Lady Macbeth – Alice Birch (writer), William Oldroyd (director), Fodhla Cronin O'Reilly (producer)

Best Film Not in the English Language

Elle

First They Killed My Father

The Handmaiden

Loveless

The Salesman

Best Documentary

City of Ghosts

I Am Not Your Negro

Icarus

An Inconvenient Sequel

Jane

Best Animated Film

Coco

Loving Vincent

My Life as a Courgette

Best Original Music

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Best Cinematography

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Editing

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Best Production Design

Beauty and the Beast

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Best Costume Design

Beauty and the Beast

Darkest Hour

I, Tonya

Phantom Thread

The Shape of Water

Best Make Up & Hair

Blade Runner 2049

Darkest Hour

I, Tonya

Victoria & Abdul

Wonder

Best Sound

Baby Driver

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Best Special Visual Effects

Blade Runner 2049

Dunkirk

The Shape of Water

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

War for the Planet of the Apes

Best British Short Animation

Have Heart

Mamoon

Poles Apart

Best British Short Film

Aamir

Cowboy Dave

A Drowning Man

Work

Wren Boys

EE Rising Star award (voted for by the public)

Daniel Kaluuya

Florence Pugh

Josh O'Connor

Tessa Thompson

Timothée Chalamet

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That's all for the 2018 BAFTA winners. See who ends up taking home the Oscars on March 5 on ABC.