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Three Billboards' Sam Rockwell dedicates supporting actor Bafta to Alan Rickman

19 February 2018

Crime drama "Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri" captured five British Bafta film awards on Sunday, including best film, topping an emotionally charged ceremony that featured fashion and rhetoric in support of the fight against sexual harassment sweeping Hollywood.

"Our film is a hopeful one in lots of ways but it's also an angry one", Martin McDonagh, writer and director of "Three Billboards", said in his acceptance speech. "As we've seen this year, sometimes anger is the only way to get people to listen and to change".

In a strong awards season for British performers, Gary Oldman is the favorite to take the best-actor trophy for his Golden Globe-winning portrayal of wartime Prime Minister Winston Churchill in "Darkest Hour".

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Actor Sam Rockwell poses with his best supporting actor award for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri backstage at the BAFTA 2018 Awards.

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The dress code is similar to other red carpets, most notably the Golden Globes, when women and men both showed their support for gender equality and human rights for women.

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Backed by more than 190 entertainers, academics and activists, the letter aligns British film stars with the fight against sexual harassment set off by the allegations against USA movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

England's Old Vic Theatre has been rocked by allegations against former artistic director Kevin Spacey.

Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence and Kristin Scott Thomas were among the stars who wore black.

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"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.

Kate Winslet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Emma Thompson, Naomie Harris, Emma Watson and Gemma Arterton are among those saying that 2018 should be "the year that time was up on sexual harassment and abuse".

While members of the royal family do not express allegiance with political movements, the Duchess did wear a black belt over her baby bump.

Many of Britain's most prominent female entertainment stars have signed an open letter demanding an end to sexual harassment ahead of Britain's major film awards.

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Three Billboards' Sam Rockwell dedicates supporting actor Bafta to Alan Rickman