1917: War epic cleans up at BAFTAs

1917 Movie Official Trailer Still

Published at 6:40am 3rd February 2020. (Updated at 7:45am 3rd February 2020)

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The movie, shot partly on Salisbury Plain, took home SEVEN prizes last night.

British director Sam Mendes' film took home the biggest prize at the ceremony in London, best picture, as well as a host of other gongs.

Beating The Irishman, Joker, Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood and Parasite to win best film, Mendes also became the first British winner of the best director BAFTA in 11 years.

The last winner of that accolade was Danny Boyle won for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

Here's the moment Sam accepted the accolade

1917 picked up seven of the nine awards it was nominated for including cinematography, sound and production design.


  • Best Film
  • Outstanding British Film
  • Best Dirctor
  • Cinematography
  • Production Design
  • Sound
  • Special Visual Effects


Part of the military area was turned into a film set to shoot the movie last year.

World War One trenches and a French farm were built near Tilshead.

The movie also features hundreds of local people as extras after a casting call for men age 16-35 was held at Salisbury City Hall.

1917 Universal pictures
Salisbury Plain was used as a a key location for the film.


The First World War drama has also been nominated for TEN Oscars.

The ceremony takes place on Sunday 9th February.

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