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Chernobyl wins big at the British Academy Television Craft Awards | Ents & Arts News

By newadmin / Published on Saturday, 18 Jul 2020 06:29 AM / No Comments / 33 views


Chernobyl was the big winner at the British Academy Television Craft Awards scooping seven awards.

The Sky Atlantic/HBO drama series, which is about the 1986 nuclear meltdown, beat competition from the likes of The Crown, Killing Eve and The Virtues.

It won awards for director Johan Renck, Icelandic composer Hildur Gudnadottir and costume designer Odile Dicks-Mireaux.

Other wins included best photography and lighting, sound, production design and editing.

The awards, which celebrate technical achievement in the television industry, were hosted by actor and comedian Stephen Mangan in a digital ceremony, with award-winners addressing the audience via pre-recorded acceptance speeches.

In a recorded message at the start of the ceremony, BAFTA chairman Krishnendu Majumdar, who was appointed last month, said the academy is “committed” to addressing diversity issues in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“BAFTA cares passionately about championing the next generation of talent so they have the best chance to succeed,” he added.

The academy has previously been the subject of rows over diversity and inclusion.

His Dark Materials. Pic: BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO
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Two awards went to His Dark Materials. Pic: BBC/Bad Wolf/HBO

Among the winners on Friday night was Aisling Bea, who picked up the breakthrough talent award for her Channel 4 comedy series This Way Up, which was her writing debut.

BBC series His Dark Materials, which is based on novels by Philip Pullman, picked up two awards.

It won in the special, visual and graphic effects awards and graphic identity categories.

The award for best drama writer went to Jesse Armstrong, the creator of HBO family drama Succession.

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