Star Wars: The Force Awakens has picked up a BAFTA win for Best Special Visual Effects at the 69th British Academy Film Awards. The event, held at London's Royal Opera House on 14 February 2016, saw The Force Awakens nominated in several categories.
Also, actor John Boyega, who portrays Finn, secured the EE Rising Star Award which is awarded by public vote. Boyega beat off rivals Taron Egerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Dakota Johnson (Fifty Shades of Grey), Brie Larson (Trainwreck), and Bel Powley (The Diary of a Teenage Girl).
The Force Awakens had been nominated for several other categories, but fell short of victory to the following productions:
- John William's score was nominated for Best Original Music, but lost out to Ennio Morricone soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight.
- The award for Best Sound went to the team behind The Revenant.
- Mad Max: Fury Road picked up the Best Production Design award.
This may serve to predict what may happen at the Oscars later this month, although things don't always work that way.