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Sam Mendes and George MacKay- Winner's Acceptance Speech, Best Film, EE British Academy Film Awards in 2020

2 February 2020

Winner's acceptance speech by Sam Mendes and George MacKay for 1917 in the Best Film category

SAM MENDES:  Thank you.  Thank you, BAFTA, for giving us a really wonderful night.  Thank you very, very much, and thank you for all the people who have gone to see this movie in the cinemas.  It's still on.

Thank you to the crew up there in the gods.  Thank you.  Thank you to Amblin, Jeb Brody, Terry Press, Universal, Donna Langley, New Republic, and all the team at Neal Street, and all those people at eOne who helped release this movie.  Thank you for your support.

You have heard enough from me.  I want to introduce someone else to make a speech for a change, and the person we built this movie around, the extraordinary George MacKay.

GEORGE MACKAY:  Thank you.  Thank you very much, and thank you, Sam.  It's a really wonderful feeling, you know, that sense of alignment, and that's what we were going for every day with this film.  There was never a lead element in terms of any department or anything other than the story and the shot that we were trying to get.

So we would like to share this with every single member of the crew and the team who gave their time and themselves to the project, and the whole process and the film itself is a lesson in the goodness that can come in going for something that's bigger than yourself, so working together within that.  So thank you very much.  Cheers.