Sir Kenneth Branagh and Riz Ahmed were the biggest winners at the 2022 Oscars, on a night in which British talent missed out on the biggest awards but enjoyed strong performances in the technical categories.
Sir Kenneth has garnered eight Oscar nominations in four decades of acting, writing and directing, spanning seven different award categories, a record in itself, but until this year he had always walked away empty-handed.
His award for best original screenplay, for the film Belfast, comes 40 years after he made his screen acting debut on BBC television in 1982.
The Oscar for best short film went to The Long Goodbye, an 11-minute feature film that was released alongside the self-titled album by British actor and musician Riz Ahmed.
Ahmed stars in the film and also co-wrote the screenplay, which is set in the near future and depicts a South Asian family in London terrorized by an all-white militia.
The success of The Long Goodbye comes just a year after Ahmed was nominated for an Oscar in his own right for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the hearing-impaired drummer in Sound Of Metal, although he lost to Sir Anthony Hopkins on that occasion. .
The British talent failed to win any of the “big four” acting awards this year, but did pick up a string of wins in the technical categories.
Joe Walker won the Oscar for Best Editing for the sci-fi epic Dune.
It’s the third time lucky for Walker, who began his career at the BBC and was nominated for best editing in 2014 (for his work on 12 Years a Slave) and 2017 (Arrival), but was left out both times.
Composer and music producer Theo Green was among the winners for best sound, again for the film Dune.
It comes four years after Green received his first Oscar nomination, for Blade Runner 2049.
Jenny Beavan picked up the Oscar for best costume design, for the film Cruella, the third time she has won this award in her career.
The first time was 35 years ago, in 1987, for his work with John Bright in the film A Room With A View.
He won again in 2016 for Mad Max: Fury Road.
Paul Lambert and Tristan Myles were part of the team to collect the award for best visual effects, for the film Dune.
Lambert now has a hat-trick of Oscars, having previously won for visual effects in 2018 for Blade Runner 2049 and in 2019 for First Man, while Myles now has his second, having won alongside Lambert for First Man.
Overall, the British talent bagged six Oscars, down slightly from last year’s total of eight.