Yorgos Lanthimos’ ‘Poor Things’, the film adaptation of Alasdair Gray’s 1992 novel, emerged as a major winner at the recent British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held on Sunday, February 18.

The annual event, which honours the best British and international contributions to film, saw the movie clinch five prestigious BAFTA awards, solidifying its status as a cinematic triumph.

One of the evening’s highlights was Hollywood actress Emma Stone’s win for Best Leading Actress.

Stone’s portrayal of the main character, Bell Baxter, captivated audiences and critics alike, earning her accolades for her compelling performance. In her acceptance speech, Stone expressed her gratitude to director Yorgos Lanthimos for their friendship and the opportunity to bring Bella Baxter to life on screen.

“Yorgo, thank you for our friendship and the gift of Bella [Baxter]. I am so thankful for her, and for you, always,” Stone said.

Stone took a moment during her acceptance speech to acknowledge her dialect coach and her mother, whom she described as “the best person in the world,” crediting her for everything in her life, including her career.

In addition to Stone’s award, ‘Poor Things’ was also recognised for its exceptional Production Design, Costume Design, Makeup and Hair, and Special Visual Effects.

Following its success at the BAFTA Awards, ‘Poor Things’ has received 11 nominations for the upcoming Academy Awards. Tied with ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ for the second most-nominated picture of the year, ‘Poor Things’ is poised to make a significant impact at the Oscars.