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A weekend of triumph and tragedy in the film industry


A weekend of triumph and tragedy in the film industry

‘The Power of the Dog’ and ‘Dune’ came out tops at the Baftas on Sunday, the same day actor William Hurt died

Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Nathan Layne

Dark western The Power of the Dog scooped the top two honours at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) awards on Sunday, winning best film and director for Jane Campion, while sci-fi epic Dune picked up the most prizes.

However, it was also a sad day in the film industry, with Oscar-winning US actor William Hurt dying a week before his 72nd birthday, according to Deadline. The actor disclosed in 2018 that he had been diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer which had spread to the bone.

Hurt, who studied at the prestigious Juilliard School in New York City, emerged as one of the most celebrated leading men of the 1980s, earning three best actor Academy Award nominations — for his roles in 1985’s Kiss of the Spider Woman, 1986’s Children of a Lesser God and 1987’s Broadcast News...

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