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'The Revenant' was hit with Cupid's arrow at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 receiving five awards...

'The Revenant' was hit with Cupid's arrow at the EE British Academy Film Awards in 2016 receiving five awards...

Champagne Taittinger and Villa Maria wines from New Zealand, official wine partners to BAFTA, were on hand to help spread the romance on this special Valentine’s evening.

The Revenant received 5 BAFTAs last night at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House, including Best Film, Director, Cinematography, Sound and Leading Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio.  Mad Max: Fury Road also picked up four awards for its return to the big screen: Costume Design, Production Design, Make Up & Hair and Editing.  Brie Larson won the Leading Actress award for her role in Room and Outstanding British Film went to Brooklyn.  Sir Sidney Poitier was awarded the Academy Fellowship, BAFTA's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.

Champagne Taittinger, official Champagne Partner to the British Academy for the 14th year running, once again added extra sparkle to the proceedings, not least through the attendance of Vitalie Taittinger.  Vitalie is the Marketing Director at Champagne Taittinger and daughter of President, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger.    

Special BAFTA labelled Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve NV were produced for the awards. A bottle was also included in the gift bags, given to all nominees and presenters.  Taittinger is one of the few premium Champagne houses to remain owned and actively managed by the named family.  It is proud to support the work of BAFTA to acknowledge and encourage the highest achievements in film and television.

As a recognised icon of the New Zealand Wine Industry and New Zealand’s most awarded winery for more than 30 years, Villa Maria makes a very fitting Wine Partner to the Academy.  Guests at the glamorous awards dinner enjoyed the delicious Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2015, which complimented the beetroot marinated salmon starter and the Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2013, which made a perfect match with the Lamb en croute main course.

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