Once again the British Academy scheduled their awards on the same night as the Grammys, so sorry you won’t get a crazy fashion countdown from me. But, there was a lovely, very British, awards night that I enjoyed last night. But, BBC America – why did you start the rebroadcast at 9 this year instead of 8?!?! I need to sleep. And all you were showing before the show was The Godfather, for the 3rd time that day!
OK, rant over, Joanna Lumley’s opening was uncomfortable and the crowd was silent, which was not a great way to start the night, but the first few awards of the night going to the supremely British The Favourite, got us back on track. Regina was somehow not nominated for Best Supporting Actress, but since she wasn’t nominated, I’ll take a win for Rachel:
EE Rising Star speeches are usually bombastic affairs, but Leticia Wright went much more humble, and religious with hers, but I liked her humility:
And really appreciated Andy Serkis and Danai Gurira’s celebration for her later in the show. (Which I can’t find a clip of right now, but trust me it was cute. There was a dance.)
I would have given Best Adapted Screenplay to Barry Jenkins for Beale Street but I like to see Spike Lee win things. And also, liked to see that the good Brits in the Royal Albert Hall didn’t know what to do with the Brooklyn shout out at the end:
Also, I’m pretty sure he photobombed the Duke of Cambridge, which I love.
Bradley Cooper finally got to give a speech! And yes, it was partly, because Gaga was at the Grammy’s, but whatever:
(Sorry this is such bas quality, BAFTA was weirdly selective about what categories they uploaded.)
Mahersehla Ali is a lovely human, but he is holding Richard E. Grant’s award:
Roma won a lot of awards, which meant Alfonso got to give a lot of speeches. My favorite speech was his first for Cinematography, but there is no clip of that on YouTube so here’s his producer being great:
Rami gives a good speech:
Also please note at the beginning of this video 2 things:
1. He and Lucy Boynton are the cutest couple in Hollywood right now.
2. Spike Lee is so pumped for him!
I still haven’t seen The Wife but I was pulling for Gwen, but Olivia Colman was the most delightful winner of the evening:
One of the things I really love about the BAFTAs is the way their Lifetime Achievement Award (“The Fellowship”) is awarded more broadly than to just actors and famous directors. Like, last night they gave it to Scorsese’s editor Thelma Schoonemaker, who is a legend, and it was very cool to see her honored:
(This is a shortened version of her speech. She told a cool story about editing Cate Blanchett in The Aviator but the BAFTA social media team is strange and cut it.)
Best Picture went to Roma which I guess makes it the Oscar front runner, as much as we have one this year, which is great!
It was a relatively hum-drum fashion night (all the fun designers were focused on the Grammy’s I bet), but here were my favorites:
Regina King in Versace (Photo Credit: Anthony Harvey/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock)
Michelle Yeoh in Elie Saab (Photo Credit: David Fisher/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock)
Olivia Colman in Emilia Wickstead (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge in Alexander McQueen with Prince William, Duke of Cambridge (Photo Credit: Getty/Samir Hussein)
Elizabeth Debicki in Armani Privé (Photo Credit: Getty)
Also – she didn’t attend the main show, because she and her boyfriend (and star of like 4 awards season movies) Joe Alwyn don’t walk carpets together, but this picture on her Instagram is too pretty not to share:
Taylor Swift in Stella McCartney (Photo Credit: Instagram)