Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Best and Worst Moments From the BAFTA Awards (Prince William Calls Helen Mirren His "Granny"!)

It was the most bizarre awards show night ever. No, it had nothing to do with what happened at the BAFTAs, but the fact that there was a major awards show and I got to watch it in my PJs, while eating a HOME. That never happens! But since the EE British Academy Film Awards are held in London, I got to do just that (and it was rather quite lovely). Am I sounding British already?
Without further ado, here are the best and worst moments from the British equivalent of the Oscars!
Worst Pre-Show Moment: BBC red-carpet reporter Edith Bowman asked Bradley Cooper if he had worked on an acceptance speech. What is he going to say? "Yes, I've been writing various drafts all day?" It was a cringe-worthy moment for the low-key Cooper, who looked at her curiously. She asked the same of Philomena’s Steve Coogan, who handled the question a little bit better, but here’s a red-carpet lesson: Just don't ask it!
Most Outstanding Use of the TV Screen: Oprah's hair. Just look:

Best Brangelina Mention: BAFTA host Stephen Fry saying, "We hoped to have Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt here tonight. They couldn’t make it, but we got a couple of look-a-likes. They’re good, but they're not fooling anyone.” Angie and Brad seemed to think that was cute (and probably wished he was right to some degree). 

Cutest Moment: Host Fry joking that "Dame Helen Mirren has this year brought her grandson along...His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge." Prince William seemed to like that idea (Sorry, Queen Elizabeth).

Cutest Moment Part II: Prince Phillip, upon presenting the BAFTA fellowship award to Dame Helen Mirren: "The recipient of this year's fellowship is an extremely talented British actress, whom I should probably call, 'Granny.'"

Oddest Moment: Rapper Tinie Tempah showed off his rapping skills in the audience as clips from this year’s movies were shown. Well, that’s one way to liven up a show I suppose.
Best Idea: Bruno Mars' "Treasure&" played as Oprah Winfrey came out to present the BAFTA award for Outstanding British Film to Gravity (by the way, I had no idea that was considered a British film. Did any of you?). Think about how celebrities might actually start dancing if they had hip music actually playing at the Oscars. Emma Thompson would so win that.
Best Reaction: Barkhad Abdi’s surprise (but deserving) win for Captain Phillips (against Bradley Cooper, Daniel Ruhl, Michael Fassbender, and Matt Damon) while co-star Tom Hanks whistled from his seat. "I see you!" he called out to Hanks from the podium. And "I want to thank the other pirates in the film. My friends. We came from nothing, and now we have this." Awesome.

Best Line of the Night: "I was sitting in row G, so I thought that was a sign I wouldn't be getting up here tonight." Cate Blanchett, upon winning Best Actress for Blue Jasmine.
Most Poignant Moment: Cate Blanchett paying tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman in her speech: "I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been a continual profound touchstone for me, a monumental presence who is now so sadly in absence, the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Phil, your monumental talent, your generosity, and your unflinching quest for truth both in art and in life will be missed by not only me, but by so many people, not only in this room and this industry, but by audiences who loved you so dearly. You raised the bar continually so very, very high, and I guess all we can do in your absence is to try and raise it continually through our work. So Phil, buddy, this is for you bastard, I hope you're proud! Thanks."


The Winners List:
Best Film: 12 Years a Slave
Outstanding British Film: Gravity
Animated Film: Frozen
Director: Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Original Screenplay: American Hustle
Adapted Screenplay: Philomena
Leading Actor: Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Leading Actress: Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Supporting Actor: Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Supporting Actress: Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Next up on the Awards Season calendar: The Costume Designers Guild Awards next Saturday night with Amy Adams, Mindy Kaling, Kiernan Shipka, Jonah Hill, and more. And then two weeks from tonight: the Oscars!
Picture Window theme. Theme images by Jason Morrow. Powered by Blogger.