Last night London’s Royal Albert Hall played host to Film and TV’s greats for the 70th The British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Stephen Fry played host for the 12th time at the ceremony, strolling onto the red carpet looking rather dapper he set the tone for the evening.
Stephen Fry opened the show with a few jokes, notably a comment on Emily Blunt’s role in The Girl on the Train stating British people had enjoyed it “particularly commuters in southern England who have never seen a moving train”.
I, Daniel Blake won the first award of the evening for Outstanding British film, beating American Honey, Denial, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Notes on Blindness and Under the Shadow.
Viola Davies presented the EE Rising Star award to Tom Holland, before going on to win her own award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Fences, in her speech she make comments on fellow actress Meryl Streep and her comments at the Golden Globes, calling her “the most honourable, the most accessible human being you could want to meet.”
Meryl Streep didn’t get on the stage this year, she was nominated for Leading Actress alongside Amy Adams, Emily Blunt and Natalie Portman. All who lost to Emma Stone for her role in La La Land, giving the film 4 wins overall.
In her acceptance speech she made a few comments to the current political situation in Britian and the US saying:
“I don’t know if you’ve realised this but right now this country and the U.S. and the world seems to be going through a bit of a time. Just a bit.” she continued saying “in a time that’s so divise I think it’s so special we were able to come together tonight thanks to BAFTA, to celebrate the positive gift of creativity and how it can transcend borders and how it can help people to feel a little less alone. ”
La La Land won the last voted award of the night for Best Film, beating Arrival, I, Daniel Blake, Manchester by the Sea and Moonlight.
However, Royalty graced the stage to award Mel Brooks the BAFTA Fellowship award. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge is the president of BAFTA and before presenting the award joked “BAFTA have sadly run out of actors, so I’ve been roped in”.
Brooks closed the ceremony saying he thought it was “mighty nice of you, mighty nice” to choose an American. Stating he doesn’t consider the UK to be a separate country to the US, but a “vast Brooklyn that just speaks better”.
Words: Amy Jo Taylor