Posted Feb 16 2014
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Lastword Live-Blogs the BAFTAS - Press REFRESH For Constant Updates

And here we go...

Stephen Fry is once again kicking things off. No doubt he'll be very witty, or at least deliver lots of long winded sentences that undoubtedky seem witty. He may even say "bottom" either in homage to Despicable Me 2 or simply becasue he likes to say it...Leo gets the trad kiss blown to camera...Christian Bale's pot belly is missing and commented on...Prince William gets a shout out...

...and then it's into Tinie Tempah & Laura Mvula - why? Probably becasue they've seen some movies, even of they haven't been in them. Still they're British, they'recurrent (if a tad random) and break up the Fry monologue...

...start with a biggie - in every sense - Oprah presents Outstanding British Film. (Still not sure why Saving Mr Banks is a British film.) And the first BAFTA goes to - Gravity. (Ah. so does that mean the vote is split - Gravity gets Best British, whilst 12 Years gets Best Picture? Or will Gravity do the double??) Heyman and Alfonso seem very happy...

...Gillian Anderson and David Oyeloyo do Best Animated and it's absolutely no surprise to see it go to Frozen - one of the evening's certs (alsonside Alfonso and Blanchett)...

...American Hustle has just been momtaged as one of the big 5 - no chance!...

...The Carl Foreman award for outstanding British debut (i.e. the one nobody's really heard of) is being handed out by Steve Coogan - makes bad elevator joke - gives gong to Kieran Evans (No?) director of Kelly & Victor (no? nothing?). He "definitely wasn't expecting this", which is odd given he was nominated and had a one in five chance...

...back to the biggies and "stinking offal" Emma Thompson is announcing Best Supporting Actor. And taking the podium is Barkhad Abdi. Fassbender looks "pleased" for him. Abdi has clearly learned a thing or two about making bland acceptance speeches in awards season...

...Hanks, the missus and Greengrass look very happy for him though which leads nicely into the clip real for Big 5 number 2, or Saving Mr Hanks as Fry would have it. (A joke that gets a far bigger laugh than it deserves.)...

...Helen McCrory & Ray Winstone are on hand to celebrate the cinematographer. Can it really be anyone but Gravity...Nope. Bloody well deserved...

...Leo is now here to hand over Best Supporting Actress. Did we call this one correctly? No we did not. Big time! Jennifer Bloody Lawrence. Realy didn't see that one coming. I guess the Brits just like her, they really like her..And 12 Years is now having a really quiet night...

...Cue Philomena (now notably not the outstanding British film). Good phone hacking gag from Fry though...

A pause for one of those outstanding contribution thingies, presented by Juliet Stevenson to the lately mising in action Peter Greenaway (thought he was dead! Or as good as)...

...Original Screenplay is in the capable delivery of Stanley Tucci - (Woody still getting applause - good to see in the current climate)...and Tucci announces American Hustle. As expcted/predicted. Fair enough...

...12 Years gets its Big 5 montage to be followed by Amy Adams reading out the noms for Best Adapted Screenplay. We think this is going Coogan's way...are we right?...and the winner is...YES WE ARE!! Philomena. So much better than that Alan Partridge mess...Even though they left Amy Adams to walk off stage by herself...

...Fry is keeping up the grammar gags...

The Swedish flatpacked Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne are the young turks now about to hand out the award for upcoming young turk (or EE - don't forget to mention the sponsors - Rising Star Award) And the big name of tomorrow today is the well deserving Will Poulter. (Lupita now looking like a young woman who's lost out twice - and the losing streak for 12 Years goes on...)

...it's the dead people compilation. Cue Phillip Seymour Hoffman. And many others. Very sad (especially a friend of the site whom we hadn't heard about. Very unpleasant.)

...already a winner, Gravity is next up in the big 5. How much further can it go?..

...Here comes the start of the  biggest of the biggies as Uma Thrman takes the stage to present he Best Actor. Could this be where things turn around a bit for 12 Years?? Audience applause is suggesting Leo...but it's Chewy. Well deserved and finally some love for the movie...

...and so we move to Best Director being presented by MIchael Sheen and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Will Alfonso be taking the stage again? Well of course he will - to the strains of Bowie's Starman - what else? Thanking the "downstairs" techie folk...

Swiftly moving along to Best Actress it's time for Tom Hardy to announce Cate Blanchett. Come on, we know it, you know it. Get it over with. (Would've been a great told-you-so moment had it not been for the fact that everyone knew back in late August.) Blanchett dedicated the award to Phillip Seymour - nice. But not a word for Woddy. Not sure we like that last bit...

...Christoph Waltz is now on to finally announce the Is It Gravity Or Is It 12 Years? Award. And the Best Film is 12 Years A Slave. Like we said it would be. Well done them...

And the final award of the year is the BAFTA Fellowship which we predicted ages ago (after it was announced in the press) would go to Prince William's former "granny" Helen MIrren. The Prince himself was on board with Jeremy Irons to present.  

 

Several awards were presented earlier in the evening and not broadcast. On the plus side, we predicted seven out of nine of them correctly (which isn't bad) going off-book on Editing which went to Rush and Costume Design which The Great Gatsby picked up. Gatsy also won for Production Design, The Great Beauty was named Best Film Not in the English Language, The Act of Killing was named Best Doc, whilst the comb-overs won out in Hair and Make-Up.

And, fnally, quite rgithly, Gravity did the triple - Best Music (deeply pleased for Steven Price), Sound and VFX - how could it not?

 

 

 

 

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