Posted Feb 14 2016
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LastWord Live Blogs The BAFTAs 2016 - Hit REFRESH For Updates Throughout

Here we are once again gathered at London’s Royal Opera House to see how BAFTA came home to roost this year. As ever, stars are gathered, minor celebrities are waiting for the post parties and here comes Stephen Fry to charm us with his erudite naughtiness. At more or less this same time tomorrow night on BBC prime time, Fry is presenting a programme in which he discusses his attempted suicide in 2012. And here he is tonight blowing kisses to Leonardo DiCaprio. No wonder they call him a polymath!

Fry goes into his monologue with typical aplomb and style…self-deprecating to begin with, and then onto the Valentine’s connection. Sly Spotlight move there. And Matt Damon and his potato love gag. Praises The Revenant – British weather joke followed by “Bare scene with Leonardo DiCaprio.” And then “the Force finally woke up” – cue Boyega – handles “I am your father” gag well. Then it’s all hail Spielberg, at the BAFTAs for the first time in 23 years. Nice polonium gag. Trumbo becomes Trumpo – “Well, it was there.” Fry praises America for syrup on bacon and then goes for the kiss-cam – Stanley Tucci and Cuba Gooding Jr oblige. As do Leo and Maggie Smith. Awesome. Julianne Moore and Bryan Cranston go for it. And it’s Eddie Izzard and Rebel Wilson.

Singles out Matt Damon for future kicking of arse. Then “Look, it’s Maggie Smith” – “if she was any more of a national institution she’d have railings around her.”  

Cue the year's montage, this time forsaking a British music non-entity for a hugely appropriate Heroes from the late Mr Bowie. And "Chewie, we're home."  

As ever, the ceremony per se starts with the award for Outstanding British Film. We think this is going to Brooklyn, but… Anyway, it’s Kate Winslett and Idris Elba to present. Winslett needs her glasses as “I’m so old now.” And the winner is – YES!! Brooklyn – it’s not just that we called it, it’s that it’s the right thing to do. Saoirse takes the stage (hopefully not for the last time tonight.) 

Next up is Special Visual Effects and to present it is Emilia Clarke and Matt Smith (former Terminator Spell Check co-stars of course.) So, is it Star Wars or isn’t it? Of course it is. Losing Martian Matt Damon claps politely – he looks like he’s in for a night of disappointment. 

And we move to the EE Rising Star Award – could the Force also be with this one? Last year’s winner Jack O’Connell is on hand to pass the torch. And he passes it to John Boyega, who knows how to walk that walk – even if it is to Coldplay. Popular win – thanks both God and the public, calls it a fluke. Shares the award with all the young dreamers. Which is nice.

Rebel Wilson is on hand to hand out the Best Supporting Actor gong, gets confused with the Oscars, which "as you know, they are racist." (Same gag she used on Graham Norton the other night.) Has already been practicing her "transgendered face" in case she ever wins a BAFTA. Of Idris Elba she says she's just "sociologically programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day." She storms it. 

And does diversity or Rylance win out? It’s Rylance, but as Rylance is on Broadway at the mo, Spielberg picks it up on his behalf and wishes everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day before reading Rylance’s sincere note.

The “insanely great” Eddie Izzard is here to announce the Inside Out Award, sorry, the Best Animation award. And it goes to – Inside Out. So obvious, so right. Lovely speech from Pete Doctor.

Next up in the shooting gallery is Best Supporting Actress and to present it is  a man Stephen Fry would like to have trapped in his basement, Eddie Redmayne. And the award goes to Kate Winslett who upsets the Alicia Vikander bandwagon but is a deserved winner. Plus she walks on stage to The Maccabees’ great We Grew Up At Midnight. She gushes, but we expected that. And it’s damn fine to see the much ignored Steve Jobs finally getting some love. 

Olga Kurylenko and Riz Ahmed show up next to present Costume Design – so which Sandy Powell does it go to? (Carol or Cinderella) Neither, as it turns out – here’s Mad Max Fury Road making its claim for evening glory. How many more will it land? “Oh what a lovely day” winner Jenny Beavan says. Fry describes her as “a bag lady.” 

Outstanding Brit Debut is presented by Will Poulter and Dakota Johnson, both making underwear gags, and the winners are those folk behind Theeb. We thought it was going Garland’s and they’d take the Not In The English Language gong – could they now be on for a double?

Then Fry introduces the In Memorium section. Wonder who they forgot this year?

Adapted Screenplay is one for Angela Bassett, going solo. This is the one which shows if The Big Short has any traction with the Brits. And it…does. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph trump the hometown likes of Nick Hornby and Emma Donoghue. Is this an indication of how the rest of the evening may go? We’ll see. 

In what continues to be an almost wilfully random order to presentation of awards, Cate Blanchett takes the stage to hand over this year’s Michael Balcon Special Contribution Award to the costume house Angels, which we are reminded is older than film itself. And available for fancy dress hire as well, as anyone who's ever passed their shop on Shaftesbury Avenue will know.

And now back to the proper awards - Original Screenplay this time, with Cuba Gooding Jr here to dish the face. Is Spotlight going to keep the whole rivalry thing going here? Cuba gives Fry a rose and the actual award to Tom McCarthy & Josh Singer (deservedly) for Spotlight. And so it continues…

Film Not In The English Language is presented by an unexpected Carrie Fisher and Star Wars co-star Domhnall Gleeson. Gleeson plays it witty – and together they hand the gong to Wild Tales. Excellent choice – even though we thought it had reached its sell by date due to such a late release in the UK. 

The BAFTA Fellowship is up next and Sidney Poitier is sadly not in the room to accept it, due to ill health. A great showreel though - shame about Noel Clarke’s tribute on the VT who seemed to think this was about “Sir Sidney” being given a knighthood. Jamie Foxx gave it to Poitier via his daughter. on tape.  

And we’re down to the final four – first up, is the David Lean Award for Best Director, with Stanley Tucci doing the honours. Is this where The Revenant starts to make its presence felt? Or have we called it wrong? And the winner is…Alejandro G. Inarritu for The Revenant aka Best. Bear. Rape. Movie, EVER!!! We had a feeling…Inarritu compares the film to the endurance of his marriage, which has its 24th anniversary tomorrow. Stay in your seat Leo, it won’t be long now.

Which leads us to Best Actress, strangely being presented by Sacha Baron Cohen (who yes, has a film out in a couple of weeks – but thankfully doesn’t mention it.) Makes a good gag about diversity, dames and “best white actress” then passes the face into the hands of…come on Saoirse!...but no, it’s Brie Larson. Who is off making Kong: Skull Island in New Zealand, but Lenny Abrahamson is there to pick up on her behalf.

 And then it’s on to the Leo Heritage Award, sorry, we meant Best Actor, which quite rightfully goes to Leo – even though he should have won it for Wolf of Wall Street a couple of years back. A laryngitis-heavy Julianne Moore (sexy!) hands him the face and Leo takes the opportunity to give a heartfelt, touching speech that thanks his mum, who happens to have her birthday today on Valentine’s Days. Bless!

 Leo, you may as well just stay there…It’s Best Picture now, and an unannounced Tom Cruise shows up to do the honours. (Sneaky.) And, as we here at lastWord called it many, many moons ago – the big one goes to The Revenant. (Damon does not have his happy-for-the-camera face on.) Inarritu is celebrating another anniversary – 24 years of marriage and 2 years of his dad’s death. He then asks for “a joke, a dance” but gets his producers chiming in instead.

 Stephen Fry then quotes Woody Allen, makes a lovely comment on how “film endures where we don’t” and goes off to party.

 And some of the ones we missed –

Make-Up and Hair – Mad Max Fury Road (like we said)

Best Editing – Mad Max Fury Road (like we said again)

Best Production Design – Mad Max Fury Road (like we said yet again)

Best Sound – The Revenant (like we didn’t say)

Best Cinematography – Emmanuel Lubezki – getting his triple (back to the whole told you so thing again)

Best Doc – Amy (and again)

Original Music – Ennio Morricone – The Hateful Eight – who was conducting a concert in Dublin at the time (it’s got old now hasn’t it?)

 

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