Posted Oct 28 2015
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Lastword Live-Blogs The BAFTAs 2015 - Press REFRESH For Constant Updates

Here we are at the Royal Opera House, chock full o' stars as it is. Everyone's still guessing - except Eddie Redmayne and JK. (Redmayne is trying not to look like some cat in some cream-already-got scenario.) Earlier in the week we sided with Boyhood - but still wouldn't be surprised to see Birdman go big. Even though last night's DGA win for Alejandro was too late to influence tonight's vote, it's still could be pretty indicative of how voting might be going.

Enough debate. Here comes the recently betrothed Stephen Fry...oh no, hang on, Kasabian are here to accompany a monatge. As ever with the music choices at BAFTA - great big WHY??

That underwhelming start over, now here's Mr Fry to wow us with his witticisms. There will be the subtlest of smut...He walks through the assembled throng...lots of water references..."simply pissing down with stars"...nice wedding gag with him & Clooney...snubs Hawking, but in a nice way...Sherlock Bandicoot apparently translates as "Red Hot Public School Totty"...has he just made a gag about Tom Cruise, who is rumoured to be here tonight?...Just got Patricia Arquette mixed up with her sister Rosanna - big whoops!...Just got Keaton and Noton to kiss him...followed by lame Paddington joke...Rosamund Pike is "arse wash"...

Starting as ever with Outstanding British Film - presented by David Beckham - and the first major gong of the night goes to (come on Paddngton) - oh no, The Theory of Everything - possibly the weakest of the bunch, but at least Eddie can remove any doubt now. Marmalade sandwiches on hold...Eric Fellner makes predictably dull speech...

On to Special Visual Effects and the Hawking Love Fest continues with the man himself presenting alongside Felicity Jones. We predicted Apes but our loosing streak continues with the award going to Interstellar. Can't complain about that too much...No sign of Nolan though...

Next it's Best Supporting Actor and Reese Witherspoon takes the stage to give the face to J K Simmons. Come on, we all know it - why are they even bothering to show the clips? (Ethan Hawke gets a big cheer though - good sign for Boyhood.)...And J K takes the stage...damn right!...Steve Carell remembers how to smile at the last moment...

Next the Michael Balcon award for Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema with Julie Walters and Ralph Fiennes doing the honours...Ralph wants Fry for his lobby boy - gets a big laugh...and the recipient is BBC Films. Hugely impressive bunch of clips follow. Ralph enthusiastically thanks the woman who funded his Coriolanus as she takes the stage...

So now it's time for another biggie - Best Supporting Actress. And it's that guy from Selma - welcome David Oyel... oh no, hang on it's Cuba Gooding Jr, who goes for the interracial homosexual kiss by smacking Mr Fry bang on the lips. Let's see if he gives the award to Rosanna Arquette? No, he gets it right, and they get it right (even we got it right!) it's Patricia Arquette, a popular win. Impassioned words for Linklater - let's hope he takes it home!

Which brings us to Cinematogrpahy - and we have Gugo Mbatha-Raw and Martin Freeman as the dream team presenting...(Now we did say if Emmanuel Lubezki didn't win this we'd burn our BAFTA membership card etc. or have a stiff drink...let's see how that works out for us...) Card is safe - but we're going to have that drink anyway. Thoroughly deserved - couldn't have gone another way. Michael Keaton reads Chivo's acceptance speech...

Stephen Fry makes a bunch of Thor jokes before he introduces Tom Hiddleston and Mark Strong to present the Carl Foreman award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director, which goes to Stephen Beresford and David Livingstone - quite dessrvedly - as writer and producer respectively of the great Pride...Great speech by Beresford, funny and passionate...

Time out for an appreciation of Lord "Dickie" Attenborough - with a message from Academy President - and future King! - Prince William. Followed by Robert Downey Jr - on tape sadly, not in the flesh. He intones Chaplin's Smile though, which accompanies a great collection of clips from Dickie's films. (Still can't forgive Gandhi beating ET though, even after all these years. Ssshh! - Not in the spirit of things!)

Original Screenplay gets things back on track - to be presented by "the bloody wonderful Julianne Moore" as Fry likes to call her. "I'm hungry" Moore says, clearly didn't realise the food comes after the event. We think this is Wes Anderson's moment...and damn but we're right. Sadly Wes isn't there - probably went to the DGAs last night instead...Fiennes reads a very funny letter from Anderson, making fun of his failure to win the DGA. 

Fry does a wookie impression to introduce Star Wars' John Boyega and Star Trek's Alice Eve here to present Film Not In The English Language, and Ida trumps the presumed favourites Leviathan and Two Days, One Night. Pawel Powlikowski makes a good gag about how he's previously won a BAFTA for best newcomer, best British film and now this - so they should just give him a global lifetime achivement award...

Noomi Raoace and Jesse Eisenberg walk out to hand over the award for Best Adapted Screenplay, which they promtly hand over to - oh no - BAFTA has fallen for The Theory of Everything. Once again, rewarding an overblown TV movie...not happy...

One sad moment is followed by another - the In Memorium part of the show...

James McAvoy, the first ever winner of the EE Rising Star Award (as voted by the public) is here to usher in the next winner. Woodley or O'Connell?? And it's Skins over Tweens as Jack O'Connell wins. Happy again..."So lacking in confidence" as Fry notes...

Steve Carell is here to give Best Director - and here's where we find out if the Boy is going to beat the Bird. Unless they go cracy and give it to the Hawking TV movie again...YES! It's Linklater - sadly absent (damn that DGA!) but Ethan Hawke is here to sing the man's praises. Lovely speech, dedicated to the kids...Can the big one be far away??

Best Actor now and Michael Keaton is about to be robbed blind by Eddie Redmayne. Still, we have Kristen Scott Thomas to soften the blow and to be fair to the man, Eddie does make charming acceptances speeches. No surprises here! Eddie takes the stage, says "Gosh!" Thanks the Hawking family - again, no surprises here, there or anywhere...

Speaking of surprises though - we weren't expecting Captain America and Superman to turn up for Best Actress - but here's a bearded Chris Evans and a bearded Henry Cavill to present the face to Julianne Moore. Really BAFTA?? - here was amoment when you really shouldn't have played the Hollywood star-fucking card and given it to Pike or Jones. Moore's very good in it, but Still Alice is still a very average film...

Best Film and, hey we knew about this - but Fry acts surprised when he introduces "Tom Fucking Cruise" to hand over the award to Boyhood (well, we hope so. But would still be happy with Birdman...hurry up the bloody clips...) and Tom hands it to...BOYHOOD!!! YYYYEEEESSSS - and they play them on with The Flaming Lips' Do You Realize? Moment of the night! (and not just because we called it.) In the absence of Rick, Ellar Coltrane is heartfelt and so sweet he makes David Beckham smile.

Well it's all over bar the shouting and let's hope Mike Leigh has a bit of moaning to do given the perceived snubbing of his Mr Turner this year, as Imelda Staunton and Sally Hawkins hand him this year's BAFTA Fellowship...Oh no, not going to be rude...happy with four noninations...supports the democratic process of BAFTA...sings the praises of completely independent cinema...singles out Boyhood as being of that ilk, and is genuinely humble. Ended by telling the people who never backed him over the years to "Rot in hell!" And the crowd go wild!

 

Other awards handed out earlier in the ceremony saw Leigh's Mr Tutner completely shut out and The Grand Budapest Hotel becoming the biggest winner of the night, adding another four to Anderson's Original Screenplay with Make Up & Hair, Production Design, Cotume and Alexander Desplat's score winning Best Music.

Whiplash also turned out to be a big winner with Editing and Sound joining JK Simmons in the winners' circle.

As predicted CitizenFour picked up best Doc and The Lego Movie righted the Oscar wrong and went away with Best Animated Film.

Booglaoo & Graham was named Best British Short, and The Bigger Picture took home Best British Animated Short.

So, until next year...

 

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