My Night at the Baftas 

Began for me with a disappointment. The terrorist attack in Streatham meant our two-hour red carpet live show was cancelled with 30 mins to go in favour of rolling coverage of the ‘real’ news.

Of course I can understand the BBC News Channel’s decision. You don’t want lots of celebs and film gush, I guess, when there’s serious stuff happening just down the road.

But it means we were, to use a technical term, ‘biffed’. The shame for me was that we had loads to talk about this year, with the diversity controversy and the lack of female directors, to name but two newsy headlines.

So it was left to the ceremony itself to take centre stage and of course, that’s good – if the ceremony has got something to remark upon.

I was looking forward to Graham Norton hosting it and he did a decent job overall, smooth and charming if not particularly hilarious. There was a nicely delivered joke about him actually enjoying Cats, and a gag about Scorsese’s wish that people don’t watch The Irishman on a phone – because whose battery lasts that long?

The early indications was a big night for 1917, carrying off Outstanding British film, then sound, production design and, of course, Roger Deakins’ cinematography.

Parasite also performed the rare feat for a foreign language film of carrying off Original Screenplay and Foreign Language film, which nobody can deny, although I’m a massive fan of Pain & Glory and Portrait of a Lady on Fire and I love them more than Parasite which, I admit, is nevertheless perfect.

Mark Jenkin Jason Solomons

Myself and Jane Hill with Mark Jenkin winner of Outstanding British Debut for the amazing film Bait

There was a lovely British heart to the ceremony when Mark Jenkins’ Bait won Outstanding Debut – what a gloriously eccentric and powerful film it is, in black and white and set in a Cornish fishing village – and then the Outstanding Contribution award to Andy Serkis for his pioneering work in motion capture.

Still, there was big disappointment when Brad Pitt didn’t show up to accept his Supporting Actor win for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. “I’m disappointed too,” said Scarlett Johansson who was presenting.

Brad’s speech was read out by Margot Robbie accepting, and contained the two best gags of the night. “Hey Britiain,” it began, “I hear you just became single – welcome to the club. Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement.”

Margot finished by saying Brad was going to name this BAFTA trophy Harry: “because he’s excited about bringing it back to the States with him..” The audience oohed and the TV director cut to face of Prince William. I hope they keep that in the broadcast.

The BAFTA mask got another big laugh when Rebel Wilson, introducing the Best Director, lifted it up to her face and said: “Hey, what a great way to stop yourself from getting the Coronavirus…”

She also read out the all-male nominees and said: “I couldn’t do what you guys do. I couldn’t. I just don’t have the balls…” It got the biggest laugh/cheer of the night.

Throughout, however, Quentin Tarantino looked pissed off he’d bothered coming at all. He was sat quite far back, behind the kid from Jojo Rabbit, as 1917 dominated, slowly amassing quite the haul. Seven with the big one still to come…

We loved seeing the little baby Sama, from For Sama, up on the stage when her mother won for Best Documentary. It made for quite a sweet ceremony despite the fears of representation – more of those were allayed when Daniel Kaluuya presented the Rising Star to Michael Ward from Blue Story, whose mother was in big tears. Michael gave a great speech…

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1917

It was a great night for 1917, as I knew it would be. And as I believe it should be. I like the film and it’s a future classic, maybe not an instant one.

Doing the double isn’t easy, winning both Best British and Best Film (the division does look a little odd when one film takes both titles) but I can’t say it doesn’t deserve it.

There was time for the diversity issue to get serious on stage, when both Joaquin Phoenix mentioned that “he was part of the problem” and when Prince William pledged the organisation of which he was President would certainly be revising their procedure to ensure they do something about it.

2019 NOMINATIONS AND WINNERS

(presented in 2020)

FELLOWSHIP

KATHLEEN KENNEDY

 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA

ANDY SERKIS

 

BEST FILM

1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren

THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff 

JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Bong Joon Ho, Kwak Sin Ae

 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall

SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty

THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten

 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)

MAIDEN Alex Holmes (Director)

ONLY YOU Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)

RETABLO Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*

 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia

FOR SAMA Waad al-KateabEdward Watts

PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar

PARASITE Bong Joon Ho

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur

 

DOCUMENTARY

AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller

DIEGO MARADONA Asif Kapadia, James Gay-Rees, Paul Martin

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

 

ANIMATED FILM

FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho 

KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley

TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen

 

DIRECTOR

1917 Sam Mendes

THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese

JOKER Todd Phillips

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Bong Joon Ho

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BOOKSMART Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

KNIVES OUT Rian Johnson

MARRIAGE STORY Noah Baumbach

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho

 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian

JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi

JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig

THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten

 

LEADING ACTRESS

JESSIE BUCKLEY Wild Rose

SCARLETT JOHANSSON Marriage Story

SAOIRSE RONAN Little Women

CHARLIZE THERON Bombshell

RENÉE ZELLWEGER Judy

 

LEADING ACTOR

LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story

TARON EGERTON Rocketman

JOAQUIN PHOENIX Joker

JONATHAN PRYCE The Two Popes

 

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

LAURA DERN Marriage Story

SCARLETT JOHANSSON Jojo Rabbit

FLORENCE PUGH Little Women

MARGOT ROBBIE Bombshell

MARGOT ROBBIE Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR

TOM HANKS A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

ANTHONY HOPKINS The Two Popes

AL PACINO The Irishman

JOE PESCI The Irishman

BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

ORIGINAL SCORE 

1917 Thomas Newman

JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino

JOKER Hildur Guðnadóttir

LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams

 

CASTING

JOKER Shayna Markowitz

MARRIAGE STORY Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Victoria Thomas

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD Sarah Crowe

THE TWO POPES Javier Braier, Barbara Giordani, Nina Gold, Francesco Vedovati, Gabriel Villegas

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

1917 Roger Deakins

THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto

JOKER Lawrence Sher

LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael

THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke

 

EDITING

THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker

JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles

JOKER Jeff Groth

LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Fred Raskin

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN

1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales

THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves

JOJO RABBIT Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková

JOKER Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

 

COSTUME DESIGN

THE IRISHMAN Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell 

JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo

JUDY Jany Temime

LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Arianne Phillips

 

MAKE UP & HAIR

1917 Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis

BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan 

JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann 

JUDY Jeremy Woodhead

ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Barrie Gower, Tapio Salmi

 

SOUND

1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson 

JOKER Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic

LE MANS ’66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester 

ROCKETMAN Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood 

 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Matt Aitken, Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick

THE IRISHMAN Ivan Busquets, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman

THE LION KING Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez 

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy

 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 

GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC Maryam Mohajer

IN HER BOOTS Kathrin Steinbacher

THE MAGIC BOAT Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel

 

BRITISH SHORT FILM 

AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring

GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill

KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva

THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald

 

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public) 

AWKWAFINA

KAITLYN DEVER

KELVIN HARRISON JR.

JACK LOWDEN

MICHEAL WARD