So the big news from last night’s Baftas is that comeback kid Ben Affleck (above) and his Iran hostage thriller ‘Argo’ are looking bang on target for Oscars glory after picking up Best Picture and Best Director (a category Affleck is not nominated for in the Oscars). Daniel Day-Lewis surprised no one by winning Best Actor, but bravo Bafta for giving Best Actress to Amour’s Emmanuelle Riva. And we’re delighted to see ‘Skyfall’ pick up an award that didn’t involve Adele with Outstanding British Film.
That’s the big categories out of the way, here’s our take on the night…
Not much to report this year. No Gwynnie gushing, no Winslet waterworks. So the award goes to… Bradley Cooper. He didn’t win Best Actor for ‘Silver Linings Playbook’, but welled up manfully when director David O Russell picked up Best Adapted Screenplay.
Best seat in the house
Anywhere near Ben Affleck and George Clooney (who produced ‘Argo’) and the gang. Maybe it was the facial hair or the gum chewing. But these guys looked like pure-bred winners. Affleck was so cool he nearly left the stage without his Best Picture gong.
Best red carpet
Helen Mirren’s hair. Who else could bring Dalston pink rinse cool to the Royal Opera House? Loved Sarah Jessica Parker’s Ellie Saab jumpsuit, but she loses points for that lame Best Actor presentation. No love, this isn’t Hollywood. We like some smarts with the saccharine.
Daniel Day-Lewis for taking the mickey out of himself – and not in a fake-humble Hollywood way either. Second prize to Ben Affleck for that ‘second act’ line. Nil points to Anne Hathaway. Yes, yes, she did funny and smart, but it all came over a tad ruthless. Did anyone really believe that hand-clapped-over-her-mouth in surprise face?
Outstanding award for host with the most…
Stephen Fry quoted Latin, made a dirty gag about lubes and joked about a having a dance with hot-to-trot young actor Jeremy Irvine. Best of all he was totally passionate about the movies. Someone put this man on a job for life contract.
In the end the gong went to Christoph Waltz for ‘Django Unchained’, but Best Supporting Actor was stuffed full of award-worthy performances: Javier Bardem in ‘Skyfall’, Alan Arkin in ‘Argo’, Philip Seymour Hoffman’s cult leader, Tommy Lee Jones in ‘Lincoln’. All expect Bardem are up for the Oscar next week.
Most unfortunate bout of food poisoning…
Poor Eddie Redmayne. The ‘Les Mis’ actor was supposed to present the Best Original Screenplay with Sally Field but she came out on stage solo, helpfully explaining that he was ‘puking his guts up’. He was then the butt of an Anne Hathaway joke. Possibly more distressed than Redmayne is the fashion house that loaned him a tux for the night.
Read more about the Bafta winners 2013.