BAFTA Film Awards: The Talking Points

2016 BAFTA Awards.

So another year another BAFTA awards ceremony. Last night the darlings of the UK TV and Film industry turned out for the most important meet up of the year to decide who should get that golden face. As always there was a bit of controversy, the unexpected win, the good old fashioned snub and that speech that made everyone stand up.

This is what went down at the 69th BAFTA Film awards.

The awards: Winners and Losers.

The outright winner of the night was the Revenant which took most of the major awards including Best Picture, Best Director for Alejandro G. Inarritu and Best Actor for Leonardo DiCaprio, his first BAFTA win and his third nomination. In his speech DiCaprio paid tribute to British stars that have influenced him over the years including actor Peter O Toole, most famous for playing lead in Lawrence of Arabia. Leo even had time to wish his mother a very happy birthday. The Revenant also took awards for Cinematography and Sound.

Mad Max: Fury Road took four wins, mainly in the craft awards. These included Costume Design, Make Up/Hair and Production Design. Margret Sixel also took Best Editing.

The biggest loser of the night was Carol. Having racked up the most nominations left the Royal Albert Hall without a single win.

The EE rising star award, the only award voted for by the public went to The Force Awakens star John Boyega.

For a full list of the nights award winners please click here.

‘Bag Lady’

Controversy developed around long time host Stephen Fry. Mr Fry who has hosted the event since 2001 was on the receiving end of a Twitter backlash after expressing a remark about Costume Designer award winner Jenny Beavan on stage about how she could design all these fantastic costumes but saying she was dressed like a ‘bag lady’.

Mr Fry later defended himself from comments online by showing his friendship with Jenny Beavan and claiming he did not mean any malice by it. However this is not how many Twitter users saw it, rather seeing it as misogynist and demanded that Fry apologise for his remarks. By Monday morning he had appeared to have removed himself from the social media site. Perhaps private jokes should have remained private.

But the Twitter-sphere wasn’t all negative. Rebel Wilson was also trending on Twitter because of her introduction speech about the Oscars diversity row.

‘fat girl parts’

An emotional part of the night belonged to Kate Winslet, who whilst talking to the press after accepting her Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the Danny Boyle biopic Jobs talked about an incident in which a dram school teacher told her that she was only suited for ‘fat girl parts’ in Hollywood.

She said in her speech that she was an ‘incredible year’ to be nominated and was ‘proud’ to be nominated alongside her fellow nominees.







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