The Orange British Academy Film Awards, which will be awarded to the best of cinema of 2011, by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts a.k.a. BAFTA, is going to be held on Sunday, 12th of Feb 2012. The ceremony begins at 9pm London Time. The big names of Hollywood and British cinema, will all be under one roof – The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London. And we will be live blogging the event. So, do join us in a few hours for all the BAFTA action, as it happens.
It is almost 9 pm here in London, and we are going live with this live blog of BAFTA 2012.
The show has started. Flashing images from the Red Carpet. Jean Dujardin tap-dancing, and George Clooney welcomes us to the BAFTAs. John Hurt goes “Proud to be in London tonight”. Bless him! Jonah Hill looks excited for Moneyball, and I have my fingers crossed for Octavia Spencer. And we are inside the Royal Opera House now.
It’s been 50 years of James Bond. And paying tribute to that, is Sir Tom Jones singing – Thunderball. The Bond montage zooms through the many villains, Bond girls, sexy scenes, and the crocodile chase. And Tom Jones almost choked. Audience goes nuts.
Ladies and gentlemen, your host for the evening, Mr. Stephen Fry! YESS!!
Fry greets the Lords, Iron Ladies, and the scums! And throws an Olympic Games joke in there. 8 Out of the 10 top grossing movies of last year were made in Britain, and there’s a nod to Potter. Daniel Radcliffe smirks! Meryl Thatcher – Trophy Snatcher…haha..good one Mr. Fry.
And Fry insists that Brad Pitt blow a kiss to the TV audience. And Jonah Hill joins in.
Time for a recap of the movies in 2012. I want this edited mashup video. And hey, they included The Inbetweeners movie. And yes Viola, we all are clapping for you.
Fry gives a twitter reference, to instruct the winners to keep the speeches short. And we have here to present the first award of the night: Cuba Gooding Jr., to present the Best Special Effects Award. And he mentions Whitney Houston (RIP). And another Michael Fassbender’s dick joke.
Nominations: War Horse, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallow II, Tintin, Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, Hugo
Winner: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows II
Next up: Outstanding British Debut. Presenters – Chris O’ Dowd, Kristen Wiig,
Nominations: Attack The Block, Coriolanus, Black Pond, Submarine, Tyrannosaur
Stephen Fry introduces The Artist, as one of the Best Picture nominees. Next award: Best Production Design. Presenter: – Viola Davis.
Nominations: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Hugo, War Horse, The Artist, Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows II
Best Supporting Actor ; Presenter – Helena Bonham Carter.
Nominations: Christopher Plummer, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jim Broadbent, Jonah Hill, Kenneth Branagh
Winner: Christopher Plummer
And here we are for the second film in the pentathlon, as Fry puts it. And he just reads a tweet by Richard Branson. A grey haired George Clooney in the Hawaii drama – The Descendants.
Outstanding British Film; Presenters – The new Bond girls – Naomi Harris and Berenice Marlohe.
Nominations: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Senna, Shame, We Need To Talk About Kevin, My Week With Marilyn
Winner: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. Bless Gary Oldman!
Time for the Best Supporting Actress award. Presenter: Daniel Radcliffe
Nominations: Jessica Chastain, Judi Dench, Carey Mulligan, Octavia Spencer, Melissa McCarthy
Winner: Octavia Spencer. And the whole world is happy for her
9: 50 pm:
Movie no 3 in Best Picture nominees: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy.
Next award: Best Original Screenplay. Presenters – Christina Ricci, Jeremy Irvine.
Nominations: The Iron Lady, Midnight In Paris, The Guard, The Artist, Bridesmaids
Winner: The Artist
Next award – Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema: Presenter – Billy Bob Thornton
Thornton cracks a joke about his IQ. And then messes up reading the prompter. And the camera keeps flashing back and forth to John Hurt. Must be some sort of a hint.
10: 04 pm:
4th film of 5 – The Help.
Next category: Orange Wednesday Rising Star; Presenter: Christina Hendrics
Nominations: Eddie Redmayne, Adam Deacon, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Hemsworth, Chris O’Dowd
Winner: Adam Deacon. Thank you bruv! Mad love!
Next category: Best Documentary: Presenter: Paul Bettany
Nominations: George Harrison: Living In The Material World, Project Nim, Senna
A quick AV to remind us of the actors, actresses, and filmmakers who passed away in 2011. They mentioned Shammi Kapoor! (Sigh!). And Whitney Houston too.
The next category: Best Adapted Screenplay; Presenter: John Hamm cracks a joke about adapted screenplays being all about including the fart jokes into the original. LOL!
Nominations: The Descendants, The Help, The Ides Of March, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Moneyball
Winner: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. The bloke thanks The Artist for not being adapted from a book. Hehe!
5th and final Best Picture Nominee: Drive
The final four awards now: Best Director: Presenter – Brad Pitt
Nominations: Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive), Tomas Alfredson (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Martin Scorsese (Hugo), Lynne Ramsay(We Need To Talk About Kevin), Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).
Winner: Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist)
Time for Best Actress: Presenter – Colin Firth (jokes about being ignored in this category!)
Nominations: Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), Viola Davis (The Help), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Berenice Bejo (The Artist), Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin)
Winner: Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady). Haha, this time around Meryl drops her purse, and her shoe. But Colin Firth comes to the rescue. And look at Anil Kapoor smirking behind Tilda Swinton! Jim Broadbent gets all misty eyed.
And the missed shoe, gets a Cinderella reference, courtesy – Stephen Fry.
Best Actor: Presenter – Penelope Cruz
Nominations: Michael Fassbender (Shame), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), George Clooney (The Descendants)
Winner: Jean Dujardin (The Artist). And with that Clooney gets pwned!
Time for the penultimate award of the night: Best Film: Presenters – Russel Crowe, Hugh Jackman. And they mock Fry’s pompous speech.
Nominations: Drive, The Descendants, The Help, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Artist
Winner: The Artist. It’s sort of a sweep this! Can we expect the same at the Oscars?
The final award of the night – The Academy Fellowship. Presented by: Max Von Sydow; this year, the Academy fellowship is awarded to legendary director, Martin Scorsese. Congratulatory messages from Christopher Lee, Robert De Niro.
The technical awards are being presented in a heavily edited video section. And seems like The Artist pretty much swept them too. Rango won the Best Animated Film, and Anil Kapoor presented the BAFTA for Best Non-English movie, and also took it on their behalf, but could not resist showing it off. Here is the complete list of winners. Thank you Mr.Stephen Fry, for being such an awesome host. Cheerio!
And that is it folks. Thank you for joining us on the BAFTA live blog.