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The BAFTAs 2013: As They Happened
From the red carpet to the final award

11 February 2013  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Here's Empire's full, minute-by-minute account of this year's EE British Academy Film Awards as they happened, from red carpet to closing remarks. Read on to hear about Affleck, Clooney, Day-Lewis and a lot of rain...

Click here to jump to the start of the ceremony.


15:09 

As you're being so patient, here's a little gallery of the stars attending last night's BAFTA Nominees Party for you to enjoy.

17:05 

It's that time of year again: the British Academy Film Awards are go! As ever, your Empire team will be bringing you all the news from the carpet and the ceremony.

So far, we can tell you that it's freezing cold and soaking wet and it's a brave celebrity indeed who risks that carpet. First to arrive are Billy Connolly and Martin Freeman, who are heroically risking cold, flu and probable death to sign autographs for the equally heroic crowds who have been waiting all day and must be 110% water at this point.

As for Empire, we're not videblogisoding this year alas, because we didn't want to risk Chris' delicate health in this cold. Also, because Tom Hiddleston isn't nominated to bring him soup like last year.

17:09 

BAFTA red carpet, Paloma Faith
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Paloma Faith is here: she's presenting Best Original Music and is sporting a hair do that appears to be composed of several haphazardly-arranged travel pillows and an alien egg. Our auld mucker Simon Pegg is rocking media specs, and if anything the rain is getting heavier. Let's hope Clooney (who's presenting Best Supporting Actress) arrives in an ark so that everyone can get to the after party safely.

17:11 

BAFTA red carpet umbrellas

Umbrella watch: we can confirm BAFTA umbrellas are up.

17:16 

Fellowship recipient Alan Parker has arrived and is looking appropriately smiley, while Rafe Spall is working the lines of fans. At our rough count, there are now enough umbrellas on the red carpet to keep the Singing In The Rain musical running for another 50 years. Jeremy Irvine and Mark Strong have raised the tuxedo quotient; it looks like the ladies, generally, are delaying their arrivals as long as possible so they have at least a small chance of avoiding pneumonia.

17:30 

BAFTA red carpet, Rafe Spall
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Rafe Spall's being interviewed and says of Life Of Pi that it's nice to be in a film that people like "because I've been in lots that people didn't". Hugh Jackman has arrived, so the screaming has gone up a few notches. Funnily enough the carpet around his feet is actually suddenly dry and the rain appears to be evaporating before it hits him; it's almost as if he is so hot right now.

17:38 

Alicia Vikander
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Who's that you may ask? Well, it's Alicia Vikander of course. She's up for an EE Rising Star award this evening and we interviewed her about that last week.

17:41 

Ol Parker, director of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, is not as nervous as he would be "if I thought I had any chance of winning". Self-deprecation alert! Hugh Jackman claims that he's just thrilled not to be hosting, while sporting a rather 19th century goatee. They're not making a Prestige sequel, are they? Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence is claiming that her dancing skills in Silver Linings Playbook was "all CGI"; we're not sure we believe her. Tom Hiddleston has arrived to present Best Production Design - so it looks like he could've brought Chris soup after all!

17:47 

BAFTA red carpet, Mark Strong
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Long-time friend of Empire Mark Strong arrives with his wife.

17:48 

A couple of Empire's team were at Claridges this afternoon for tea and saw George Clooney, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner also having tea; so there's a hot scoop. Tom Hooper has arrived, as has David Morrisey. Tom Hiddleston's talking about the fear of winning when he was up for Rising Star last year, and the awful prospect of having to say something in front of Martin Scorsese. He finished Thor: The Dark World three weeks ago and went straight to West Africa with UNICEF.

17:51 

Ang Lee is kindly emphasising the contributions of his three thousand (!) crew in making Life Of Pi. He's planning to take a rest next, which is a shame for those of us keenly awaiting his next film. Meanwhile, Suraj Sharma is being interviewed and discussing being caught in "the best whirlwind you can imagine" with the film's success and all these awards. We suppose it's better than being caught in the best shipwreck you can imagine.

17:59 

We're told that Paloma Faith will be performing at the opening of the show, which is either good or bad news depending on whether you're a fan. Presumably she was chosen because they had to find someone with as big a set of lungs as Tom Jones last year and even bigger hair. Weather update: it's now snowing. We're not even kidding. The weather could probably get worse, but only if there's actually a mudslide or tornado.

18:04 

BAFTA red carpet, Thandie Newton
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Thandie Newton

18:06 

Holy moly! It must be seriously windy out there, because Helena Bonham-Carter's hair has been blown out of a bird's nest and into something resembling a normal 'do. Tim Burton's got his arm in a sling but claims, "I'm just wearing this because it looks cool." In his case, we can't rule that out. Sadly, however, he's shrugging at the prospect of a Beetlejuice 2: "I love the character and I haven't seen Michael in a while so if a good script comes together, who knows?"

Clooney and Affleck have arrived: they're both bearded, so expect every man in the country to follow their lead tomorrow. Eddie Redmayne is waxing lyrical: "I'm so glad to be a man today, because the women are freezing."

18:11 

If you're in need of some pictures of some blokes in suits - let us help you with that. Specifically Jeremy Irvine, David Morrissey and Ang Lee.

Photos: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

18:11 

Ben Affleck says, "I've not ever been nominated, I've not ever been invited so I'm very excited to be here tonight." Tom Hooper is addressing suggestions from his cast that he's a sadist (Jackman said his audition lasted four hours), but he claims that it's just the prospect of making them audition. "I learned a lot from them doing the audition about the right way to make the film. Anne's audition taught me a lot about how to approach it; Hugh's audition gave me great confidence that this was going to work. In terms of the number of takes we did, it depended on the actor. For Anne Hathaway, that was take number 4; for Eddie Redmayne that was take 21."

18:16 

BAFTA red carpet, Hugh Jackman
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Hugh Jackman with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness

18:19 

Gemma Arterton's presenting Best Foreign Film, "the arty one, the classy one" she says. "I hope I get the pronunciation right, because all the directors in that category are people I'd love to work with." Good luck to her figuring out names like Sisse Graum Jorgensen and Asle Vatn.

Right, it looks like the red carpet is winding up and everyone's headed inside for the ceremony itself. By our count, and consulting the list of nominees in attendance and presenters, a good 75% of the attendees went straight inside and almost entirely skipped the carpet. Expect presenters like Danny Boyle, Ben Whishaw, Alice Eve, Nicholas Hoult, Olga Kurylenko, Ian McKellen, Jeremy Renner, Sarah Jessica Parker, Samuel L. Jackson (who we saw practicing his remarks earlier, the pro) and Kevin Spacey. As for winners, we'll see in about 40 minutes...

18:19 

BAFTA red carpet, Jennifer Lawrence
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Jennifer Lawrence

18:26 

It's the second instalment of Blokes In Suits, third part of the trilogy is currently in pre-production...

Photos: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

18:28 

We spoke too soon; the ladies are still filing in to the carpet. Marion Cotillard is in egg-yolk yellow, Amy Adams and Helen McCrory have just rocked up; Sally Field is here. Ben Whishaw is signing autographs and looking a little like he wishes he had a Q-style gadget to do it for him; Clooney and Affleck are still grinning with the shining confidence of people who know they look better than everyone and who suspect that they might be about to win Best Picture (Clooney's a producer on Argo).

Last but not least to arrive is Anne Hathaway, who's tapping her watch to explain to fans why she can't stop to sign. The doors are due to close in about 3 minutes so we guess it's theoretically possible that they could lock her out. Seems highly unlikely though. Daniel Day-Lewis, at any rate, has decided to risk it and is merrily signing away.

18:32 

BAFTA red carpet, Henry Cavill
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Is it a bird? Is it a.. oh, you know the drill... Henry Cavill aka the Man Of Steel arrives. Which reminds us....

18:36 

BAFTA red carpet, Jennifer Garner
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Jennifer Garner

18:37 

Wow, the rumours were true: Chris Tucker really is here to present an award. Dame Judi Dench has also arrived, but so has Javier Bardem so we're worried for her safety. Where's Daniel Craig when you need him? Amazingly, we just saw Joaquin Phoenix smile, while Saoirse Ronan and Andrea Riseborough are posing and Jeremy Renner's merrily waving away and probably reflecting that no matter how wet it gets, at least he isn't hanging from a crane trying to shoot Thor.

HELEN MIRREN HAS PINK HAIR. We're not sure how to feel about that. Maybe it means that the candy floss look is in for spring?

18:43 

BAFTA red carpet, George Clooney and Ben Affleck
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

It's a beard off! George Clooney and Ben Affleck on the red carpet.

18:53 

Here it is, the final part in our trilogy, Blokes In Suits, er, III.

18:57 

Umbrella watch: Still up, and making it look a bit like Ben Affleck and George Clooney are in some exotic aquarium surrounded by jellyfish.

BAFTA umbrellas, Ben Affleck and George Clooney
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

18:59 

It's almost time for the ceremony, and the President of BAFTA is speaking about what a year it's been. While he's doing awfully well, we're going to skip transcribing this. Points of notice, however: he paid tribute to Lord David Attenborough on his 90th birthday, so Happy Birthday to him.

This is your almost-last chance to turn away before the winners start being announced. The first award will be a big one, Outstanding British Film, before we get into the categories that the TV broadcast will undoubtedly skip (Short Animation, Short Film, etc). Of course before that we've got Fry's introduction and presumably Paloma Faith's number, so there's still time to preserve your innocence.

19:06 

While you're waiting, here's some pictures of some of the lovely ladies who were on the red carpet moments earlier.

Photos: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

19:08 

Stephen Fry! The master of wordplay is back for another year's presenting, this time with a rather splendid crop of facial hair.

"I'm sorry about this, but I have a very strong feeling that I'm not the only actor who's come here tonight with a beard. It gives you great pleasure to welcome me here to the EE British Academy Film Awards. It's our philosophy here at BAFTA - and I use the word philosophy quite wrongly - to focus not on self-congratulation but on admiration. I can honestly say, having presented this on many occasions, that I cannot remember a more impressive line-up.

"This has been the year of the silent letter, with Lincoln, Les Miserables, Django Unchained all benefitting from wholly unnecessary alphabetical incursions. Les Miserables, adapted from the classic French book with an Australian and American cast, which is of course a British film. Banging the British drum a little more, our very own 007 came up against his most implaccable foe yet; a steely foe who has ruled with an iron fist for 60 years - and of course he threw Her Majesty out of a helicopter. And speaking of old Queens...no, I promised I wouldn't do that joke!

"There was the Hobbit, which I played a small part in, but they cut me out. Still, I'm due to appear in one of the later films that Warner Bros is squeezing - I mean lovingly crafting - from the book. I'm hoping to appear in part nine, Are We Nearly Home Yet, Gandalf? Then there was The Hunger Games, where children are forced to fight to the death in an arena, which we were quite taken by for tonight's ceremony, but Quentin Tarantino was far too keen on it.

"We also welcome along one of my all-time heroines, Sally Field. Just to be in the same room as her makes my heart beat faster. Also here is the director of the incredible Life Of Pee, Ang Li. It really has been the most terrifically terrific year all around."

He then introduces Paloma Faith to take us through a montage of the year's films. That transcript, as ever, covered maybe 50% of Fry's speech, the eloquent bastard. And here's Paloma, dressed as Padme Amidala in her disco phase, warbling a bit.

19:19 

Fry's opening the event: "Much as I am aquiver to see you all here in your finery, this is not some exclusive A-lister party; that's later. We welcome our TV audience - you're as welcome as George Clooney at a hen party. I know people like to bet on the outcome, but the only match that's fixed here is my dance with Jeremy Irvine at the after party.

"Now if I won an award, I'd thank everyone who had anything to do with it, including my mum, several cats and the magistrate who gave me another chance. But be swift, be damnably swift and you'll be all the more loved for it. Now let me prong the award fork into the lightly-bubbling cauldron of tonight's film fondue..."

The first prize is a big one; it's OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM, and the presenters are Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper. They're looking terribly dashing, but their remarks are a little... safe.

Affleck: "Good evening, it's our first time at the BAFTAs and its thrilling to be here. I've always be a little in awe of the British film industry."

Cooper: "It's an honour for me too. I know I speak for both of us when I say we're delighted to be here."

And the winner is...SKYFALL, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Sam Mendes, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan (not a surprise given the huge local love for it).

2013 BAFTA winner, Skyfall - Best British Film
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Wilson: "Well, a big thanks to BAFTA. This is a first for the Bond films, and a big thanks to Daniel, Sam, the writers and the whole cast and crew of Skyfall. Bond was conceived 60 years ago when Ian Fleming wrote the first novel, and onscreen 50 years ago when Cubby Broccoli made the first film, and since then it's been nurtured by cast and crew all over the world, and it's on their behalf that Barbara and I accept this award.

Sam Mendes: "On behalf of the 1500+ people who made this award we're accepting this. We had high expectations of this film and it surpassed them all. I also have to single out the man around whom we built this film, and that's Daniel Craig. It was 60 years, almost to the day, that Ian Fleming wrote, 'He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession.' Thanks to him for Bond"

19:24 

It's Rafe Spall and Helen McCrory to present SHORT FILM (and then SHORT ANIMATION).

Spall: "It's great to be here tonight to present these two awards.

McCrory: "Yes, two! Twice as many as Ben Affleck and Bradley Cooper."

Spall: "Which I think sends out a very strong message."

McCrory: "Yes, two for the price of one."

And the SHORT FILM winner is... SWIMMER, by Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton and Diarmid Scrimshaw.

Carlton: "Well, there's a surprise. I always thought the BAFTA for short film should go to young upcoming talent not old gits like us. Lynne can't be here as she's preparing to shoot her next film in LA. There is some fantastic new talent associated with this project, a a young man without whom it wouldn't be possible, our swimmer Tom Litten. He had never open swum before this film, but he's almost Olympic level and a great screen presence.

Scrimshaw: "Short film, short acceptance. I agree with him, thanks very much."

19:26 

It's now SHORT ANIMATION, and the winner is...THE MAKING OF LONGBIRD, Will Anderson and Ainslie Henderson.

The winners are in kilts! Oh flower of Scotland, etc....

Will: "Thank you, I'm very honoured. I'd like to say a big thank you to the Edinburgh College of Art, where this was made as a graduation film. I'm not going to name names because I'll get them wrong. Thank you very much, and thank you all."

Ainslie: "I just want to say thanks to you Will for this MAD journey we're on, and I want to say happy birthday to my mum."

19:30 

Fry: "Where would we be without hair, make-up and costume design? Well not only would we look like Kris Kristofferson but we'd be two categories short."

Ben Whishaw and Alice Eve are presenting.

Whishaw: "Spending long hours in the make-up, hair and costume department are part of an actor's life - not like tonight when we're all relaxed. I mean, Alice, how long did it take you to get ready tonight?

Eve: "Who, me? Oh, five, ten minutes max" [Given her Johnny Bravo style hair, we flat-out don't believe that]

And the winner is...ANNA KARENINA, Jacqueline Durran. Who is wearing hammer pants.

Durran: "Thank you to BAFTA for recognising Anna Karenina, thank you to my team for their collective brilliance, and thank you to Keira Knightley and Joe Wright for inspiring me."

19:31 

The same pair are presenting BEST MAKE-UP AND HAIR, and the BAFTA goes to...LES MISERABLES, Lisa Westcott.

She can't be there, so Whishaw has pocketed the award. We mean, carefully taken care of to pass on to Westcott. We're sure he hasn't nabbed it permanently.

19:35 

Next is ANIMATED FILM, with "the now fully-grown legend that is Nicholas Hoult". (Hey, we talked to him just a few days ago)

Hoult: "[speaking slowly; teleprompter problems maybe?] It's great to be here at the Royal House thanking the incredible people who work in animation. I'm not drunk this is just how I talk. They keep amazing us by pushing the boundaries of the genre" [Pedant hat: medium, surely]

And the winner is...BRAVE, Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman.

Andrews [with huge enthusiasm and energy]: "OH MY, this is amazing. Thank you BAFTA for this beautiful award. Thank you first of all to my co-director Brenda Chapman for creating this story; thanks to Pixar; our producer Katherine Sarafian; the entire crew, and thanks to our families who put up with us for the years it took to make this film. For me, being brave is about being true to yourself."

Chapman: "First I'd like to thank my beautiful daughter who inspired this film, who's back home. And I have to say, my UK cast! We couldn't have made this film without you."

Fry wraps up the award: "I can see why he directs animated films; one day on set with a human cast and they'd all be dead of exhaustion".

19:37 

Now the awards for SOUND. The presenters are Olga Kurylenko and Jeremy Irvine.

And the winner is...LES MISERABLES, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst.

"We would like to thank Tom Hooper for giving us the opportunity to showcase the huge impact live sound can have on audiences. We'd also like to thank our producers for their unwavering support. Thank you to our wonderful cast for trusting us with their magical performances. Les Miserables was a titanic effort from the whole cast and crew, and we're overjoyed BAFTA has recognised the film for its sound."

"We'd also like to thank Claude Michel and the wonderful musicians, conducted by Stephen Brooker."

19:42 

Now back to Irvine and Kurylenko for EDITING. And the winner is... ARGO, William Goldenberg. That's got to be a good sign for the film, right?

Goldenberg: "Thank you so much for this honour. Obviously filmmaking is a team effort and I wouldn't be standing here without the hundreds of people who worked on Argo and gave us their brilliant work. I want to thank Warners for making the film and my wife Allison for keeping me going. And most of all I want to thank Ben - you were a great partner and it was a thrill coming in to work every day.

19:46 

Next is CINEMATOGRAPHY, presented by an actor who is "undeniably strong in everything he does or will ever do": it's Mark Strong.

Strong: "You could argue that cinematography is the most important element of making a film, because without it there wouldn't be much to look at, but what's fascinating is that it can be both subtle and powerfully moving."

And the winner is... LIFE OF PI, Claudio Miranda. Ang Lee is collecting for him.

2013 BAFTA winner, Life Of Pi - Cinematography
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Lee: "Claudio can't be here tonight. On behalf of him I'm here to receive this, and he gave me a message. The first half of his speech is about how great it is to work with me, so let's skip that, it's too much! [reading] I want to thank everyone at Fox for making the movie, India for your beauty which inspired us. I started in Hollywood looking after a small studio; I never thought this would happen when I left that job. Yahoo!"

19:49 

Paloma Faith and David Morrissey are presenting next, for ORIGINAL MUSIC.

Faith: "You must excuse my pace; every move in this dress is like a workout. It's lovely to be here with such amazing people, it's giving me an existential crisis. So enough about my neuroses and over to you David!"

Morrissey, looking a tiny bit bemused by that intro, calls for the nominees. The winner is... SKYFALL, and Thomas Newman.

Newman: "A big shout out to Monty Norman and the late John Barry for that iconic theme that always makes everyone get up and smile. To my wife, and everyone at Abbey Road, and Sam Mendes - brinksmanship!"

19:54 

"A positively scrumptuous actor whose career is now in its sixth decade and she just keeps getting better and better", it's Sally Field to present ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY.

Field: "Well, I was supposed to be out here with the fabulous Eddie Redmayne but he seems to be puking his guts out back there. Now we rehearsed and we were close, really close, so if I turn grey we're all in trouble. But I'm thrilled to be here, because it all starts with a great text. Without a great text you don't have a great performance and you don't have a great film."

And the winner is... QUENTIN TARANTINO for Django Unchained.

2013 BAFTA winner, Quentin Tarantino - Django Unchained
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Tarantino: "Thanks a lot! This is really really nice, this is really cool. First I want to thank my actors for doing just a bang-up job with my dialogue, and I want to thank BAFTA for giving me this. I think you guys are a terrific organisation. I'm famous for not joining organisations, but I'm proud to be one of yours. I also want to thank Harvey Weinstein - to take this script and pony up the money and make it the right way, that's pretty damn impressive, so thank you guys!"

19:55 

Ah, it's one of the Best Film nominee featurettes, or as we like to call them "a typing break". First up, Stephen Fry advises us to "Argo fill yourself" with a look at Argo.

20:03 

Fry now alerts us that "the award for SUPPORTING ACTOR has ripened and is ready to pluck". To present, it's an actor who impressed in The Hunger Games "or, as it's known over here, the Really Quite Peckish Games". It's Jennifer Lawrence!

Lawrence: "For a film to be truly great, every role has to be filled by the very best. The five nominees tonight are certainly that."

And the winner is... CHRISTOPH WALTZ for Django Unchained.

2013 BAFTA winner, Christoph Waltz - Django Unchained
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Waltz: "Thank you so much for this immense honour. Why I get to stand here is really no mystery, because it says at the very beginning of our movie, 'Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino' and of course I want to thank Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and the rest. But it all starts and ends with Quentin. Really, beyond everything I need and want to thank you for most of all is the trust that I will put your creation to good use, you silver-penned devil you! Thank you!"

20:06 

It's now the OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER award, or as we like to call it, the Award With The Really Long Name. It's named for Carl Foreman, the victim of the McCarthy witch hunts. To present it's "the force of nature that is Billy Connolly."

Connolly: "Ladies, gentlemen and Stephen, I'm overcome with joy. I'm awash with bliss, at the very thought of presenting an unsuspecting stranger with a death mask on a stick for the most outstanding debut by an oustanding director, writer or producer, which is clearly for someone fairly new to the industry, which rules me out. I might be in with a chance if it were an award for Outstanding Old Fart - although looking around the room I have some competition."

And the winner is...BART LAYTON and DIMITRI DOGANIS for The Imposter.

Layton: "First I had a pee next to Samuel L. Jackson and now this! I don't think we ever imagined that this amazing journey was going to lead us to be in this room doing some shaky public speaking in front of so many of our heroes. There are so many people we should thank - our producer, Poppy, who was sent in search of a story that didn't want to be found."

Doganis: "We should thank Film4 who thought we could do this and tell it like a thriller rather than a traditional documentary."

20:11 

Next is the Life Of Pi featurette which Fry says he initially thought was part of the American Pie franchise, "but sadly it doesn't contain any young men pleasuring themselves with a fruit pastry. We'll have to wait for the director's cut." Ang Lee, bless him, laughs uproariously at this.

20:21 

It’s SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS and Chris Tucker presenting. Yes, it looks like Silver Linings Playbook really has reintroduced him to Hollywood.

Tucker: “Thank goodness for special visual effects, because without them we might actually have to act. Just kidding; the union would never allow it.”

And the winner is… LIFE OF PI, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott

Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer, Donald R. Elliott
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Westernhofer: “Thank you BAFTA, this is incredible. I am astounded by the other nominees, so this is spectacular. One of the themes of Life Of Pi is to get the audience to question what is real and not real, and our job is to do the same, so if we’re holding this I guess we did OK. And thanks to our director Ang Lee, it was a dream to work with you. Then, my hats off to the over 1000 artists who worked on this film for over a year. Last but not least my wife Gabrielle who’s in the audience with me, and my children. Also, on behalf of all who do visual effects, it’s technology but we’re also artists, and Life Of Pi shows that we can create art if you give us the opportunity.”

20:24 

Fry: “This is a night of firsts, the first time that Billy Connolly has kept his clothes on in public, the first time that Daniel Day-Lewis has spoken with a British accent in public, and the first time that this actor has presented an award, after years of lobbying for the chance.” It’s George Clooney presenting SUPPORTING ACTRESS.

Clooney: “I’d like to thank David Hasselhoff for not turning up, and you Stephen, for making it OK for leading men to have facial hair.”

And the winner is… ANNE HATHAWAY for Les Miserables. We are Jack's total lack of surprise; that one's hard to dispute.


Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Hathaway: “What am I thinking? I almost walked past George Clooney without hugging him! That’s just stupid. I’m overwhelmed, I’m coming down with laryngitis. I share this with the cast and crew of Les Miserables, who are the most gold-hearted group of loves and it was a pleasure to work with them every day. Thank you to Tom Hooper, for your ability to make dreams come true. Thank you to Hugh Jackman – I’ve run out of superlatives for you, you’re just the best. Oh and Eddie! I’d be there holding your hair back but, y’know, (she shrugs and gestures to award). Guess that shows what sort of friend I am! Thanks to Victor Hugo without whom none of us would be here.”

20:30 

Next up is ADAPTED SCREENPLAY. To present are "a couple of real belters" from opposite sides of the Atlantic, Simon Pegg and Jennifer Garner.

Garner: "I think I speak for both of us when I say how excited we are to present the award for Best Adapted Screenplay."

Pegg: "And we thought, instead of saying something original we'd just adapt what was said last year."

And the winner is... SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK, David O. Russell. (Is that something of an upset? Maybe a little one at least)

Russell: "This is a wonderful year for film and a wonderful year for writers. All the films are very different and it's hard to put them all together. Our film is about emotions and people, and this is for every family that faces those troubles every day. I want to thank Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, I want to thank my son who inspired me, and Matthew Quick, the writer of the book."

20:38 

Next is the OUTSTANDING BRITISH CONTRIBUTION TO CINEMA award, presented in honour of Michael Balcon, aka "Daniel Day-Lewis' grandfather". The man responsible for "the greatest Olympic Opening Ceremony of all time - and some films", Danny Boyle, is presenting.

Boyle: "Barcelona is arguably the greatest football team ever, but their midfield named Paul Scholes as the best footballer ever. Stick with me. It was a surprise because he's a very shy man who only makes headlines when his car was stolen. I'm here tonight to honour another person who shuns the limelight. As head of Film4, she has actively sought out projects that were deemed too risky for the rest of the industry. Many of us here tonight wouldn't be here if not for her wise, brave choices - and yes, sometimes the odd mistimed tackle. I'm here tonight for the wonderful TESSA ROSS."

Ross: "Well thank you so much. You'll have seen those clips, so you'll know jolly well that that's the work of a lot of other people - not least this wonderful man. I hope you'll forgive me for not naming names, the list is so long that I hope you'll forgive me for thanking the wonderful directors and producers that I've had the pleasure of working with. I get to take this and put it on my mantlepiece but of course I share this with my wonderful team at Film4, who do a huge amount with very little.

"The reason we can work this way is because of a vision that was built 30 years ago, to take the values of a very new public service channel, Channel 4, of challenging preconceptions, and that's the vision we have today, and it seems to me those values are worth cherishing more than ever before. It works like this - my team and I meet a person who has a story to tell that no one else could possibly every have told, and our challenge is to support that person. The thing that matters most to me is that Film4 should continue to do bigger and braver things and that it should be a part of our cultural life for many years."

20:45 

Fry: "I got several emails last year inviting me to join Lincoln, and thought, 'At last! Spielberg wants me.' but on closer inspection they were inviting me to join Linked In." Yes, it's another Best Film nominee profile piece.

The next award is FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE, and the presenters are Gemma Arterton and Tim Roth, "two thigh-slappingly talented actors whose subtitles read 'Wow' and 'Crikey'".

Their speeches are a bit serious so let's skip to the end. And the winner is... AMOUR.

Sadly Michael Haneke isn't there, so Arterton takes the award.

20:48 

It's the Rising Star award, and Sarah Silverman and John C. Reilly are presenting. Hmm, co-stars of a newly released film presenting an award? You'd think this was the Oscars.

Silverman: "It is such a pleasure to be asked to present the Rising Star award. I love it because these young people are so far untouched by fame and fortune and they're not all gross like, well, all of you.

Reilly: "That's why I have always tried to stay grounded and...Sarah, can you get out of my light? Thanks sweetie, love you *air kisses*"

And the winner is...JUNO TEMPLE.

BAFTA winner, Juno Temple
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Temple: [She's in the highest heels we've ever seen; she genuinely might break something on the way to the stage. No, it's OK!] "WOW! Thank you to BAFTA for this huge, huge honour, and for including me on this list of such wonderful, wonderful actors, and thank you to all the voters, especially my little brother Felix who I think got his whole school to vote for me. To all my wonderful family and friends, and to this incredible room of inspirational people, and to my father who made me want to do this, thank you so much."

20:54 

It's the obituaries. Marvin Hamlisch, Jake Eberts, Ravi Shankar, Celeste Holm, Michael Winner, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Pierson, Sylvia Kristel, Herbert Lom, Cornel Lucas, Robert Fuest, Dinah Sheridan, Chris Challis, Charles Durning, Nora Ephron, Joyce Redman, Richard Zanuck, Patricia Medina, Chris Marker, Martin Poll, Stuart Freeborn, Richard Rodney Bennett, Bruce Surtees, Michael Clarke Duncan, Tony Scott, RIP.

20:59 

Fry: “One of the next presenters has, like me, recently taken to wearing his underpants over his trousers, but unlike me it’s because he’s playing the Man Of Steel and not because he’s an old fart. With him is Martin Freeman who is now in as many films of The Hobbit as Warner Bros. can squeeze – I mean lovingly craft – from that book.” It’s Henry Cavill and Martin Freeman presenting DOCUMENTARY.

And the winner is… SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn.

Bendjelloul: "There is so much I would like to say, but I'm not going to do that tonight. Thank you BAFTA, Studio Canal, Sony Classics, Simon."

Chinn: "Thank you BAFTA, my producing partners. Working on this film has been a huge pleasure for all sorts of reasons, for the people onscreen and off. Not least this man here - not bad for his first film over 6 minutes. We're incredibly gratified that we've been able to introduce the music of Rodriguez to a wider audience.

Bendjelloul: "We hoped he'd be here but he's currently playing to a sold-out crowd in Cape Town."

21:02 

Tom Hiddleston and Saoirse Ronan are presenting PRODUCTION DESIGN.

HIddleston: “Production designers make the space where the magic happens, but truly great production designers make something that is magic in itself.”

And the winner is… LES MISERABLES, Eve Stewart and Anna Lynch-Robinson.

Stewart: "Thank you so much - we're so pleased and so proud to bring this to all the people who worked on this film. I'm not going to name them all because it would take too long and I need the loo. But there were so many talented people, and I've never before heard a crew of a hundred carpenters singing I Dreamed A Dream with their arses hanging out. Thanks to Tom and the producers."

21:10 

Fry introduces the Les Miserables featurette. "I went to see Les Mis and was marvelling at the 3D effect, until I realised that I'd gone to see the stage show. But the film is the polar opposite of miserable. Will Les Miserables be Les Tres Heureux tonight?"

But now it's one of the very big awards, DIRECTOR. To present is "a flowering, towering British acting legend, the peerless divinity Ian McKellen."

McKellen: "Of the many people who contribute to the making of a film and its success, none works harder than the director, none has more responsibilty for the film."

And the winner is... BEN AFFLECK (take that, Oscars!)

2013 BAFTA winner - Ben Affleck
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Affleck: "Thank you so much! I'll try to be brief; everyone here has been so eloquent. Thanks to Warners for supporting me. Chris Terrio wrote the script - it's a masterful script. William Goldenberg, you said such nice things to me and all I can say is I love you very much. My wife, I also love you very much! And our children, who should be in bed by now. And all the international people who came together I want to thank. This is a second act for me, this industry has given me that, and I'm so thankful and so proud. So I want to dedicate this to anyone out there who is trying to get their second act, because you can do it."

What a nice speech, even if delivered at a rate of knots!

21:14 

Presenting LEADING ACTRESS is “an actor with a CV to die for, or certainly maim for; his latest project is Hansel & Gretel, which is presumably why he's left a trail of breadcrumbs to the stage”: it’s Jeremy Renner.

Renner: “As an American visitor to this great city, it’s a great pleasure to be here, in the shadow of one of Britain’s great institutions, whose beauty and majesty is humbling – but that’s enough about Stephen.”

And the winner is... EMMANUELLE RIVA for AMOUR. She can't be there, so Renner takes the prize. Wow, that's a bit of a surprise, albeit a much-deserved surprise.

21:19 

To present BEST ACTOR, “an angelic actress who kept Sex and the City going for 12 years – stick that in your tantric pipe and smoke it, Sting.” It’s Sarah Jessica Parker.

SJP: “I believe we are going through something like a golden age of actors. When you consider the sheer talent of the actors nominated here, it really is quite staggering.”

And the winner is... DANIEL DAY-LEWIS for LINCOLN.

2013 BAFTA winner, Daniel Day-Lewis
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Day-Lewis: "Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, thank you BAFTA. On the chance that I might one day have to speak on an evening such as this, I have actually stayed in character as myself for the last 55 years, and I had a selection of BAFTA sets dating from the 1950s down-scaled and placed in every room of every house I've ever lived in. Every time I rise from a chair it spontaneously releases a burst of applause, some boos and some drunken heckling. I am so grateful for such a generous reception of our film, and to my fellow nominees. I don't know if I deserve this, but I know every one of you does. We weren't on a rudderless boat - Steven Spielberg was the rudder, the boatbuilder, the boat and the sea we sailed on. To the end of my days, thank you BAFTA."

21:25 

Fry: “To present BEST FILM we set an impossible challenge for a casting director. We specified that it must be an actor who had appeared in some of the biggest films of all time – and Snakes On A Plane – who was achingly cool and who was in London tonight. Please welcome the Daddy, Samuel L. Jackson.

Jackson: “Can I just say – well of course I can say, I’m Samuel L. Jackson; I can say whatever I want – that this is a wonderful evening. Half of Hollywood was on my flight; it was like a remake of Snakes On A Plane.”

And the winner is… ARGO, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney.

2013 BAFTA winner, Best Film - Argo
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Clooney: "I gotta say, Ben, if this is your second act, I don't know what you're going to do for a third act. You're remarkable, you're smart, you know what you want and you love what you do. And Grant, 30 years ago we were in a play together and he got a role in Happy Days, and he loaned me $100 to get headshots - which I still use. And we've been partners ever since and failed a lot, and I'm so proud to be here and introduce you to the best producer I've ever worked with and a dear dear friend."

Heslov: "Thank you BAFTA. I want to turn to Ben and say thank you for coming aboard and taking us on this journey. I also want to say how much I love my beautiful wife and our kids."

Affleck: "Every person here who's been so kind to us and so nice to us, when we were talking to the people from the studio they were saying, "We never win". So thank you all, so much!"

21:28 

We now come to the FELLOWSHIP, and to present this award to ALAN PARKER is a man “who to his credit has chosen to live here in England rather than his native America, and who has picked up the language remarkably well.” It’s Kevin Spacey!

BAFTA Fellowship winner, Alan Parker
Photo: Karwai Tang / Alpha Press

Spacey: “Hi Alan, congratulations. This is the highest award BAFTA presents to an individual. Once in a lifetime an individual comes along who transforms and transcends his craft. He’s a legendary director, writer, producer, storyteller, chef - are you a chef? Well you are tonight! - famed as much for his originality as his support for the British film industry for which he’s done so much. His entry into directing couldn’t have been less planned. His films play to a wide audience but he also tells individual stories. In a career spanning 40 years this truly unique filmmaker has given us some of the most memorable moments ever. His films have won a breathtaking 19 BAFTAs. He’s a man I am very proud to call a colleague and a friend.”

(Cue clips from Fame, The Commitments,Bugsy Malone and the rest of Parker's wide-ranging back catalogue. Cue standing ovation)

Sir Alan Parker: "Oh boy. Thanks! God, this is incredibly flattering. When it was first mooted that I might get this, I thought about what I might say. Anyway, ten years went by.... Russell Crowe's written me a poem, but it'll only be cut out. When you're halfway through your first film, you're sure it's going to be your last. Then you blink, and 40 years have gone by and you've made 14 movies. But you always get there, you'll make it to the wrap party. When I was a little boy I went to see Jack Palance in Sign of The Pagan. The next day I divided the whole playground into Romans and Huns, and although I didn't say Action, I gave the command for the Huns to attack the Romans, defending the outside toilets. After all the bloodshed, I was called before the headmaster, who said, "Why, Parker, why?" If only I'd known I would get this, that would have shut him up. My mentor, the great Fred Zimmerman, said it's a great privilege to be a director; don't waste it. It's been my great privilege over the last 40 years; I hope I didn't waste it."

21:38 

And that’s it! Fry finishes off: “Some of you watching will find your way to this stage one day and there, contrary to popular belief, you will not find yourself surrounded by preening divas – well, maybe one or two – but by other people who want to tell stories. I congratulate everyone here, and to you out there, keep watching, and get shooting your shorts – wait that sounds wrong. Love, thanks and a very good night to you!”

So that was the BAFTAs. Looks like the Argo tide is still very much rising with two weeks to go to the Oscars, but it was good to see the awards spread across a wide range of films tonight. What else did we learn? Fry stumbled occasionally but was as loquacious as ever, and the presenters thankfully generally avoided aiming for comedy unless they knew they could land it. Speech of the night is probably Daniel Day-Lewis for poking fun at his own Method-man image, but full marks for enthusiasm to Ben Affleck and his gang. Let's all meet back here on February 24 for the full Oscar coverage!

22:41 


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