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BAFTAs 2014: The Ceremony, As It Happened
Who won what, and what they said next...

16 February 2014  |  Written by Helen O'Hara  

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Team Empire is, as ever, covering the British Academy Film Awards at London's Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, and here we have the full story of the ceremony as it happened, from Stephen Fry's best quips to the royal high-fives to the best speeches of the evening...


18:51 

The good news is that the stars are taking their seats in the auditorium, preparatory to the show starting at any moment. The bad news is that the food isn't ready yet so your intrepid reporters are going to be live-blogging this ceremony with no dinner. Oh, the humanity! We're just listening to the pre-ceremony remarks from the BAFTA Chairman and bits of housekeeping so you don't have to.

19:04 

Stephen Fry is kicking things off!

Fry: "Welcome to the EE BAFTAs. They say what comes around goes around, and their maddening cliche has proved once again prophetic. I find myself humbled, honoured and once again paid to be here. This is the greatest night in the British film calendar - if there is such a thing, and if so I'm putting myself forward to be a nude Mr August in 2015. We find ourselves once again in the plush surroundings of the Royal Opera House, surrounded by faces so familiar you want to lick them. In the films nominated this year real life has provided us with tales of death-defying acts, passion and exploding microwaves. We find stories of defying monumental odds, such as that played by Chiwetel Ejiofor in 12 Years A Slave which was so mesmerising I found myself wishing it was 24 Years A Slave - is that wrong? Then there's Cate Blanchett in seat G9, whose performance in Blue Jasmine was loosely inspired by events currently unravelling in French politics - and your muted laughter tells me that you don't give a hoot about French politics.

"Lion Leo, we always ask a star to blow a kiss to camera, and this year we drew lots until your name came up. [DiCaprio blows a kiss to us all] Star of the wonderful American Hustle Christian Bale is here tonight, still in character - but he's lost his pot belly. I've been trying to do that for years! And the only man in the room to have appeared with even brighter flares than Christian, Tom Hanks, is here. I don't know how that cargo ship didn't see you. [We think he confused Captain Philips with All is Lost here] Bringing the over 70s to our screens, Emma Thompson is here! No, she's younger than me. Now we had hoped to have Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie here tonight but we had to settle for lookalikes. They're good, but Brad would never wear that dress.

"Dame Helen Mirren has brought her grandson along - welcome to His Royal Highness the Duke Of Cambridge!"

That's Fry done, and he introduces Laura Mvula and Tinie Tempah to open the show with a live musical performance and a clip reel of this year's big movies. Tinie Tempah just high-fived Prince William, which seems entirely sensible to us. If given the chance to high-give a royal, why not go for it? "Heroes love to dance" according to this song; something not much in evidence in these films.

19:06 

"Ah, how that takes me back to my own days as an urban dub-step rhyming maestro!" says Fry after that performance. He welcomes the audience (except for "you, you know who you are"), and asks the celebrities to be, well, interesting and brief in their speeches. "I must follow my own instructions and careen into the first award, Best British Film.

19:08 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Presented by Oprah ("such reverence she commands that they named this very building after her")

Oprah: "Hi! It's a great honour for me to be at the Opera House - sounds nothing like my name! It's wonderful being here, both as a nominee and as a guest presenter."

And the winner is...GRAVITY

Gravity
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

David Heyman: “Excuse me, I’ve got a bit of a cold, but this sure as hell is going to make it better! Thank you BAFTA; this is beyond belief. First of all, it recognises everybody who’s involved with this film. We had the most incredible crew on this film, just unbelievable, and Framestore who created the effects, incomparable. Of course, the film would mean absolutely nothing without our cast: George Clooney and the heart of the film, Sandra Bullock. Thanks to Warner Bros, and of course as my fellow producer he wouldn’t say it himself, but we wouldn’t be here without our wonderful director Alfonso Cuaron."

Cuaron promptly thanked his wife, reminding Heyman to do the same.

19:15 

BRITISH SHORT FILM presented by Samantha Barks and Luke Evans.

And the winner is... ROOM 8

James W. Griffiths and Sophie Venner.

Griffiths: "Thank you very much. Not in a million years did we imagine when we were making this that we would win a BAFTA, but the other films we were nominated against are fantastic; I urge you all to go out and watch them."

19:19 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION, also presented by Barks and Evans (which sounds like a trendy clothes label).

Winner: SLEEPING WITH THE FISHES (James Walker, Sarah Woolner, Yousif Al-Khalifa)

BAFTA Winner - British Short Animation

Yousif Al-Khalifa: "I just wanted to say that I always thought about this and imagined it, but it was always a pipe dream so this is a dream come true, so thank you BAFTA!"

19:23 

Richard E. Grant and Olga Kurylenko are presenting PRODUCTION DESIGN and SOUND.

Grant: "They say it's better to give than receive; one day I hope to find out."

And the winner of PRODUCTION DESIGN is...THE GREAT GATSBY. The camera goes straight to a clearly pleased DiCaprio as Catherine Martin and Beverley Dunn make for the stage.

BAFTA Winner - Production Design, The Great Gatsby
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Martin: "I'd like to thank the kettle [a reference to Fry's admonition not to thank everything involved in making a cup of tea. Fry lends her his glasses to read her speech] I'd like to thank our team for this award; we're only here because we're standing on the shoulders of a talented team of 300 who supported us all the way. Most importantly, the person we need to thank is my husband Baz Luhrmann, a man who always follows his own heart. He's a man who always makes films that please audiences, divide critics and give us the chance to do our best work. Thank you."

19:27 

The SOUND prize, next, goes to...GRAVITY, Glenn Freemantle, Skip Lievsay, Christopher Benstead, Niv Adiri, Chris Munro.

BAFTA Winner - Best Sound, Gravity

Freemantle: "Wow. Thank you very much BAFTA from all of us, thanks to Alfonso for making such a wonderful film that gave us such a wonderful opportunity. When we first met, he said there's no sound in space, so we said, 'Then no problem!'"

19:32 

Imogen Poots and Jack Huston ("two absolute peaches", according to Fry) are presenting the next two awards, and their first is EDITING.

The BAFTA goes to...RUSH, Dan Hanley and Mike Hill

Rush

Ron Howard. "Thank you BAFTA. I'm the director of the movie. The editors wanted me to make it clear that they would have loved to be here but I have them locked to the AVID on the next movie. I've worked with Dan and Mike a number of times, and I know they're going to be especially proud of this because it was the most challenging movie that we'd ever undertaken. They'd want me to thank our composer, our cinematographer. They didn't get paid very much so I'm not sure they'd thank the producers but I'll do it for them. I think they'd thank me, I really do. There could be tears - who knows how emotional they'd be? But this award shows that I should be thankful to them for the creative energy they bring to every project, especially Rush."

19:36 

Now it's time for DOCUMENTARY, and the award goes to THE ACT OF KILLING, Joshua Oppenheimer.

The Act Of Killing, Joshua Oppenheimer
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Oppenheimer: "Thank you everybody who worked on The Act Of Killing. The film is helping to catalyse a change in how Indonesia talks about its past, that the media is talking about the moral catastrophe of the genocide in 1965 without fear and the connection between that moral catastrophe and the present regime that the perpetrators still rule over. Western governments continue to support that regime, and there will be no constructive relationship with Indonesia until we take responsibility for our role in these crimes. I dedicate this award to my anonymous Indonesian crew and co-director, who gave 8 years of his life knowing he could not share this award with me."

19:40 

On to MAKE-UP AND HAIR, which Douglas Booth and Sam Claflin claims is the most important department on set because they "know everything about everyone" and who are crucial to a long career. They take a moment, consequently, to praise all the nominees equally. Wisely done, gentlemen.

The winner, however, is AMERICAN HUSTLE, Evelyne Noraz, Lori McCoy-Bell and Kathrine Gordon (who get hugs from the entire cast as they walk to the stage).

All three, talking over each other: "Oh wow, this is amazing. We want to thank David O.Russell for his amazing words, the great costumes. It's definitely a group effort. We're all on the same page, we're all talking over each other! Thank you to the actors - we know you spent so much time in our trailer. Three hours of rollers, of comb-overs. Thank you to all the actors for sitting for days and hours to develop something amazing, and let our art shine through."

19:43 

Booth and Claflin next tackle COSTUME DESIGN, and the BAFTA goes to THE GREAT GATSBY, and Catherine Martin once again.

Martin: "There's one person I absolutely have to thank, and I have to get her name right; she told me that before I came onstage. Silvana Azzi Heras, thank you. And to our wonderful team, thank you. Of course, I am very lucky because the wardrobe department I work with I've worked with for 20 years, I call them my Golden Girls, they're in Sydney working on a musical."

19:47 

"Ah, if I were two months younger," says Fry regretfully, looking after Claflin and Booth leave the stage. Now Tinie Tempah and Laura Mvula are presenting ORIGINAL MUSIC ("Thanks for the high-five," says Tempah to Prince William).

And the winner is...GRAVITY, and Steven Price.

BAFTA winner, Steven Price, Gravity
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Price: "Thank you so much! My daughters once told me that if I was incredibly terrified and nervous at any point I should say their names, so thank you Amy, thank you Eva. I want to thank Alfonso and all the musicians who worked so hard on this. Thank you to my mum and dad for having such a great record collection to start me off, but most of all thanks to Gemma, my wife.

19:51 

Gillian Anderson who's "utterly bilingual; she speaks fluent English and flawless American" and David Oyelowo are presenting ANIMATED FILM. The winner is, obviously, FROZEN, with directors Jennifer Lee and Chris Buck there to collect it.

Buck: "This is amazing. We would love to thank BAFTA and also our cast and crew. There were about 600 people on this one. We have thousands of storyboard drawings that they had to do and redraw. They made mountains of ice and snow for us, and there were hundreds of hours of voice recording and animation, so thanks to them."

Lee: "We'll never forget Bobby and Kristen Lopez on the piano every day, John Lasseter flipping his hair and singing Let It Go and Ed Catmull slamming the table one day and saying 'We've got a musical here!'"

20:00 

We're into the featurettes about the Best Film nominees or, as we like to think of them, a typing break for us and a tea break for you.

Next, "the utterly adorable and utterly awe-inspiring" Steve Coogan is presenting OUTSTANDING DEBUT by a British writer, director or producer.

Coogan: "By the way Stephen, you elevate awards show hosting to an artform. I've always thought of you as an elevator. Everyone has to make a debut - mine was about 25 years ago; Stephen, I think yours was a little longer. In those days we were young turks about town, with a pager on a belt and a voiceover to go to."

And the BAFTA winner is...KIERAN EVANS for Kelly + Victor.

Evans: (looking stunned) Wow, I was definitely not expecting this. There are so many people to thank that I better get on with it. I have to thank my wonderful producer Jean Marmont who stayed with me for 8 years to get this made. To my girlfriend who saw me through, to my cast and crew, and the wonderful city and people of Liverpool who give us the backdrop. To my mum who took me to Hitchcock films as a kid and my dad who drove me 50 miles to art college - those moments are why I'm here now."

20:05 

The next presenter is apparently "selfishly talented; in film a goddess, in real life a stinking piece of offal - no, I kid. You'd be sick if I told you how wonderful she is," it's Emma Thompson!

Thompson: "Is it me or being British that makes being referred to as a stinking piece of offal make me feel so much better about myself?" asks Thompson, before presenting the nominees for BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR.

The winner is BARKHAD ABDI for CAPTAIN PHILLIPS. Hooray!

Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Abdi: [Tom Hanks is wolf-whistling amid the tumultuous applause] "I want to thank BAFTA for this honour. I want to thank Paul Greengrass for believing in me before I believed in myself. I want to thank Tom Hanks, Sony Pictures, my producers and my family and my friends. I love you! Last but not least, I want to thank the other pirates in the film, my friends. We came from nothing and we get this! Thank you!" (Broadest grin of the evening!)

20:07 

It's another featurette, this one for Captain Phillips. "This is another film that echoes my life," says Fry. "Incredibly, I too was trapped in a lifeboat with Tom Hanks. Well, a lift. After we were rescued Mr Hanks was asked how he was by a nurse and he broke down and wept, just like in the film."

20:12 

Fry: "Please don't do what David O.Russell did and rhyme your films to your name, Paul Greengrass. That goes for you too, Tom Hanks." [Hanks looks as if he's trying to work out why that would be bad]

Helen McCrory and Ray Winstone are presenting CINEMATOGRAPHY. "It never ceases to amaze me what these people can do," says Winstone. "They can even make me and your old man look good." "Amazing," says McCrory, showing no sign of offence on behalf of hubby Damien Lewis.

The BAFTA goes to GRAVITY, which is cleaning up so far! Lubezki can't be here, so Cuaron is collecting.

Cuaron: "Emmanuel Lubezki, or Chiba as we know him, can't be here because he's on a 5-week shoot with 20 people in the desert, but he gave me this to read. 'Thanks to BAFTA for this award, which I have to share with the cast and with Alfonso Cuaron. Thanks to Alfonso for letting me ruin your dreams for 20 years, Jonas for having the idea, Sandra for giving us the beautiful face of this movie, and I want to dedicate the movie to my family, friends and the audience.'"

20:17 

Fry claims that DiCaprio's Wolf of Wall Street performance should make "his acting coach, Charlie Sheen" very proud of him, as he introduces the star to announce the winner of BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS. DiCaprio doesn't dignify that introduction with an answer. We're choosing to assume that that silence means that Sheen really did coach him, because that would be hilarious.

This is a tough category to predict. But the winner is...JENNIFER LAWRENCE for American Hustle. She's filming, but here's O.Russell with a message from her.

Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle

Russell: Jennifer asked me to thank everyone here, she's sorry she's working, and to thank Annapurna and her co-stars who created this world with her, and the writers, including me, and the director, me. Here's to the great privilege of telling stories in our culture."

20:19 

Next is the featurette for Philomena. "I struggled to find a parallel to this in my own life," says Fry "but then I realised it was staring me in the face all along. My mother has also spent years wondering what on Earth happened to her son." This quick featurette gives you a reminder to call your mum, so maybe pause the broadcast here and say hello, eh?

Apparently Coogan, in preparing to play a journalist, "went so far as to get his phone hacked". Wow!

20:27 

Juliette Stevenson is presenting OUSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH CINEMA to Peter Greenaway.

"You could say that his work is characterised by challenge - to his characters, his audience and his actors. I worked with him and can testify to the last - having to push a woman upslope in 5" heels; having to try to drown my husband who revealed at the last minute that he couldn't swim and doing interesting things with an ice lolly. I loved it at all times. He loves going to the edge; he understands that by going to the edges you find the centre. Beauty and invention in every shot. Peter once told me that if he could have been a painter he would have been. Cinema was a second choice, but how grateful we can all be that it was his choice. His films dazzle, provoke and seduce; they may not come easy to the watched, but once watched they stay with you always."

Greenaway: "Well, I certainly thank BAFTA for this award. I have to say I'm very surprised to receive it, but I'd like to imagine it's an acknowledgement of contemporary changing cinema, so an encouragement not just to me but to all who believe that cinema has to be continually reinvented. I have a huge number of people to thank because I've been working for over 30 years now, so I thank all those people. So I regard this as an encouragement for, let me repeat, the continual reinvention of cinema."

20:32 

Next up "an actor who simply does not know how to give a bad performance", Stanley Tucci, to present ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY.

"There is nothing quite as terrifying as staring at a blank page and being asked to write something original. Trust me - it took me hours to write this," says Tucci.

The BAFTA goes to...Eric Warren Singer and David O. Russell for AMERICAN HUSTLE.

Singer: "I was breastfed from a very young age on British cinema. It has been a huge part of my life, so thank you BAFTA! Thank you to our wonderful cast, producers and studio."

Russell: "I thank you, Eric, for bringing me this wonderful story. Without Eric, and Charles Roven, I wouldn't be here because they brought me this marvellous story. Thanks to the actors who it was a great privilege to work with - I write for them, they inspire me and bring it all to life. Bradley Cooper, a great collaborator; Christian Bale, this all started in his back yard; Amy Adams, a muse to me; Jennifer, Jeremy Renner and Jack Huston, who's here in this house. This means the world to me, thank you!"

20:34 

Fry: "David, it's a writing award; I think you meant not "who it was a great privilege to work with" but "with whom it was a great privilege to work""

Fry then introduces the 12 Years A Slave featurette, which is harrowing even in such short form.

20:42 

Amy Adams is presenting ADAPTED SCREENPLAY and looking good doing it.

The winner is...PHILOMENA, Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope!

Coogan: "Gosh. This story started 4 years ago with a newspaper article I read, and I pursued it because I hooked up with this guy and we managed to bring the story to life, but we couldn't have done that without a lot of people. First, Martin Sixsmith whose book we adapted; Philomena Lee, who's here tonight. She's been to the Vatican, she's been heard, but there are 60,000 other women who haven't learned what happened to their children. And then the dream team, Stephen Frears, our cinematographer, but also the woman who brought Philomena to life onscreen, my dream casting and someone I've fallen in love with, Dame Judi Dench.

Pope: "I'm so pleased to be able to make up for an appalling scarf I was wearing in the clip we saw earlier. I'm thinking right now of my father who I lost in November, and my wife."

20:47 

"This is bad: my tiny production company was working with Jeff Pope and now we won't be able to afford him," laments Fry as Pope leaves the stage. Then he introduces "a woman so Scandinavian she comes flatpacked", Alicia Vikander, and Eddie Redmayne to present the RISING STAR award, which goes to...WILL POULTER.

Poulter: "Start with a cliche: this is a bit of surprise. I almost cried when watching other people get their awards. I'm famous in my family for crying when watching Finding Nemo with my dad; it's about a fish who can't find his dad, so I shouldn't watch it with my dad. But just to be considered with Lea, Lupita, George...I'm forgetting names - Dane! I'm a huge fan of your work. Thanks to my friends, family, everyone who voted. Thanks very much!"

20:51 

It's the Obituaries, and a farewell to:

Shirley Temple, Joan Fontaine, Elmore Leonard, Saul Zaentz, Julie Harris, Ray Dolby, Graham Stark, Stephenie McMillan, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Eileen Brennan, Ray Harryhausen, David Campling, Maximillian Schell, Esther Williams, Jean Kent, Gerry Hambling, Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, Vic Hammond, Eleanor Parker, Bryan Forbes, Anwar Brett, Sir Run Run Shaw, Paul Walker, Deanna Durbin, Antonia Bird and Peter O'Toole.

20:56 

Now Matthew Modine is presenting SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS. We Gravity wonder Gravity which Gravity film will Gravity win.

And the BAFTA goes to...GRAVITY, Tim Webber, Chris Lawrence, David Shirk, Neil Courbould and Nikki Penny. Because seriously, even with the great effects in the other nominees there was never any real question, was there?

Webber: "Whoo! Thank you very much. It felt like a very long time waiting for this to come. It is an incredible honour especially given the amazing work done in visual effects this year. Thanks to Warners for choosing to make this film, which on paper must have seemed like a crazy idea - because it was a crazy idea! Thanks to David Heyman for his support, and a massive thanks to all the crew at Framestore for their incredible talent and dedication. To George and Sandra, because without their amazing performances all the visual effects in the world would have been pointless and empty. And muchas gracias to Emmanuel Lubezki for his genius and his charm, and most of all to Alfonso Cuaron for his unbelievable vision with his son Jonas and his incredible courage in trusting us to make such a large part of the movie."

21:01 

Joely Richardson appears now to present FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE. "What a very good evening! This category produces the most exciting and exquisite films year after year. They prove that language is no barrier."

And the winner is...THE GREAT BEAUTY, and producers Paolo Sorrentino, Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima.

Sorrentino: "Thank you very much BAFTA, and to my actors and the crew, and my family. I would love to dedicate this award to a great Italian director whose name was Carlo Mazzacurati."

21:10 

Uma Thurman is presenting LEADING ACTOR, one of the most hotly-contested categories of the year.

And the main man is...CHIWETEL EJIOFOR for 12 Years A Slave.

12 Years A Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Ejiofor: [insane applause stops him from starting] Thank you so much, thank you to BAFTA for this incredible award, I am so deeply honoured and privileged to receive it. I have so many people to thank; I want to start with Steve McQueen. Thank you for your work, your passion, your artistry. Thank you for introducing me to the extraordinary life of Solomon Northup, for telling this story in a way of such value to all of us who were there. This is yours - we all know that. I'm going to keep it! But it's yours. I want to thank an incredible cast of actors that I had the remarkable opportunity to go on this journey with. I would be remiss if I did not thank you Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o - the list is endless, and all bringing an extraordinary passion to this project. I want to thank my mother who is here, I love you. My late father, who is not, I love you too. My new nephew and niece, Hero and River. So many people have inspired me through the years, I thank you for being you and helping me all these years."

21:17 

Now Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Sheen are presenting BEST DIRECTOR. Who's it going to be?

The BAFTA goes to...ALFONSO CUARON for Gravity!

Gravity

Cuaron: "Well, thank you BAFTA. After Stephen Fry criticised David O. Russell's English, I don't know if I can open my mouth. You can't tell from my accent but I consider myself part of the British film industry. I've lived in London for the last 13 years and I have made almost half my films in this industry. I guess I make a good case for curbing immigration! I want to thank Jonas, my teacher in film; Sandra Bullock, who is Gravity; I want to share this award with all the artists who live downstairs and make this film possible, my co-filmmakers Tim Webber and Emmanuel Lubezki, all at Framestore, my friend and partner David Heyman, and a couple of guys, Guillermo del Toro and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, because I cannot order breakfast without asking their advice!"

21:18 

Presenting LEADING ACTRESS is "a man so handsome we're glad he hasn't followed the current trend and turned up with a bag on his head", Tom Hardy.

And the winner is...CATE BLANCHETT for Blue Jasmine.

Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Blanchett: "Thank you BAFTA; I was sitting in Row G so I thought that was a sign that I wouldn't be getting up here tonight (breathily) God I'm unfit! Jasmine was an extraordinary opportunity for an actress. I would like to dedicate this to an actor who has been such an presence but now an absence to me, the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman. Your presence and your unflinching quest for truth in art and life will be sorely missed not only by those here but the audiences who loved your work. All we can do is keep trying to raise the bar continually in your absence."

21:29 

It's time for Christoph Waltz to present the penultimate award, BEST FILM, so Fry introduces him in German. "Thanks Stephen for that introduction, whatever it meant," jokes Waltz.

The BAFTA goes to... 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and its producers Steve McQueen, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Anthony Katagas.

BAFTA Winner 2014, Best Film - 12 Years A Slave

McQueen: "I'd like to thank my wife Bianca for giving us this award, my cinematographer Sean Bobbitt; Lupita Nyong'o, a star is born; Michael Fassbender, the genius; Chiwetel Ejiofor, the one and only; and my one and only mother. Thank you Mum for having the faith. Never give up! Finally, right now there are 21 million people in slavery as we sit here. I just hope that 150 years from now our ambivalence will not allow another filmmaker to make this film."

Gardner: "Thanks first of all to Steve McQueen, without whom none of us would be here. This is for the descendants of Solomon Northup, and to my children who remind me of my freedom every day."

21:57 

The big finale comes as Prince William and Jeremy Irons arrive to present the BAFTA FELLOWSHIP to HELEN MIRREN, an award that was pre-announced so comes as no surprise to anyone but news welcomed by all.

Helen Mirren, BAFTA Fellowship
Photo: Jeff Spicer / Alpha Press

Unfortunately, due to technical problems we have lost most of the introductory remarks here, but rest assured that Irons said awfully nice things about Mirren, who he called "impossible to ignore" even in her younger days onstage before she broke through on TV's Prime Suspect and then reached another level with The Queen. The clip reel had the audience on their feet before Mirren took the stage, with Emma Thompson in particular looking delighted for her.

Mirren: "Thank you all! I want to take this chance to thank the teacher who encouraged me to become an actor, a lady called Miss Alice Welding who died recently at the age of 102. She alone encouraged me to become an actor. So I'm standing up here to thank Miss Welding and all the great teachers who inspired the people sitting in this room. I want you all, who remember a great teacher, to put your hands up. [looks out at the forest of raised hands in the auditorium] Let's all put our hands together who remember those teachers."

"I've had many teachers on film sets, drivers, grips, make-up artists, actors, directors, producers, the people who drive the honey wagon [loos] which are very important because otherwise you end up crouching behind a bush - which I have done on occasion. All those incredible carnival of characters who make up the brilliant and astoundingly hard-working army who march into battle on every film. I'm going to finish with the words of a great writer:

"'Our revels now are ended. These our actors,
As I foretold you, were all spirits and
Are melted into air, into thin air:
And, like the baseless fabric of this vision,
The cloud-capp'd towers, the gorgeous palaces,
The solemn temples, the great globe itself,
Yea, all which it inherit, shall dissolve
And, like this insubstantial pageant faded,
Leave not a rack behind. We are such stuff
As dreams are made on, and our little life
Is rounded with a sleep.'

"And my little life is rounded with this honour. Thank you."

A quote from The Tempest there to finish, for anyone in doubt. Mirren, of course, played Prospera in Julie Taymor's version a few years back.

22:06 

That's it, and Fry wraps it up. "There are new stories every day, so to the established masters of the form good luck in your next outing and to everyone out there you can tell your stories too. Good luck, I mean it, and good night."

That's it! Some hugely deserving and popular winners tonight; a few surprises, but few real shocks. It's clear that BAFTA has thoroughly adopted Alfonso Cuaron as one of our own (a decision we're totally OK with) but that they also recognise the power of 12 Years A Slave and the effectiveness of American Hustle. Who's going to triumph at the Oscars? Will it be another night of shared honours? Meet you back here in 2 weeks and we'll find out.


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