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Live-Blogging the BAFTAs: Catch up on Everything You Missed at the Awards Show!

The BAFTAs are here! And I am delighted to be your front row reporter with all of the first-hand glamour and glitz coming your way! I’ll be updating as the awards progress…

Space thriller Gravity leads the way with 11 nominations, including Best Film, but 12 Years a Slave is tipped to be the night’s big winner. *Crosses fingers, as I LOVED that film. Such beauty amongst such horror.* Anyway, I won’t let my inner critic out — this is about the awards!

The show starts in 5 minutes time (here in the UK, GMT).

Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, arrived at 6:38 p.m. at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden but didn’t stop for a chat with any reporters.

The awards, which will be broadcast on BBC One at 9 p.m. GMT, are hosted for a ninth time by actor Stephen Fry. So from 9 p.m. my time I’ll be viewing and updating like a mad woman! To begin with …

Here’s Leo looking dapper:

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But will he win? He is nominated for best actor in The Wolf of Wall Street.

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12 Years a Slave director Steve McQueen is up for Best Director, and in my humble opinion he deserves to win, but will he?

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The winning envelopes — but what names are inside?

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Safely inside and NOT queuing for the Prince gig half a mile away are Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie — in matching tuxes. Jolie’s is Yves Saint Laurent … HOT!

brad and ange tux

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Also looking smooth — Michael Fassbender and Bradley Cooper. Not sure about the beard, Michael, if I’m honest. But WHAT a performance in 12 years … he was chilling. Cooper and Fassbender are up against each other in the Best Supporting Actor category. There seems to be no rivalry here!

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For a full list of nominees, look here. Meanwhile, the stars had some fun on the red carpet (well, for once, it wasn’t raining … and the carpet wasn’t foaming … we ALL remember that debacle). Here is Mr. Tom Hanks, taking a pic of his wife Rita Wilson:

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Amy Adams looks stunning! She is nominated in the Best Actress category for American Hustle.

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Lupita Nyong’o, who is nominated for Best Supporting Actress, in Dior — looking nothing short of STUNNING!

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So by now, 7:30 p.m. UK GMT, all of the stars are comfy and all snuggled up in their seats, and Stephen Fry will have made a few polite, if risqué, jokes and all of the nominees will be trying desperately not to be nervous. So what does it look like inside, before the stars?

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Photo credit: Rising Brit Star Douglas Booth on Twitter

 

And now with everyone in their designer threads, seated and ready!

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Pretty packed, eh? Fry has indeed made a great joke. He opened with the line: “A room filled with faces so familiar, you want to lick them…” Quite.

So folks, think of this as the “interval bit.” Right now the awards are taking place, but in 1 hour and 20 minutes, they will be broadcast here in the UK at 9 p.m. GMT/4 p.m. EST. I will be GLUED to them and will be giving you updates and all the inside chat, as if you were on one of those red velvet chairs yourself! Who will win? My money would be on Gravity taking Best British Film, but 12 Years a Slave winning Best Film Overall; DiCaprio for The Wolf of Wall Street (why wasn’t McConaughy nominated? Beyond me …); maybe Judi Dench for Philomena (the BAFTAs tend to favor the Brits, it has to be said) if not Blanchett.  Okay, see you shortly! Don’t go away!

Okay, so while we wait for the action, I thought I’d have a look at the frocks — the good, the bad, and the ugly…

Let it be known that I LOVE Maggie Gyllenhaal. But, there is a little too much going on here. My 7-year-old son took a break from his computer game and said, “I think she isn’t looking right.” Fair comment. Beautiful woman though and fabulous actress.

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Now, one woman who can do no wrong in my eyes is Oprah, and she looks fabulous in Brit designer Stella McCartney:

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Cate Blanchett looks elegant and played it quite safe in this Alexander McQueen:

Cate Blanchett

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Amy Adams looks dramatic with slicked back hair, red lipstick, and a beautiful Victoria Beckham dress:

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So the BATFA awards 2014 begin! Stephen Fry takes to the podium. He has a fetching beard.

9:03 p.m. — He persuades Leo DiCaprio to blow a kiss down the camera lens … a million hearts flutter. He graciously picks out stars like Christian Bale and congratulates them on their performances this year, joking that Emma Thompson (his old buddy) is over 70. She has brought her daughter to the show. He jokes that Helen Mirren has brought her grandson — The Duke of Cambridge. Helen politely laughs and looks slightly fuming!

9:05 p.m. — Tiny Tempah and Laura Mvulah take to the stage, walking through the bemused audience, rapping. Not sure what I make of this. It’s a bit too … dare I say it … “hip” for this kinda thing! Tiny high-fives Prince William!

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Fry reminds winners to be brief in their acceptance speeches! None other than OPRAH takes to the stage to present the award for Outstanding British Film … and the winner is …

Winner of Outstanding British Film: Gravity

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Gravity producer David Heyman (also known for producing Harry Potter) takes to the stage with director Alfonso Cuaron. Heyman has a cold and it makes his voice über sexy. He calls Sandra Bullock the “heart of the film.”

 

Gillian Anderson and David Oyelowo present Best Animated Film. Will it be Frozen? Monster University? Despicable Me 2?  Frozen wins! Congrats, Disney!

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Best Newcomer is presented by Steve Coogan, star of Philomena. Keiran Evans wins for directing Kelly and Victor. Keiran’s speech is gorgeous, thanking his mum for making him watch Hithcock films and his dad driving him 50 miles to art school — the reason he is “standing here.” Ahhhh.

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Presenting for Best Supporting Actor is Emma Thompson.

Winner of Best Supporting Actor goes to Barkhad Abdi for Captain Phillips. He had never acted before this role! He thanks Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks, who looks emotional! His win has created the biggest cheer in the house tonight! He says he came from nothing and he gets this, pointing to his BAFTA. Rita Wilson is beyond excited!

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Ray Winstone and Helen McCrory present Best Cinematography. Come on Sean Bobbitt! (Sorry, but it is just BEAUTIFUL). Gravity wins again! Emmanuel Lubezki isn’t there so Alfonso Cuarin accepts the award for him.

Leo DiCaprio presents the award for Best Supporting Actress. Jennifer Lawrence wins for American Hustle but isn’t there to accept the award! Jenn is amazing, but a part of me is a tad disappointed as I really wanted Lupita to win for 12 Years a Slave. David O Russell accepts on her behalf…

jenn winner

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Juliet Stevenson presents the award for Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema to Peter Greenaway. Some of his films include: The Cook, The Thief, His wife, Her lover; The Pillow Book; and Drowning My Numbers.

Presenting the award for Best Original Screenplay is Stanley Tucci. The winner is:

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David O. Russell takes to the stage to accept the award with Eric Warren Singer, who says he was “breastfed on British cinema.” Okay. David thanks Eric, Eric kisses David — it’s a love in! David thanks his actors.

Stephen Fry corrects David’s grammar in his acceptance speech — hilarious!

And so to Best Adapted Screenplay, presented by Amy Adams. The winner is: Philomena! Steve Coogan (best known in the UK for being Alan Partridge — hilarious!) and Jeff Pope.

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Steve Coogan tells how it started four years ago with a newspaper article — and then it was brought to life. The real Philomena is in the audience and her story has been told, but he says there are 60,000 other women who have yet to trace their children. Their story “isn’t yet over.” He thanks Stephen Frears for his direction and Judi Dench. Jeff Pope thanks his father who passed away in November and his wife Tina.

Fry again corrects their speech grammar n his own inimitable witty way of course, “Not ‘Stephen and me together, Stephen and I.'”

Alicia Vikander and Eddie Redmayne present the EE Rising Star Award, and the winner is Will Poulter, seen in Meet the Millers. He has INCREDIBLE eyebrows. He talks about crying even in Finding Nemo. He thanks the other nominees … and forgets one name! Clearly nervous. Then he wells up when he thanks his family and friends. Bless.

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10:15 p.m. — We remember all those we have lost: Shirley Joan Fontaine, Elmore Leonard, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Esther Williams, Paul Walker,  and Peter O’Toole among them…

Uma Thurman takes to the stage to give the Leading Actor Award. The winner is Chiwetel Ejiofor! Yay! Bless DiCaprio — he gives him a standing ovation. The whole room explodes. Much joy.

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He thanks his director and cast, particularly Michael Fassbender. He thanks his family and his mother and late father, along with his brand new niece and nephew. The list goes on, and surprisingly he isn’t stopped by music! We must be running on time!

Maggie Gyllenhaal and Michael Sheen present the Award for Best Director. Winner is Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity!

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He makes a terrific speech — making jokes that are brilliant — and English is not his first language! He has lived in the UK for 13 years, which he says makes a case for curbing immigration!

Now for Best Actress, presented by Tom Hardy. He is very handsome. Beard and all. Oh yes. I wish I was winning!

The winner of Leading Actress is Cate Blanchett!

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Cate is out of breath! She says she is unfit — and also that being in row G meant she wasn’t getting it! She dedicates her award to an actor who was a “continual profound touchstone” for her, a  “monumental presence” to her: Philip Seymour Hoffman. As she does so, Amy Adams (who attended Hoffman’s funeral) wells up and the audience warmly applaud. She says he raised the bar and in his absence all “we can do is to try and raise it continually through our work. This is for you buddy” and she looks to the ceiling.

Fry reminds us there are only 2 more awards! Best Film, presented by the wonderful Christoph Waltz. The winner of Best Film is 12 Years a Slave! Whoop!!

12 years a

Steve McQueen looks shocked! Brad Pitt looks delighted. David O. Russell and Alfonso Cuaron are on their feet applauding. Steve McQueen speaks first, thanking BAFTA and his wife, along with Sean Bobbitt who has worked with him for 13 years. He thanks the cast, the producers, etc. Then he remind the audience that 21 million people are still in slavery, and he hopes that in 150 years to come, “our ambivalence won’t let another film maker make this film.” Amen.

The final award is presented by none other than Prince William and Jeremy Irons. (Odd coupling? Just me then…) William is president of BAFTA and he is awarding the Fellowship of BAFTA to Dame Helen Mirren (who he jokes that he should probably call granny.)

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Sixty-eight-year-old Mirren receives her BATFA Fellowship from William and the entire audience gives her a standing ovation. She blows a kiss to her husband who couldn’t be there tonight. She thanks her acting teacher who died two weeks ago at the age of 102. She asks the crowd if they had a teacher who encouraged them and opened the gate to the path that led them here, and Bradley Cooper and Michael Sheen both put their hands up. Mirren then lists everyone who works on movies — the grips, drivers, caterers, make-up artists, etc. — and thanks them all. “It has been an amazing journey up until now.”  Helen looks just incredible.

And so Stephen thanks us all and says goodnight. It is goodnight from me, too. Hope you enjoyed the show!

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