Baftas 2022: Seven highlights – from the jokes to the dresses

By Steven McIntosh
Leisure reporter on the Baftas

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Woman Gaga (L) and final 12 months’s winner Bukky Bakray (R) introduced the rising star prize to Lashana Lynch

Dune may need received probably the most prizes, however The Energy of the Canine proved too highly effective when it got here to the night time’s prime classes at Sunday’s Bafta Movie Awards.

The Benedict Cumberbatch-starring western took house finest movie and finest director for Jane Campion, standing it in good stead forward of the Oscars on the finish of this month.

Elsew., Insurgent Wilson made an assured internet hosting debut whereas the likes of Will Smith, Troy Kotsur and Ariana DeBose cemented their standing as Oscar frontrunners.

Listed here are seven highlights from this 12 months’s ceremony, which marked a return to a full-capacity in-person occasion on the Royal Albert Corridor.

1. Insurgent Wilson made a formidable debut

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Insurgent Wilson has starred in movies reminiscent of Bridesmaids, Pitch Excellent and Hustle

The Baftas are a extra critical and formal affair than quite a lot of different awards exhibits, and it may be fairly troublesome to get fun from the viewers.

In consequence, a few host Insurgent Wilson’s jokes fell just a little flat, however we thought on the entire the Australian comedian actress did a high-quality job, delivering some stable one-liners in her opening monologue.

  • “You guys could be like ‘why is Insurgent Wilson internet hosting the Baftas, is not she Australian?’ Yeah I come from the bush, but when you concentrate on it, do not all of us?”
  • “Everybody’s asking me me why did I shed weight, properly clearly it was to get the eye of Robert Pattinson. Simply joking, I didn’t shed weight for a man, I did it to get extra performing roles.”
  • “Woman Gaga is nominated for Home of Gucci. Apparently all of them had Italian accents in that movie, I did not discover.”
  • “Tom Hiddleston is . however he is not nominated tonight, he is simply . Loki.”
  • “We needed to open the present with a Bond quantity, as a result of Bond is popping 60, and his girlfriends are turning 25.”
  • “I am proud to announce the brand new James Bond shall be me. Bond goes to Australia and it will be referred to as Die One other G’Day.”
  • “The following award is for finest authentic rating. Mine was really the final time I used to be . on the Baftas, once I obtained Idris Elba’s cellphone quantity.”

2. Ariana DeBose was not prepared for the British climate

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Ariana DeBose (proper) stated she and co-star Rachel Zegler had been collectively sporting the colors of the Ukrainian flag

“Subsequent time I believe I will seek the advice of the climate report, and maybe put on rather less material?” the most effective supporting actress winner instructed press backstage following a barely wet purple carpet.

However unknown to many, her gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown really doubled up as a political assertion – when put along with that of her West Aspect Story co-star.

“Did anyone see what Rachel Zegler’s sporting? As a result of the 2 of us collectively are standing with Ukraine, like severely, we’re reflecting it in color,” she stated.

It wasn’t the one reference to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on the ceremony. Woody Norman, the 13-year-old star of C’Mon C’Mon, and Boiling Level star Stephen Graham each wore ribbons on their fits within the colors of Ukrainian flag. Benedict Cumberbatch, in the meantime, wore a blue and yellow badge.

“It is horrific what we’re seeing each day,” he told BBC News on the red carpet. “All of us must proceed to place strain on the Putin regime, proceed to assist in any method we will, whether or not that is by way of donations or housing refugees, all of which I am seeking to do and have finished.”

3. T.’s no query about Questlove’s love for bagels

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Questlove’s group The Roots is the home band on The Tonight Present with Jimmy Fallon within the US

The musician’s movie Summer time of Soul picked up finest documentary, however we had been largely simply impressed he was awake sufficient for the Baftas given his gruelling schedule.

Questlove went from the DGA Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night time to the Baftas in London on Sunday afternoon. Oh, and he additionally needs to be again in LA for his common job on Monday night time – his group The Roots are the home band on a US chat present.

“I will go straight to the airport [after the Baftas] and tomorrow I’ve to be at work at The Tonight Present with Jimmy Fallon,” he defined, however added t. was one final place he needed to go to earlier than leaving London.

“Truly, when she was with us, Amy Winehouse launched me to a spot referred to as Beigel Bake, it is a 24-hour bakery. Once we first began our friendship, that is how she would all the time finish my London journeys, so I all the time go t. and honour her.”

If you happen to occurred to be in Brick Lane late on Sunday night time, that basically was Questlove you noticed shopping for a rainbow bagel.

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4. Troy Kotsur is aware of how you can benefit from stage props

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Troy Kotsur is the agency favorite to win finest supporting actor on the Oscars on 27 March

The Coda star has change into an awards season favorite and stands a powerful probability of successful the Oscar for finest supporting actor following his Bafta victory.

“I really feel prefer it’s an enormous pay-off for the numerous years of a particularly powerful journey,” the deaf actor stated backstage by way of an interpreter. “It was hellish at occasions, I really feel like a survivor.

“At occasions I slept at the back of my automobile, I sofa surfed, and on the set of A Streetcar Named Want, I slept on the mattress on set as a result of it was simply so exhausting for me to outlive again then as a ravenous actor.”

Kotsur is now getting probably the most recognition of his profession due to Coda, which was directed and tailored by Sian Heder.

“It took a very long time for Hollywood to simply accept actors who occur to be deaf. With Coda, it was actually the suitable group, proper director, proper script,” he stated.

5. Joanna Scanlan scored a shock win

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Watch highlights from the 2022 Bafta Movie Awards

The After Love star snared the most effective actress Bafta regardless of the movie not being a significant participant at different awards ceremonies this season.

Scanlan is probably finest identified for her position within the wonderful TV political satire The Thick Of It, so may her first Bafta for a film position imply that she’s extra doubtless to focus on movie initiatives in future?

“Effectively movie and TV are altering, aren’t they? So I suppose I will be altering with it,” she stated

“A few of these boundaries are collapsing, and the way in which we inform tales is altering due to the platforms that we’re receiving these tales by way of. So I am simply going to go together with that stream, journey that wave.”

6. The James Bond editors are barely cross with the Oscars

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Elliot Graham (L) and Tom Cross received finest enhancing for No Time To Die

On the Baftas, finest enhancing winners Elliot Graham and Tom Cross from No Time To Die had been requested what they considered the Academy’s choice, which has been unpopular throughout the movie business.

“I am glad you requested that. Talking for myself, I am not a fan,” stated Cross. “I believe it taints your entire continuing – it isn’t what the Academy of Movement Image, Arts and Sciences is about.

“I really feel fortunate to have attended earlier than, and I simply assume each Academy Awards statue is gold – it isn’t silver, it isn’t bronze. All of these nominees deserve to face up.”

His co-winner Elliot Graham agreed: “I grew up eager to be an Academy member, it is that dream come true, and I believe it is [messed] up, they want to consider it.”

7. Parasite has opened doorways for foreign-language movies

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Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s three-hour movie Drive My Automotive may repeat its Bafta success on the Oscars

After Drive My Automotive was named finest movie not within the English language, director Ryusuke Hamaguchi opened his acceptance speech by joking: “Effectively that removed my jet lag, thanks!”

Explaining extra through the press convention backstage, he stated: “I solely arrived on this nation yesterday, so it is about 5am Japan time proper now.”

Following within the footsteps of main latest awards gamers like Roma, Parasite and Minari, Hamaguchi acknowledged how attitudes in the direction of movies with subtitles have modified.

“The factor that makes us really feel that’s the change and acceptance of those movies within the UK and the US,” he stated. “The affect of Parasite two years in the past on this has been enormous, and the subsequent technology of Asian movies is . able to go.”

With only a fortnight to go, all eyes will now flip to the Academy Awards on 27 March, which can mark the fruits of awards season.

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This 12 months marked the primary full-capacity in-person Bafta Movie Awards because the pandemic


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