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It is the biggest night of the year in British film. Hello and welcome
to the Royal Albert Hall in London for this BBC News shall programme
for the annual British Academy Film Awards. I am Jane Hill and with me
for the next hour and a half or so is the film critic Jason Solomons
and the fashion writer Lorraine Candy. All the stars will be writing
here on the red carpet very shortly and we will be talking to plenty of
them. Let's start our special programme here tonight by reminding
ourselves which films are nominated in that all-important category, best
film. I'm human. Oh, my God. That's
incredible. Jesus Christ! Who is first in this queue? Do you mind if
this young lass signs on first? There you go. Go back to your desk,
let her sign-on and do the job the taxpayer pays you for. I don't care
if I know where I go... URA janitor will stop. So what? You can do that
anywhere. There are plenty of clogged up toilets in this town. I
am in the hockey team. I work on George's boat two days a week. I
have two girlfriends. I'm in a band. Why didn't you come home when you
were supposed to? And who is you? Nobody. I found him yesterday. Some
boys chased him. He's scared more than anything. He wouldn't tell me
where he lived. And so that is just a reminder of
that all-important category, Best Film. Welcome to the Royal Albert
Hall where members of the public have defied my expectations yet
again. Some of them were telling me they queued here yesterday to get
the wristband you have to get if you want to come and stand on the side
of the red carpet here. They were queueing in the Baltic London
temperatures for 18 hours. That is how keen they were to get here and
see everyone on the red carpet. Eddie Redmayne is among those and
they are therefore not going to be disappointed because the arrivals
have started early. He will be presenting an award tonight. For the
last couple of years it has been all about him. Tonight he is here to
present an award. With me this evening the film critic Jason
Solomons and Lorraine Candy, the fashion writer from the Sunday
Times, keeping a BDI on all the comings and goings on the red carpet
-- a BDI. My colleague Lizo Mzimba is at the far end of the red carpet,
some way away from me tonight and you will be talking to people when
they arrive and some early arrival is already? Yes, I am joined by one
of the most famous names in cinema now, Daisy Ridley. You are going to
present an award tonight and also Eagle Huntress is up for an award.
You must be used to this now? I am not. I have not done a red carpet
for a long time. The last time was the Oscars. It is amazing being on
British soil and it is great to be in Britain with people who are very
kind and very excited. It is wonderful. Eagle Huntress is a
wonderful story about female empowerment? I just absolutely loved
the film and it so happens it is a similar theme that I am very happy
to be speaking about really. And we finally have the title for the next
Star Wars film. You pleased you have not given it away? Hilariously, my
trainer said they have released the title and I said what? Ryan had told
me last year so I was there with my little secret and it was all over
the Internet. I was like, I missed the hype! I I put the title to the
back of my mind so I would not slip up by accident. How exciting is it
keeping all of those secrets? The film is out in December and you
filled the macro filmed it months ago? I have been filling my time
with lots of things. It gets easier. Seven was harder. Eight, people ask
less questions. Because people have a grasp on what it is, they have
more idea what it could be. They are shouting for you as they always are.
Have a lovely evening. Thank you. They are shouting here already. We
hear the rip every year. It is so hard to hear anything over the
harbour. It is one of the things which makes the BAFTAs so much fun
-- we hear it every year. It is a really, really lovely atmosphere
here tonight. Let's get some quick opening thoughts from Jason and
Lorraine. There has been so much talk about La La Land. It is great
fun and uplifting but it is a love letter to Los Angeles and this is
the British Academy we are talking about. Do you think they will talk
about it differently? We tend to be in thrall to the LA but we have to
do it back and we say we're here at the Royal Albert Hall, can we do
things differently? It would be surprising if La La Land did not win
Best Film, it has 11 nominations but there are other films to be
considered. Films like Moonlight which I know has been beguiling
Academy members here. It is poetic and it is a film which seeps into
your soul. Has it done enough to trip but La La Land on the red
carpet? I think it is a possibility that is why we have things in the
balance. It would not be a shock if La La Land wins eight, nine or ten
awards. I love it. I think it is charming and the is terrific. It is
fooling people because it is not an old-fashioned musical. It is a young
musical. It is very much about now. It is a very modern score. The two
leads where their musical chops lightly. Ryan Gosling is cool and
effortless but they are very aware it is the 21st century. They are not
Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers or Jean Kelly and Leslie Caron. I find
it charming and light but some people have been disappointed that
it did not change their lives. It is a musical, movie, it will not do
that, I am sorry! But it does have the power to change people was that
lives. It depends if the voters will go for something with heft behind it
or they will say it is freezing cold, I want the son of La La Land.
The stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone are both due on the red carpet
tonight. Brain Candy, what should we look out for? What trends have you
been spotting? This is a really big night for British fashion. It would
be great to see the British design houses, the British designers being
represented. We saw a London designer being worn by Daisy Ridley.
I would like to see more of that. We will see Burberry, Stella McCartney
and big British brands as well and hopefully some of the sunshine that
La La Land brought us as well because yellow is the big colour
this season. It is a difficult colour to wear! We should mention as
well the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will be here tonight as
well. Always fascinating to see what the Duchess is wearing and
presumably, no doubt she will be wearing British? Yes, what she is
wearing and he will be wearing will be fascinating. She often wears
Alexander McQueen. But she always looks amazing whatever she wears. We
will look out for that to the other end of the red carpet to Lizo
Mzimba. I am joined here by a man who is a double nominee.
You have two, one for directed screenplay and adaption. It is Tom
Ford. You adapted this from a book called Tony and Susan? It is by
terrific writer who is no longer with us. You had to change quite a
lot of it? I did but these stories spoke to me. It is about loyalty and
hanging on to people in your lives you laugh and not letting them go. I
am a very loyal person. That spoke to a -- people you love. But I did
have to make it cinematic. How much of yourself did you put into the Amy
Adams character? When you are writing all of the characters you
cannot help but put yourself in. Something has to speak to personally
and you have to exaggerate that when you work on something. Tom Ford,
thank you for talking to us. That takes us from the world of
fashion, Tom Ford is still a fashion designer but also directs the odd
film on the side. He does. He has a very stylised look at everything. He
shows in LA now, not here. I suspect if Amy Adams is here she will be
wearing Tom and Juliet as well. He made Nocturnal Animals which if
anyone who knows me and follows no Twitter will know it was one of my
least favourite films of the season but very stylish and fantastic
cinematography. What are your thoughts? It has nine nominations
here. At the Oscars, it was almost completely shut out of it. Where it
plays to the BAFTA voters is very important. Tom Ford won best
director at the Venice home Festival for Nocturnal Animals. It was deemed
very stylish and a very powerful film. Amy Adams had a strong
performance and Jake Guillen Hall as well. It seems to have lost
momentum. -- Jake Gyllenhaal. It left to bitter taste in the mouth.
His previous film with Colin Firth was very gentle and beautiful but in
Nocturnal Animals, all the seven years he has been waiting to bring
us another film, there are some very difficult scenes two digests. There
are scenes of rape. The backlash against that film has been pretty
harsh. I think it is a film about the power to hurt people and it is a
fairly vicious film. It is also about how much Tom Ford hates Texas
as well. He is still wrangling about that. But it is a very stylish film.
Can you mask the intent of the film by style alone? I can agree with
people who don't like it. It is a bitter, bitter peace. But Amy Adams
herself is very watchable. She is a real darling of the awards season
and we should mention that she is also an Arrival which is nominated
for Best Film. Amy Adams is kind of the next Meryl Streep. She is always
nominated. Sometimes when you do lots of work it cancels each other
out because you cannot vote for her in all films. Arrival of the sci-fi
film from Denis Villeneuve. It is a big film with big themes about alien
contact and she is a linguist who makes alien contact. It is a film
which blows people's minds. It did not do that for me, I found it a
disappointing movie but that is the joy of these awards season is
because some people will like certain films and some will not.
Then you will get a massive format Arrival with big effect against a
British film like I, Daniel Blake or Nocturnal Animals which has a
different feel to its artistic nature. Amy Adams is an award stable
but she never manages to convert these things to winds. She is the
perennial bridesmaid on the red carpet. She also could have been in
La La Land, she has red hair, she sings and dances, she is Emma Stone
by another name. Remind us who votes and who makes up the decisions
tonight? There are about seven members of the British Academy. In
the Oscars they have several thousand but they all come from
film. The BAFTAs have people who work in television and also work in
the gaming industry which always surprises people. They put a lot of
money and British wealth into the gaming industry and they get to vote
in the BAFTAs as well. It will be strange if they vote for Nocturnal
Animals instead of the films with big special effects. The BAFTAs are
very different to any other voting body in the world of cinema because
they are made up from people in other genres and categories and
crafts. While you are explaining that we are looking at pictures of
Eddie Redmayne. Lorraine, the last time you and I were on the red
carpet, you were talking about a photo issued you did with Eddie
Redmayne and he is hugely important to men's fashion? He is. He has been
hugely supportive. I think it is important to talk about what the men
wear on the red carpet because we should not be defining women by what
they wear on the red carpet. Fashion in this country ?28 billion to the
economy. It is the second biggest employer in the UK. Evenings like
this are really important. These are showcases for the big fashion
houses. Why would he be wearing Dior? Is that a deal. This is the
British Academy. Finding I think there are just a lot
of ceremonies he has to go to. A lot of ceremonies, a lot of red
carpets, so here's varying it. He is so friendly, he talks to everybody.
He has just done about five selfies here and he is incredibly popular as
a British actor. An awful lot of people screaming for
him behind us, for sure. He is very popular among the early arrivals. We
have reflected, Jason, on the Best Film category. Of course, another
thing that sets BAFTA apart, that category of Best British film. I
personally would be astonished if I, Daniel Blake does not win this, but
what are your thoughts? Well, that is nominated in the best
British film category and the Best Film category. If it does not win
one of them, something has gone a bit wrong. It is not feature at the
Oscars or anywhere else really, other than the European film awards,
so this is a uniquely British film. It is Ken Loach's film, of course, I
think a tremendously important film, a kind of state of the nation
address. Is it a film that BAFTA members, who tend to be more liberal
and metropolitan elite, are seeing and saying, that is how the other
half live, and it is sort of a dose of medicine and not real? I think
this one is one of ten large's very finest works. I think it is a
tremendously important film everyone needs to say, and a dose of salts
for the nation. It really makes you sit up and see what is happening to
Britain today. There was a piece in the paper today is a job centre is
not like this, the staff are not like this. Can Loach is saying,
actually, I went round to a lot of them. Some people are like there's
some other time. It is not a documentary, it is a drama about
what can happen in a certain situation. I think he does it
brilliantly. Hayley Squires is nominated. She is
due to be here tonight. Let's now had to Lizo again.
Thank you. I am joined by Kenneth Lonergan, the man behind Manchester
by the Sea. You have a nomination for directing and four Original
Screenplay. Congratulations, first of all. This is a very sad story
about a man coping with grief. How do you make sure the town is not too
unremittingly grim throughout it? I think with all the sorrow the
characters go through, there is quite a lot of love in the story,
and the characters are trying very hard to take care of each other,
which is something that happens in life. When things go wrong, you
often find people rallying around each other and showing up for each
other and doing their best for each other. I find that encouraging and
inspiring, and I hope the film is about that as much as anything.
So you think it is a mixture of grease, relationships, family?
I think it is about coping with things that none of those wants to
cope with, but the fact that people do cope with them, and it is about,
if a character has been hit harder than anyone has deserves to be had,
but he is still showing up, trying to make arrangements and look after
his nephew, and doing it out of the love he has for his brother and his
brother had for him. In many ways, the film seems to be about that more
than anything else. It premiered more than a year ago at
the Sundance festival. What are the last 12 months been like, seeing it
go from strength to strength, both distribution wise, and in the way
that audiences and critics have related directly macro it is great.
You hope your works will be liked. Your first duty is to make it as
good as you can, and then you hope people will like it, and to have
such wonderful distribution, with Studio Canal and Amazon in the
States, and the performances and people responding, it is all you can
ask for. You must be delighted that Casey
Affleck and Michelle Williams, with only 11 minutes' screen got
nominations as well. Yes, well, she is brilliant, and it
is a performance that pervades the movie. Every scene she has, she is a
knockout. She can do anything. I'm not surprised at all sea is getting
all this attention. Thank you so much for your time.
Manchester by the Sea, a film we have not touched on this far, Jason.
I would say that is in a category film that you really appreciate. It
is beautifully and shot, without possibly enjoying it. I know Casey
Affleck is nominated for a lark in this award season, but his character
is not the most likeable. Yes, it is about a janitor from
Boston, a call back to his hometown, the titular Manchester, which is a
rather snowy place near Boston. He has to go back there because his
brother has died and he has inherited his nephew, played by
Lucas Hedges, and has to run into his ex-wife, played by Michelle
Williams. There is a secret buried in his past. What is it? That is
basically the film. It reveals their pain, and he is a very pained lead
character who doesn't change much over the course of the movie. It is
an incremental change, if you like, a thawing of that frost. We see the
tiny changes are everything. A little goes a long way in this
movie. Not a lot happens, and yet, everything happens, in a way. Kenny
Lonergan, the director that Lizo was talking to, he has brought moments
of the everyday integrates drama. A very fine director. But my favourite
is the Lizo will speak to next. That had there now.
Yes, I am joined by Barry Jenkins, the man behind the firm moonlight.
You have got a nomination, and the film is up for best screenplay. What
has it been like, taking this film around the world?
It has been amazing. The movie has been met with a lot of love.
People are finding a way to see themselves in these characters, and
that's all you can ask from an audience.
And of course, with the rows over diversity in the last couple of
years, moonlight has been one of the films at the forefront of what many
people say our award juries making the right decision this year.
Yes, and I am proud to be in that place. I am very proud of that. I
think the awards season, the divers make up this year, is more
reflective of the world I live in and the industry I work in, so it
heartens me we are able to be a part of reflecting that world.
Your film is relatively low-budget compared to something like La La
Land, but it has had a massive impact. For you, what were the main
challenges of getting a movie like this made, and it seems to be out of
proportion to the impact it has made?
There weren't many challenges. Once the companies came on board, the
budget was what it was. I think we are all craftspeople, and can work
with big or small tools. The tool, the budget, on this film was small,
but it did not change the mode of expression. We approached it as if
we had unlimited resources. It felt like a luxury to have $1.5 million,
but these companies really had our backs, so everything I have ever
done, including short films, this is probably the easiest I have made,
because I always have felt supported.
What is the message of your film? Is it about acceptance?
I think it is about that, but more than that, about human expression.
We don't ignite as a society that we are always giving feedback to
people, telling them to behave in a certain way. They should have the
freedom to decide who they are one themselves. That is the ultimate
message of the film. Barry, thank you for your time. An
outstanding movie. Yes, I quite agree with ??MACRO1
there. I felt sorry Barry Jenkins was not nominated for best Director,
even though his film Moonlight is in the best film category. As we
reflected at the beginning, it could not be more different than La La
Land, but it is a thoughtful, beautiful piece.
Absolutely. The story of a young boy growing up, told in three chapters.
We see him at eight years old, we see him as a teenager having a Tough
life in high school, coming to terms with his sexuality, and then as a
grown-up, he has completely changed. He is played by three different
actors who don't really look the same, but that is the point. It is
about toughness and growing up. I almost want to spoil what Moonlight
is, because when you watch it, you don't know what you are going to
get. It has also got nominees for Naomie Harris and Mahershala Ali,
who I think is tremendous. We see him there in one of the key scenes
of the film, where he is teaching a child, nicknamed Little, to swim.
Naomie Harris plays his mother. The film has toughness and tenderness in
equal measure, and can really break your heart and make you cry in
various places where you were not expecting it. What is different
about Moonlight is, it is a sort of tone poem. We don't normally see
films like this nominated at the top echelons of best picture. This might
have slipped down the cracks eight years ago and nominated at film
festivals like Sundance, but because of the drive to look for films that
are different, that old black and African-American stories, Moonlight
suddenly finds itself front and centre, and carries it beautifully.
It is the sort of film we could have overlooked, and I am so delighted it
has got eight Oscar nominations and as many BAFTA nominations as it has.
It is putting people in the spotlight like Mahershala Ali.
He is fantastic, isn't a tee yes, he was in house of cards.
-- House Of Cards. And Naomie Harris, an extraordinary performance
from there. And she really thought twice about
taking a role, because it is not giving anything away to say that her
character has a drug addiction, which plays into the relationship
with the sun, and from everything I have read, she had some misgivings
about playing that sort of character with all the drug problems
associated with it again, as might be perceived.
I think if you years ago, for African-American films, there were
too many characters who were, for example, crack addicts. For example,
Ali Barry in Jungle Fever. She realised she wanted to play
different kinds of characters, but that this was a different kind of
character, there was something very special about her. She needed three
days' work on this film, but this is the one that will change her career
and life, it is a fantastic performance. I'm delighted for her.
I think she has been a fine actress for a long time and not able to find
parts like this in Britain. Real shame, I think, that she has had to
go to the US to get a part like this. I am thrilled she has, and her
career will escalate from here. Absolutely. We will find out in a
few hours whether she wins tonight. An excellent performance.
Let's also remind people, the Bafta also gives a fellowship every year,
and this year, it is going to someone you particularly admire and
like? There are two reasons I watch films,
Mel Brooks and Woody Allen, and tonight, Mel Brooks is 87 years old
and getting a fellowship from BAFTA. He said he is not overwhelmed, he is
just whelmed by it, but I think Mel that is something. He did The
Producers, one of the funniest scripts ever written, and then
History Of The World Part one, Young Frankenstein and Blazing Saddles. He
is a zany in his comedy, but he has something to do their words say
about now. I wouldn't be surprised if the funniest moment of the night
came from Mel Brooks. We look forward to that later in the
ceremony. Nicole Kidman arriving, very bravely taking off her jacket!
Perhaps we will hear from parent little later. As we hear that would
see these images of Nicole Kidman, let's go to Lizo as well.
Yes, I am joined by the Director of Arrival, nine nominations, including
a best Director nomination for you. An incredible sci-fi film with an
unusual narrative structure, how difficult was it balancing all those
elements? We spent a lot of time in the
editing room. A long creative process, because exactly as you
said, the elements were not obvious. By far the most difficult movie I
ever made. Balancing the intellect and the emotions was hard to do.
And what is Amy Adams, who plays the crucial central role in this movie,
bring to it? Intelligence, intelligence, and
intelligence. And Grace, and she has the movie on her shoulder. She was
my news. She was the main inspiration for this movie. -- my
muse. She is a fantastic actress, and it was a massive honour for me
to work with her. And not only astonishing visually,
the sound in this movie, along with it take to balance all those
elements? Which is the more challenging?
-- how long did it take? Yes, it is always tricky to train
create new alien sounds, create a language, so that was a long
process. We were working with the sound crew based in New Zealand.
They worked with people from Montreal, so it was like a
Commonwealth team working from everywhere on the planet to try to
create those fantastic sounds, the way that my aliens are speaking.
Thank you so much for talking to us. So, Denis Villeneuve, I know he is
nominated, and that's what counts. Let's look at this beautiful shot
here, looking at the Royal Albert here, looking at the Royal Albert
Hall. Regular watchers of this programme will know that we have
moved location this year. For many years, this has come from the Royal
Opera house in London's Covent Garden. We have moved a couple of
miles away down to the Albert Hall, and it looks absolutely beautiful
here tonight. The film critic Jason Solomons Whitney, and Lorraine Candy
at their word, editor of style at the Sunday Times. Lorraine, quick
thought in terms of what we have seen so far. Still many more people
to come down the red carpet, but do you have any thoughts so far? Some
of the women, I want to give them a jumper?
It is great that it is at the Albert Hall. The British fashion awards
were here last year, and they were fantastic as well. Seeing a lot of
women being incredibly brave with this shoulder -- off the shoulder
garments, and Nicole Kidman must be freezing!
The wonderful rates Paul. We love him. Very versatile. I think perhaps
he is presenting a -- and awards tonight, and that is way he is here.
Rafe Spall. We are just looking at Nicole Kidman. I feel as if I see
her in so many adverts these days, I have lost track of who she
advertises, but does she have a particular connection with Armani?
No, she has been close to the house, but she worked with a lot of design
and beauty houses as well. She is always on the front row in Paris and
Milan. She travels around a lot. I think Armani is a heritage brand, so
she will have a long relationship with them, and it is quite
revealing. Yes! Do they look at the weather
forecast before they come?! I think people will have changed
their minds at the last minute, actually. Just give as a reminder of
how important this can be. We are here at the British Academy Awards.
There I suggest, in terms of the fashion publicity, is it a
competition to try and dress and Oscar winner as well?
It is absolutely huge for the fashion industry, because it is a
huge shop window into some of the biggest design houses. Everything
that they make getting a high profile is what drives sales, and
that drives their retail, so it is very important to them. Often, they
establish long-running relationships with female actresses, bringing them
to the shows. There are a lot of actresses who have bespoke clothes
made for them this evening, so some will be mature dresses worth up to
?10,000. Usually, the jewellery arrives at the early part of the
evening with a bodyguard, said that the jewellery houses, bowled Dari,
Tiffany, Will Atkinson in bodyguards all around London today to make sure
there are items are safe and the red carpet. These items are
photographed, and with Instagram and social media, they are photographed
endlessly. Well, as the cries from the crowd
behind us get ever louder, if we can hear ourselves think and talk,
Jason, let's also mentioned the fact that there is the rising star award,
again, one of the things that is just a little different about the
BAFTAs, a nice little touch that is a little different, and the only
award that is voted for by members of the public.
Yes, that is right, which is quite interesting. It gets people
involved, and they can tweak away. What happens is, someone from the
most popular film will win, so someone from Star Wars, they will
win, and Kristin Stewart a few years ago for Twilight, you might as well
give them the award right now. But this year, we don't have that. We
have people who are indeed bubbling under. Ruth Negga is probably the
most interesting, because she is a rising star at the BAFTAs, but also
nominated for Best actress at the BAFTAs. I would say that is fairly
risen, if you ask me! She is a film not many people will have seen yet
that is recently out in the UK, a crucial film, and interracial
romance film in which she gets married to Joel Egerton, who is not
nominated. A great performance from her in this film, much done with her
eyes. Very tender and delicate performance. She has been rising for
a while in the UK, but to see her here is very interesting. Whether
she will win the category, I don't know, but as the Oscar-nominated and
is probably enough for her. She is up against Lucas Hedges, who I
mentioned earlier, from Manchester by the Sea, the nephew who has to be
adopted. He is very, very good, the nephew
who is only 20. Many of these stars are terribly
annoying, because they are very young and have great careers ahead
of them! Tom Holland, here's a young British actor, the son of the
broadcaster Dominic Holland. He is Spiderman in the new Spiderman
movie. He is only 20. Yes, wonderful young actor. And Laia
Costa, many will not know her name, but she is an interesting film, all
done in one shot, which takes place in Berlin. Then we have someone who
I think is probably at the top of a game by now.
I think we can say that. Let's go to laser.
Yes, I am with Nicole Kidman, nominated for Lion, an incredible
story. So emotional. What was your reaction when he first heard about
the story? Well, I read it, and I was really
moved by it. Then I found out it was a true story and I was gobsmacked
that it had actually happened. And then I got to be in the film.
The Director asked me, and he said, would you like to play the role? She
really wants you to play there. It is always a lovely feeling when the
person it is based on wants you to play them.
Do you feel more pressure when portraying a real-life person?
Sorry, what was the question? Do you feel more pressure when portraying a
real-life person. I don't know if you feel more
pressure. You feel a sense of obligation and responsibility to be
true to their spirit and essence and try to fulfil what they want,
because it is their life. Luckily, Sue was very, very embracing and
very comforting, and very supportive.
Nicole, thank you so much for your time.
Nicole Kidman, and we had not spoken much about Lion. I loved it. I loved
it so much more than I expected too, for some reason. If you have not
seen it, take tissues, I would say. A wonderful story, very moving. It
is very slow-paced, I will say. But it is beautiful cinematography as
well. We should add it as a true story as
well, all the more remarkable, because it is a about a little boy.
It is in three parts. In the first part, it is played by a beautiful
Indian eight-year-old who gets lost on a train, and is adopted on the
streets of Calcutta by Nicole Kidman. Dev Patel is also nominated
tonight. She broke my heart in this when she first receives the trial
from Lion, and says, I am going to adopt this kid. A beautiful
performance from there. She has curly hair in it, doesn't play the
glamorous Nicole Bittman role. I think it marks a new stage in her
career, this part. When she won the Oscar a long time ago, she has
really struggled to find parts that kind of match her talent, really,
and has been used by directors in different forms. I think this is the
best we have seen her for some time, so I'm delighted she is here to
celebrate that. She has also become the emblem for that movie, carrying
the movie, which people are crying about all over the country, about a
boy finding his home on Google Earth, when he is intending to go
home to India. There is not a dry eye in the house.
We spoke to Dev Patel just after he heard he had been nominated. He was
just so delightful. He called his mum, and then he spoke
to us! I think that was very sweet of him.
And he was busy filming in Mumbai at And he was busy filming in Mumbai at
the time, but very delighted, as if he can't believe how far he has come
from, as he would put it, his suburban north London upbringing.
A great story for Dev, but it couldn't happen to a nicer guy as
well. It is interesting to see his career go from Channel 4, Skins, the
big break of Slum Dog Millionaire, but he worked in US television for
Aaron Sorkin in The Newsroom as well. He has changed and sell
significantly as an actor, physically, for this role. He has
beefed up to play this guy. I think you will be an important British
actor in the years to come, because you mentioned the diversity issue,
this is a film with a story about people of colour, and last year, we
had hashtags. We will not get those of the BAFTAs this year. Things have
changed quite significantly, and Dev Patel is at the vanguard of that.
More from Lizo now. Thank you, I am with the Director
Ron Howard, who is nominated for the documentary the Beatles a week the
touring years. -- The Beatles: eight Days a Week - The Touring Years. So
much has been said about the Beatles over the past few decades, what
inspired you to make another story? I realised the perspective you can
now bring to the story, also because Paul and Ringo are willing to do
new, comprehensive interviews for us to build around, but I think that
perspective, it certainly reminded me that these young guys had
something to teach us today, their commitment to certain principles,
you know, whether they were artistic or moral. They really lived by them,
and that is to be acknowledged. As well as newly discovered footage,
there must have been a massive decision about what to actually
leave out of the documentary? You could have made something 12 hours
long? Certainly, and more. We wanted plenty of room for the music, first
and foremost. How many times does a and foremost. How many times does a
Director get the opportunity to get in that much great Beatles music?
But there was all the humour, and in all this personal drama, it was a
kind of coming-of-age story, the way they developed and threw down the
gauntlet. Through Lizo, -- Beatlemania, there was a lot of
drama as well. Well, Ron Howard, enjoy the evening.
Thank you very much. Ron Howard, he was on the red carpet
with his daughter Bryce Dallas Howard a little earlier. In the
background, at and I think we might hear from you surely, is Isabel
Huppert. Not nominated here, but she has an Oscar nomination? Yes, she
was nominated for an Oscar, great surprise for a French actress,
banana nominated here, which was equally so brightening. I think she
is an incandescent star. -- not nominated here. She is terrific in a
fungal Things To Come as well. I'm glad she is here, and hope she does
not make a wasted journey. -- a film called Things To Come. It is unusual
for her to push for a role get the Oscar nomination, and it does not
happen very often. I talked to very couple of weeks ago when the critics
awarded her a lifetime achievement award, and she said she did not
often get that spotlight and was delighted to be here.
Let's return to how we started our programme to commit more about La La
Land, back to Lizo for that. I am here with the Director of La La
Land, and the screenplay nominee. What has it didn't like, this
roller-coaster ride since you premiered in Venice?
It has been a roller-coaster ride. It has been amazing. The thing I
could not predict that has really may be happy is just that the movie
has connected with people all around the world. That is really so real to
me. Did you have any reservations about
making a musical at a time when people thought, no, we don't want to
see musicals any more? I did not have any reservations. I
think a lot of financiers had reservations. It is about six or
seven years to get financing, but no, all of us who made the movie
jumped in headfirst. I do so much for your time.
And if you stay with us for a second, we hope to get in a word
with Jacob? No, we can't. Do we have JK Rowling? We do! How are you? You
are live on BBC News. Hello, BBC News. Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them, nominated for Outstanding British Film. You
must be thrilled as a writer and producer?
Yes, yes, I am genuinely over the moon, actually. It is amazing,
amazing. Even if we don't win, that is a huge nomination to get, so I am
really thrilled stop did you have any reservations about returning to
the wedding world you created with Harry Potter?
Absolutely, of course. The expectation is massive, the bar is
very high, and the only reason to return is if you have a story that
you still really wanted to tell, and I did have, and it has been
incredible, actually. I have loved it.
And preparations for the next movie coming along. Have you cast your
jumbled or yet? We're doing that right now, and it
is a massive thing, Dumbledore, my favourite character in the whole
series, so we're right in the middle of that right now.
You have been quite outspoken and social media recently about a lot of
things. How strongly do you feel about the political situation in the
world at the moment? Let's just say, it is an interesting
time to be writing a franchise about the rise of a populist maniac.
And I must ask, I know you are a huge Kennedys buff. Natalie Portman
nominated for Jackie, have you seen it?
I haven't, I genuinely want to see it, but I haven't.
I would be interested to know what you think as someone with a massive
interest in the Kennedys. Nice to see you as ever. Take care.
Well, Lizo keeping very, very busy at the far end of the carpet.
That is JK Rowling. Some interesting things going on with her on Twitter
recently as you may have seen. Before her, the Director of La La
Land. Look at this! The lovely Dev Patel. Hopefully, we will hear from
him in a moment. It might have struck people
watching, how young he is, that Director!
Yes, policemen and film-makers! Here 31 years old and nominated for best
Director. Film has been nominated, 11 nominations for La La Land. It
says to me that film is having to reinvent itself and get younger.
With him and Barry Jenkins, who Lizo or two earlier, the 37-year-old
Director of Moonlight, we are seeing a new movement, lots of new
film-makers coming through. I think it is very important film remains
relevant to young film-makers, because they could migrate to
television and Netflix. Lots of power there these days. It is
important that these film-makers want to make films for the communal
experience and the big screen. I think we're seeing an interesting
move this year. I think cinema has been to be honest, quite dull for
two years. La La Land and Moonlight have really altered the landscape
and change the way people shoot and receive films. They have given
things and new energy, and a spring in the step.
There is Amy Adams, who we have been speaking about as well. Lorraine,
putting you on the spot, do you have any idea who she is wearing? Very
difficult to see from the monitor. I tell you what's brilliant about Amy
and Emma Stone, the rise of the Red Hat. How that's become amazing
again. How women are asking for it as a hair colour. Tom Ford's film,
he has some redheads, Julianne Moore, Amy Evans on the young
actress Isla Fisher. There is your surrogate son, Dev Patel! This is
Andrew Garfield arriving but let's hear from Lizo.
I am joined by Dev Patel, best supporter actor nominee. Lion, what
an superb story, what did you think? I actually got sent the news
article. The fact these incredible news events actually happened and a
boy showed such adaptability, street smarts and resilience, it completely
moved me and I was obsessed with it from that moment on, where I was
knocking on the screenwriter's door trying to get an It's amazing
walking the red heart carpet having had that. Circle moment. What was
most difficult, the Australian accident or getting into the skin of
the Both. I had to change the way I sound and the way I look. It is
really going crazy! It nourished me as a human being. It took me to
places in the world I had never been to. I made a lifelong friend in the
director, I can't tell you how much I love him and respect him.
Thank you. Best of luck tonight. Thank you so much.
Dev Patel, who stars in Lion. That is Emma Stone, winner of the Golden
Globe for Best Actress in a comedy or a musical. Signing autographs. We
were just recollecting the rise of the redhead. It is Emma Stone. We
were saying at the start of the night, you were particularly
interested to see who she would be wearing this evening.
Nicole Kidman. We are, you will have gathered, very close to a large
group of members of the public who queued a time yesterday to stand on
the red carpet here. I have to tell you, there was a lot of love just
now for JK Rowling. They were screaming for her to come over. She
was busy having her photograph taken by the photographers just below us
here. But huge reception for her. That was very striking, I thought. I
think we can return to Lizo. Thank you. I'm joined by Hugh Grant,
another Best supporting actor nominee. She might do all the
singing in this movie but it is your character, Sinckler, at the centre
of it all, at the centre of gravity of the movie.
Well, you could argue that. The centre of gravity is the
relationship between the two of them. In the end it is a romance,
but a very weird one. How did you find playing a man in a
difficult position? He wants to be very supportive to his wife but he
also has realistic expectations and viewpoints on her abilities.
My character knows that my wife is the worst singer in the world but
has to pretend she's not. Partly out of love, but partly out of self
interest, because if that myth is exploded his whole world, which is
quite affluent, explodes. What was it like working with the
screen legend that is Meryl Streep? Well, of course, terrifying and a
treat in equal measures. Hugh Grant, thank you very much for
talking to us. Best of luck tonight. Hugh Grant, who stars alongside
Meryl Streep. Meryl Streep is due here this evening. Meryl Streep, who
now always gets referred to as that rather overrated actress! After what
Donald Trump said. She's got a few awards in her Cabinet. Do you think
she might get another one here today? Just thinking about that
category. Best Actress category... Meryl Streep is always in that
category. She's up against Emily Blunt and Amy Adams. I think...
Natalie Portman as well. Emma Stone, I think is so charming. We saw her
earlier. So charming, she sings and dances and carries the comedy, I
think it is Emma Stone's. We were talking about I, Daniel Blake, a
standout film from Ken Loach. Let's hear from him now.
I am with Ken Loach at this end of the carpet. A film, a very powerful
piece of work since you premiered it in Cannes. What's it like being
honoured with a BAFTAs and night for Best Film and Outstanding British
Film nomination? It's extraordinary. The film is so
different to all the razzmatazz here. It is quite strange having
made a film about people whose lives are thrown into chaos by the Social
Security system, to find yourself among those bullets and grammar. But
there you go, it's part of the contradiction of the film business.
It's nice that people liked the film. I mean, it's good for the
film, so that's OK. How important our events like this,
bringing a message home that you want to get to as many people as
possible? It gives the film prominence and a
profile and we've been very lucky with awards this year. The Academy
Awards obviously helped. So yeah, we are, more people know about it,
maybe more people will go on fear. Then the people who it's really
about, they might see some, a real campaign to get things changed.
How pleased were you to see Hayley Squires getting a best supporting
actress nomination for the movie? She is a terrific girl and a
brilliant actress, obviously. As is Dave Jones as Daniel break. I'm
really chuffed Hayley, she's going to do lots of great work in her
career and she's a fine writer, too. She is someone to watch.
Thank you for your time. Ken Loach, the director of I, Daniel
Blake. You wouldn't have been able to hear that, Jason, but
particularly paying tribute to Hayley Squires, saying he thinks she
has a fantastic future ahead of her. A very strong performance by her.
I love her in this film, she is absolutely incandescent. She plays a
sort of beating heart of this movie. I, Daniel Blake is the title but it
is really about her, her struggles as a single mum. She's been shoved
out of London and has to go and live in Newcastle and fight... It's
almost a tigerish performance, a tigress protecting her young in this
movie, trying to do everything to survive. Ken Loach has this
marvellous facility for picking unknown actors and making them
absolutely give the performances of their lives that the find their
careers. I think Hayley Squires is one of those. She is nominated
tonight in the supporting category, which I think is right, I would love
to see her win that. It is such a British performance, as well. Such a
British actress but becoming brilliant at this awards season,
growing into this and becoming glamorous and really fighting for
that role. Ken Loach, he's about to join Lizo, we can probably hear from
her shortly. She was fantastic, and Dave Johns as
well, who plays the title character. Let's hear from her now.
Yes, I'm with Hayley Squires, best supporting actress nominee, what was
your reaction when you heard? One of shock and excitement but yes,
shock. How have you found the reaction to
the movie over the past few months? It's been massive. We've had a
massive outpouring from community groups, from people who recognise
something in I, Daniel Blake to be relevant in their lives, either
happen to them or their family members. The outpouring of people
talking about it, writing about it, getting in touch with us and wanting
to do something about it is massive. A very moving scene with your
character in a food bank. How did you prepare for something like that?
I met with the food bank where we shot the scene and spoke to the
people who worked for the charity that run the food bank. Myself and
Ken talked in depth about people who end up in those circumstances, we
talked about hunger and what that does to the body and then tried to
go in and be as truthful as possible in those circumstances.
Thank you so much for talking to us this evening.
Hayley Squires, wishing Lizo a lovely evening. It might be her who
ends up having a lovely evening, I think that's the way these things
are meant to go! The star of I, Daniel Blake. Amy Adams again. We
are in a striking vantage point is here because things are very
different here. It is not the Opera house, the Albert Hall, a new setup
and louder than ever, if that's possible!
We arrived this balcony where it is almost like a holding pen, whether
celebrities are taken off to have their photos taken. Celebrities on
their head. The lovely thing is I got a really good look at Amy Adams'
dress is beautiful. We just trying to reattach
microphone. We are looking at pictures now of Barry Jenkins, the
director of Moonlight. One of my favourite films of this season.
Jason mentioning the fact he is only 37 years old. We hope we will see
more fantastic features from him. I think we can hear you properly,
Lorraine. We were reflecting on Amy Adams, a simple dress, but the green
is so beautiful. Lovely, beautiful green dress. Tom Ford Cape. There is
Gucci and Dior. Osmond. Dev Patel was wearing a Burberry tuxedo. It is
great. You can see them here close up.
And you've been reminding us just how important, how influential and
how useful that is for all those fashion houses you've just named.
Yes, the world stage. Photographed here, Cena list-macro and then all
the red carpet gaffe brings and websites around the world will have
them in the next few days. Probably the highest trafficked galleries.
You mentioned earlier the role of the jewellers or the jewellery
designers. We shouldn't forget that. I was particularly struck, I've
never been this close to a number of real a list stars before and I was
struck that I could have a fantastic sight line of Amy Adams' big drop
earrings. They come up, possibly some of these, with a bodyguard.
They do, most of the jewellery arrives with two or three
bodyguards. Probably thousands of pounds worth of jewellery sat down
there at the moment being worn. She's just about to have her picture
taken. Tremendously democratic, I think. A
holding pen of celebrities just beneath us. I could steal some of
their earrings. They are all waiting for their go on giving each other a
go. They also have to pass through Lizo before they get here. He has
one of the big stars of the night. I am with Emma Stone, Best Actress
nominee for La La Land. The film has gone down so well. Do you think part
of its appeal is people can relate to Maja's struggle, her wish to
better herself and move on in the world?
I'm not ever really sure what parts are the most resonant for people, I
think it's different parts for different people, but maybe, maybe
that part of wanting to believe in something against all odds and
trying to hold onto hope. And hold creativity, even when it seems
impossible. When was the first moment you knew this film is
something special and really hitting a nerve with audiences and critics,?
It was a special and overwhelming, very hot moment. There was no air.
We were sweating and teary and it was really special.
Thank you so much for your time this evening. Hope you have a good
evening at the ceremony. Thank you very much.
Excellent to hear from Emma Stone, nominated for her role in La La
Land, directed by Damien Chazelle. You are watching a special BBC News
programme from the Royal Albert Hall in London, the British film Academy
awards. I should give you a warning that there is an increasing amount
of flash photography into my's programme. The actors, actresses,
directors and producers are starting to ride thick and fast and the
photographers, a huge number of them... There is a lot of flash
photography tonight. I think you can safely expect that for the rest of
the programme. Hugh Grant just having his photo taken. And he stars
alongside Meryl Streep and she has just arrived. I forget how many
BAFTAs she has won but she certainly has a huge number of Oscars. She
hasn't got a huge amount of nominations, turning nominations
into a winners in the easiest thing to do. She doesn't always win. I
think tonight, we're not at the Opera house but she praised the
world's worst opera singer. As I say, we saw Emma Stone with the Lizo
earlier before. We were talking about her. She was wearing Chanel.
She is sparkling and incandescent, as she is in the film. Every now and
then Hollywood feels the need to anoint some new and we see that more
regularly now. This year I think is Emma Stone's year. This is the new
starlet they are putting forward and she has Mathilde over the years. She
worked with Woody Allen, she was in Crazy, Stupid Love. She has worked
with Woody Allen twice, and aircraft and become a tremendous actress.
What should other La La Land is a great feat. She dances amazingly but
not outstanding. She delivers her lines brilliantly, she has a
modernity and wit to her and has become almost like a Diane Keaton
figure, that we can... Every time she comes on screen thing, can I
love her any more and yes, you can. Very rarely on a cover of a
magazine. She's actually at the moment probably the most wanted in
terms of design houses dressing her. She's been very, very careful about
the kind of publicity she does. She rarely does an interview. She's very
rarely photographed out and about with the paparazzi. She's always
holding back, which makes are worth more. I think she's an extraordinary
new start and I think if she does go into fashion should be very powerful
because she is so beautiful to dress and a quirky looking girl.
We're just seeing Amy Adams again, that dress we were talking about a
few moments ago. You it was Tom Ford. He directed Nocturnal Animals.
It is one of the films that was talked about this year. She is also
in Arrival, in the Best Film category. She plays a linguist. I
like the idea behind Arrival. It is that notion that aliens arrive,
someone arrives from outer space, but you do not send in dance or
trips, you send in an interpreter to try to speak to them. She plays the
interpreter. That is right. I am a linguist myself, so I found it
touching, that you would invent a language to speak to them. The
talking and communication would be the way forward. It is a powerful
message. It is a film I saw before the political upheaval of these
days. Films like this, this is when cinema can be important, it can show
you how behaviours can work, what scenarios may be. Arrival is one of
those important movies. Not self-important, it is about the
practicalities of sci-fi. In the end, it is a film that comes down to
Amy Adams and the personal aspect of it. While it was being cosmic, it
had me. I loved it. There are some great effects. And Jeremy Renner,
who plays opposite her, he is very strong as well. I think we're
looking at Naomie Harris. We are. She is from Moonlight. She is
wearing Gucci. Yes, an extraordinary collection. It is so upbeat and
pretty. They had a new designer start two years ago. He brought a
new, feminine aesthetic. It has become the label to wear. I have
seen it for five times tonight. That is probably the biggest number of
times I have seen a designer tonight. That is interesting. She
looks so pretty. It is very feminine. You will no far better
than me, Lorraine, but I sensed that she is an actress who is very much
engaging with the fashion world as well. She was fabulous in The Theory
Of Everything, alongside Eddie Redmayne, one of her many strong
performances. There have been many others. I feel like I am seeing her
associated with bashing, is that the? Yes, she will be in the front
row at London fashion issue -- at London fashion week on Friday, it is
Paris after that. She will definitely be in the front row on
Monday next week. Is that one of her favourites? Yes, one of her brands.
You're watching BBC News, special coverage from the Royal Albert Hall
in London. We are building up to the British academy film awards. La La
Land is the film with the most nominations but that does not
necessarily translate to winning on the night. This is the favourite,
Meryl Streep, a favourite of so many. She has fabulous longevity,
superbly talented. I was chatting to lots of members of the public
earlier this afternoon. All those people who had been queueing up to
stand on the red carpet. I always say, who do you want to see, who are
you looking out for? Lots of them said Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone,
but some of them still say Meryl Streep. She has been with us for so
many years. Fantastic performances. People want to see her. People might
want to hear a speed give her a Golden Globe speech is anything to
go by. Will we have the same politicisation at the Baftas? I am
not sure. People are grown up with Meryl Streep in various ways. She
was an independent move like the Deer Hunter in the 1970s, and
Manhattan. All the way through the 1980s, those great roles, like
Silkwood, and the reboot through the 1990s, in films like the River Wild,
and Margaret Thatcher in the Ireland lady. Nevin Florence Foster Jenkins.
She has managed to get funnier as she has got older. Florence Foster
Jenkins is a great comedy performance. She has managed to grow
and almost be ageless. You think of her about you cannot pigeonhole her
as any sort of tight. She can change to become Margaret Thatcher budgie
can become Florence Foster Jenkins. Talking of costumes, you see them in
the red carpet. We sometimes forget how brilliant they are in cinema.
The costumes for Meryl Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins are things
of wonder, witty, extraordinary, creations that go with the
character. She is nominated for that as well, for her work on the film.
Emma Stone being very brave, signing lots of autographs. People around
her were trying to move her own. There is Emily Blunt, nominated for
a girl on a train. How much involvement does she have with the
fashion world? Not so much. Not as much as we noticed with Emma Stone
at the beginning. I am not sure what she is wearing. It is possibly
Gucci. It is really beautiful. She is not classically want to be seen
in the front rows. She is taken seriously as an actress and she
seems to be focused on that. It is funny the way these decisions are
taken. We do not know if that is driven by the fashion industry or
her personal choice. When you see her run the red carpet, you feel she
could win anything and she would stand out. You would think that
fashion designers would want to dress her. Yes, it is always about
time. Where people are filming and where they are in the world when the
collections dropped. Whether they can be photographed for the
campaigns as well. It is all about juggling the acting and the
campaigns they may be doing as well. Emily Blunt is nominated in the
leading actress category. She is alongside that very strong
contender, Emma Stone, that we've been talking about so much. Also
alongside Natalie Portman, who is wonderful in Jackie, and who is very
heavily pregnant. I presume that is why she not here tonight. Probably
not an airline that would want to take that on. Error where we saw a
brief shot of Tom Holland, young man, 20 years old, from London. He
is in the Rising Star category we talking about earlier. Yes, and Noel
Clarke, previous winner. We have segued beautifully. It can make a
career. Noel Clarke is a real ambassador for that Rising Star
award. It changed his life and his career. There is a reason for them
continuing that relationship with that award. It gives the Baftas a
little bit of a difference. People can be involved. The Oscars are
terribly high and mighty. You cannot be involved, but you can with the
Rising Star award. You can votes forehead and become part of the
ceremony. Bafta are keen to anoint new people and keep them as part of
the family. It is an ongoing relationship. As it is with fashion
houses, and film-makers and actresses. I mention Naomie Harris.
Sometimes I feel like we might lose some of her talent to America. It is
important we use them in British films and have parts for them that
are strong and make them proud to be in the British film industry. We
need are stars. We should treat them well. We should make sure they are
looked after, because they will just disappear. The only way to do that
is to make sure the work is good enough. Very interesting that we saw
Naomie Harris in that beautiful Gucci creation. This is Emma Stone.
That sums up the Baftas tonight. Emma Stone in La La Land, Naomie
Harris in Moonlight, perhaps to make of the strongest contenders at the
British academy film awards this evening, live from the Royal Albert
Hall in London. La La Land has the most nominations. We wait to see
whether it walks away with all the trophies. Emma Stone wearing Chanel.
Naomie Harris, as we were reflecting earlier, I really fantastic
performance in Moonlight. The two films could not be more different,
Moonlight about a young man growing up in a pure area of Miami in the
1970s. And Isabelle Huppert, who is nominated for an Oscar and will be
presenting an award here tonight. You're watching BBC News. And the
Royal Albert Hall, the new venue for this year for the Baftas. It really
does look beautiful. It is a particularly long red carpet. I feel
like it is about twice the length of the Opera house we're used to. And
on this bitterly cold night, some of the stars had been very good indeed
about staying and having their photograph taken and signing
autographs. That was Ken Loach, nominated for I, Daniel Blake. What
an extraordinary and lengthy career. He is 80 years old. Use a long red
carpet, lengthy career. It was 50 years ago he got his first Bafta
nomination. He has it that she has had a few nominations in between as
well. I will make some predictions. I think that Ken Loach will win for
I, Daniel Blake in the best British film. I think that La La Land will
win Best Film. You could not have two more different films carrying
away the major prizes. For the career alone, Ken Loach deserves it.
But for I, Daniel Blake, he double deserves it. There is controversy
around it because some people are not happy at the way the benefit
system is per trade. He would argue, and I can see over your shoulder,
doing some interviews, he would argue that he and his scriptwriter,
Paul Lafferty, who he works with a lot, did lots of research, and
conducted lots of interviews. Ken Loach was supposed to have retired
from making feature films. But poll uncovered this research and it was
too much like Ken Loach for him to refuse. If he had not made this
film, I am not sure there is a simple film-maker out there who
would have made it, certainly not in this way. -- a single film-maker.
And Arnold was nominated for American honey. She's influenced by
Ken Loach. Will she be making films like that? It Ken Loach does not
make that film, the stories do not get told. It is controversial, but
all the better for it. I am glad that people there to challenge it,
because they will find it is not a false note in that movie. As the
movie is constructed, people might say gets a bit melodramatic, but was
Charles Dickens. He is making a point and sometimes cinema has to
cut straight to the heart. That is what I, Daniel Blake does. There is
Hayley Squires, having her photograph taken on the way into the
Albert Hall. A young upcoming talent. Ken Loach and his producers
went through a long casting process. He wants to work with people who are
considered unknown. He did that with Hayley Squires and Dave Johns, who
plays the character Daniel Braid. He is a stand-up comedian. Ken Loach
does not want celebrity to detract from the message. For him, the
medium of cinema is to get across this political message. A big star
might detract from that. There is Dave Johns, who plays Daniel Blake.
There are a formidable pairing that movie. They put Newcastle on the
map. It does not get enough cinematic limelight. People in
Newcastle will be cheering that film. It represents that plays well.
Daniel Blake has been received with warmth in that place. When you look
at the list, the categories, do you think Hayley Squires would have a
chance? We have mentioned it before, but Naomie Harris is very good in
Moonlight. Viola Davis, we have not spoken about her much, but she is
strong in Fences. He has won Oscars for roles in the past. It is a
strong category. The supporting categories are more interesting than
the leading categories. The supporting roles lend a certain town
to a picture. The actor can be free of the burden of carrying the whole
movie and land a different tone to it. Hugh Grant is very funny in
Florence Foster Jenkins. I think Mahershala Ali is great as well in
Moonlight. This is a Dev Patel category in Lion. He becomes the
main part of that film. People will be fond of him and the night and
homecoming king. Yes, Russell Tovey having his photo
taken. He is presenting an award tonight. Looking at the Best Actor
nominee is fair. All of them here tonight, as well. That takes us back
to something we touched on right at the start, the importance of the
BAFTAs now. It is up there, it is very much part of the award season,
not just in the States but the big film festivals as well, Venice and
Berlin. Where do you rank BAFTA, if you can, in terms of importance? If
you won BAFTA you would be very chuffed with yourself and rightly
so. What is becoming important is there are some differences, as well.
It's not the same as the Oscars, it has its own unique a very unique
British award. They look for very different things. The mix is very
crucial. They are getting it just about right this year, with the
Outstanding British Film. The Americans are pleased, nestle
alongside them. I would like to see a day where we don't have Best Film,
we just have, or best British film, just all together, with the
documentaries as well. So rich is sin are at the moment that to
delineate is very old-fashioned. Beard animated, documentary or
blockbusters. But for now the red carpet is where they are
democratically squeezed together, robbing freezing shoulders!
It suddenly got a little more, and quite. Penelope Cruz presenting an
award here tonight as well. Now we can hear ourselves and talk to each
other, just some of your grip reflections on tonight on what we've
seen, on a bitterly cold night? There have been some very beautiful
creations out there? Yes, people have been wearing them very briefly.
To my mind there hasn't been anything new or unusual. It's a
whole season of trouser suits and all in ones. We've seen nothing but
dresses tonight and it's all been very floaty and feminine. Fashion is
in a cool place at the moment. I would like to have seen people
mixing it up a bit, using more designers. I would like more British
designers on the catwalk. Surprised we haven't seen any Victoria
Beckham. She has done trousers, especially as it is so cold! It's
unusual to see so many European houses are not British houses. I'd
like to have seen more London designers, being on the eve of
London Fashion Week. Everyone looked amazing. Nod to the men as well.
That is important as well. It's interesting we always talk about
what women wear, it doesn't define them as actresses but it's great to
see them engaging with the industry. I always think we need to talk about
what men wear. Dev Patel wore Burberry, which was great. We saw a
lot of Tom Ford and Armani as well. There were some blue tuxedos, Tom
Ford in a red velvet... He always wears that. If you can get away
with! He wears these things very well. I'm sure he has snuck in the
back. Well, something of a lull here. We should point out that two
important people haven't arrived as far as we know. The Duke of
Cambridge is a patron of BAFTA. The patron of BAFTA. They had a
pre-soiree at Kensington Palace last night, a nominee 's party. That is
kind of his stomping ground. He's very much in charge of it. There was
some talk, may silly talk a few weeks ago, about whether the Dutch
ash should be coming as well, because she might be so glamorous
she might put Nicole Kidman and the others to shame, complete nonsense!
She doesn't always turn up but he himself will be here. He is
presenting the Fellowship to Mel Brooks. I think there is going to be
a gag gag waiting to happen and maybe a film coming out that at some
point. I think he's very supportive of BAFTA and I think it's very
important for BAFTA to have that edge. And again, with its
international reputation, it gives them another draw for the people
coming. I think he's very involved with that, as well. He does go to...
Before all those Royal variety shows and all those royal premiers, they
used to give them terrible films to watch but I think now we are in safe
hands and the taste has got a bit better than the bland family films
they used to put in front of his grandmother, the Queen.
Maybe this is a silly question, but is it useful for them to have that
royal patron edge? Does it boost the British Academy? I'm curious what
difference it makes. I suppose by definition it brings publicity. It
does. It makes it feel it is such an important industry. Varane was
talking about how much fashion contributes to the gross domestic
product to the country, film as well. Billions. It is vital they get
represented. Films struggled for a long time to be taken seriously. I
think that debate is over now. We can't lose sight of its commerce and
how important it is. We talked about Felicity Jones earlier, she is in
star wards broke one, a huge film around the world. For Britain to
remain the centre of that, the centre of culture, we are almost
second to La La Land in Hollywood itself, is Britain as a cultural and
creative entity. To have the royal family behind that is very
important. You are watching this BBC News
special programme live from the Royal Albert Hall in London, as we
edge up to the beginning of the British Academy film awards. The
ceremony due to begin, I believe, dead on seven o'clock. Most of the
actors, actresses, directors and producers are inside. They made
their way up the red carpet in this new venue here at the Royal Albert
Hall. The ceremony, we should say again, will be hosted by Stephen
Fry, as we have become used to. And the Fellowship tonight will be
presented by his Royal Highness the Duke of Cambridge, as we've been
reflecting. And I'm making an educated guess, perhaps they are
arriving now. That award, as we say, goes to someone who has had an
extremely long and extremely influential career, Mel Brooks. I
think 87 now, is he? He is, 87, extraordinary. The longevity of that
career... I think the Duchess and you are arriving and we'll be right
behind you, Jane. A different route for them. They get a different
carpet. They have a considerably shorter
carpet, that's what I just realise. You are at eagle eyed in a way that
I was not. Yes, just arriving behind us. The Duke of Cambridge in his
role of patron of BAFTA. And Lorraine Candy from the Sunday
Times, you were saying at the start of our programme tonight that you
hoped we would see a British dress, British designer.
I don't know, I think possibly Alexander McQueen, but... She does
look amazing, doesn't she? We will see if we can get confirmation of
that. Alexander McQueen, a label that she wears quite a lot. Yes, her
wedding dress also. Would she have thought about that dress for
tonight? Film related red carpet would...? I think she would have
wanted to support British and she knows she's going to be photographed
more than any other woman here. She would have put quite a lot of
thought into that. So, they make their way in. What's
so striking is we've been fighting the volume levels all night, as we
always do here at the BAFTAs. But because they came through a
different entrance, the vast majority of members of the public
hear clearly didn't realise they had arrived, because there was no
shouting, even I was taken by surprise.
They don't want to upstage the actresses. They're with the Chief
Executive of BAFTA, is wearing Burberry. I thought I'd get that in
there! Good inside knowledge, Jason.
That really does signify that we are very close to the ceremony starting.
We had a couple of predictions from you this evening, Jason, but I'm not
going to let you go and let this element of the evening close without
getting some firm predictions from you and then you and I will be back
together in a couple of hours from now to see whether you or I were
right. In terms of Best Film, that is distinct from the category of
Best British film, but Best Film, just to remind people the
nominations are Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, I, Daniel Blake and
Moonlight and La La Land. Do I gather you are calling that the La
La Land? Yes, 11 nominations and I think that heft will carry it
through. I'd love it to be Moonlight but I think it is La La Land and I
will be delighted for that as well. Yes, I guess I feel the same as you.
I would love it to be Moonlight. Outstanding British Film, forgive
me, apologies to some because we have barely mentions of those
mentioned. Fantastic beast and where to find them is among them. I,
Daniel Blake, you would think? Yes, I think I, Daniel Blake. A foreign
film in the British category, under the shadow, set in Iran in the 80s
but I think it is a I, Daniel Blake. A tremendous year and winning in
Cannes and I think he will carry that momentum through to winning
tonight. And the shouting her shouted again. I think that is
because Casey Affleck has arrived. Yes, he is over there, hiding with a
beard, not how he appears in the film. Casey Affleck, he is in
Manchester by the Sea. Probably the hot favourite to win Best Actor 's
night. He's got the pressure from Andrew Garfield behind him but I
think it is Casey Affleck's, it seems he is winning everywhere else.
I have to say, it's not the performance I love the most, but I
see why it is getting a lot of heft behind it and I think it's probably
going to carry at all the way through to the Oscars. Hard to see
anyone coming in and tripping up Casey Affleck other than his own
beard. Jason Solomons and Lorraine Candy, fantastic to have you
alongside me and bearing the cold. We could even hear each other for
some of it, an absolute treat! Thank you. The British film Academy Awards
will get underway in the next 15 minutes or so and we will have a
special results programme for you here on BBC News. Jason and I will
be back with you for that at 9:30pm this evening. We will see whether
Jason's predictions are indeed correct. Let's find out what
happens. For now, from here, alongside the red carpet at the
Royal Albert Hall in London, it is goodbye for now.