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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the majestic Royal Albert Hall for the
EE British Academy Film Awards. Join us now, as we meet some of the most
celebrated stars in cinema. Welcome to the Baftas.
It's just a lovely place to be be and to be able to show up and just
say thank you to people. The fun of the moment. This red
carpet and seeing all the fans and everybody arriving, all looking
dapper. My mum and step dad are hugely excited. It is a really
special evening for me. And tonight, we're in the presence of royalty.
Very exciting. Overwhelming. Cold, you know. All the bested a jectives.
-- all the best adjectives. It is insane. You go from your normal life
and you are like - oh, people are nuts. It is my first time at the
Baftas. It is such an honour. It is always so wonderful and strange.
Well, I don't know if they are fans, but it is good to have a crowd, yes.
I just think it is a state of madness Such a huge honour and
achievement to be here and considered with such talent. But who
will be taking home a beloved Bafta mask? We are about to find out I'm
just so excited to be here. I've got my whole family. It's time for the
British Academy Film Awards. Ladies and Gentlemen,
please welcome Cirque du I can't tell you how long we had to
rehearse that. Dance is my life. I haven't been surrounded by so many
thrillingly lithe and muscular bodies since -
well, since last night. So the warmest welcome ladies
and gentlemen to the Magnificent Royal Albert Hall
for the EE British beasts we have found
for our annual celebration of all that is wonderful
in the world of filmed So wonderful that we cut it down to
a healthy two minutes for you to watch. As my dear grandma used to
say. Cop of load of this, bitches. You had a guy with a case
full of monsters, huh? APPLAUSE
A great year in film. We are delighted that
their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge are here for In fact, we're especially
pleased that the Duchess is here as she'll be such
a support to her husband who, after watching
a recent episode of Who Do You Think You Are?
is still recovering from the devastating news that
he's related to Danny Dyer. Now, I look down on row
after row of the most in their beautiful,
borrowed evening wear, by the force of her sheer
magnetism, I'm instantly attracted to Emma Stone -
star of one of the nominated films, the
entrancing La La Land. Hers was a quite
brilliant performance singing, dancing, and most
astonishingly of all, pretending Also here is master film-maker Ken
Now Ken Loach could have been influenced by
La La Land to capture the glitz, glamour and fun,
fun, fun of the British social welfare benefits
But instead he went the other way and produced a passionate
masterpiece of realism, wrath and outrage.
I see two of its stars here, the magnificent Hayley
The arrival of Arrival made us all wonder if we
could ever find a rival to rival Arrival's arrival.
Here is its star, and the star of course of the stunning
In Arrival, Amy plays a linguist employed to decipher
unintelligible utterings that make no apparent
She will be standing by in the wings all
evening to help us out as the winners leap up to
Now ladies and gentlemen, we applied to the
Royal Borough of Kensington Chelsea for
planning permission to seat two huge stars next
to each other, and, wouldn't you know it, they
triumph in the ear-shatteringly brilliant Florence
Cary and Student, Hugh Grant. and unquestionably one
of the greatest actresses of all time - what kind of
Now Miss Streep, I want to call you Dame Merrell, if you were British
you would have been Damed five times over.
It is a little tradition here at Bafta to ask an
esteemed member of our audience to give me a kiss.
Oh, thank you, bless you. You know what... Wow. Never in the field of
human conflict has my left cheek been so jealous of my right.
Now it's time to howl in appreciation of the
masterful Moonlight and its luminescent star,
This brutal, yet tender gem of a film left me strangely
unsettled and I couldn't quite put my finger on why.
I didn't know whether to blame it on the moonlight, blame it on the good
Eventually, I settled on the boogie.
And show my atheism the door, there must be a
God because my radar has picked up the
wonderful stars of Manchester-by-the-Sea,
Michelle Williams and Casey Affleck.
Casey is without doubt one of the most
And flay my undercarriage and grill my innards if
it isn't the breathtaking star of Girl On A Train,
Some incredible and unbelievable scenes,
particularly for commuters in southern England
And look Andrew Garfield is here.
Andrew, welcome. What a year you have had.
This astonishing true story of a conscientious
objector who saved countless lives in World War Two
without once picking up a weapon has received
rave reviews, with one notable exception.
Rifle Association didn't like it at all.
Well, I'm afraid we've now reached the legal limit
of sycophantic fawning, which is just as well
because it's time to reduce the entire year's filmic
Let's see who the Russians have decided have won, and the first
award. Outstanding British Film,
in honour of legendary And to present it the radiant
and dazzling stars of the wonderful Lion, the true
story of a young boy who gets lost in India,
finds his way to Australia, yet has a constant yearning
for his mother - what Please welcome, the Lion
King and Lion Queen, Hello, I'm so excited to be
here, in the wonderful Royal Albert Hall to present
this the first Bafta of Yup, to kick off things off
we are here to honour this year's Outstanding
British Films. I've created this?
No, mate... If I was going to create a scene,
you'd know about it. I'm sorry, love, but you're
going to have to go. Jesus Christ! Who's first
in this queue? I am. Do you mind if this young
lass signs on first? Now you can go back to your
desk and let her sign on and do the job the
taxpayer pays you for. What's your name?
Destiny. Destiny, I'm Jake.
Nice to meet you. This is my younger sister, Star.
You want my mom? No, but can you do me a favour?
Do one favour. Can you feel this material?
Just feel it. What does that feel like to you?
I don't know about that. You know what kind
of material it is? I'm not a Holocaust historian.
I'm a Hitler historian. Then why don't you keep your mouth
shut about the Holocaust? The truth is, as usual, Mr Irving,
you jump in off the board, spouting whatever rubbish comes
into your head in order to avoid This is not because you
are a rotten historian. It's because you are
a bent one as well. Why should this experience
strike one as being beautiful? I, Daniel Blake.
CHEERING Well, wow. This is extraordinary. A
huge thank you to the academy. And, from all of us, from all who made
the film, starting with Paul, Rebecca, who wrote this script and
produced, to those who made it, the people in Newcastle, and the
distributors, and thank you to the academy for endorsing the truth of
what the film says, which hundreds of thousands of people in this
country know, and that is that the most vulnerable and the poorest
people are treated by this government with a callous brutality
that is disgraceful. APPLAUSE
And its... It's a brutality that extends to keeping out refugee
children that we promised to help, and that's a disgrace.
CHEERING But films can do many things. They
can entertain, they can terrify, they can take us to worlds of the
imagination, they can make us laugh, and they can tell us about the real
world we live in, and, in that real world, it's a bit of a difficult
speech, sorry! In that real world and it's getting darker, we know.
And in the struggle that coming between the rich and the powerful,
wealth and privilege, and the big corporations and the politicians who
speak for them, on the one hand, and the rest of us on the other,
film-makers, and we are all film-makers here, film-makers know
which side they are on and, despite the glitz and glamour of occasions
like this, we are with the people. Thanks for this.
CHEERING The next award is for EE Rising Star
and is given in honour of legendary It has the unique distinction of,
well, its name, and the fact that it is the only award voted
for by the public. Though the way things have been
lately, I'm not entirely sure To present it, a beguilingly
brilliant and powerful actress, so wonderful in the extraordinary
Fences, I am considering having one built around her
to keep her all to myself. It's great to be here to present the
Rising Star Award. Looking out into the
audience, I can see many former nominees
of this wonderful accolade - people whose stars
most definitely have risen and whose glow
we can all now thankfully And that they have all gone
on to such wonderful things is testament to these
special awards, for recognising, encouraging
and nurturing talent, so Something I know each of those
nominated tonight will be incredibly Now are you going to come
along peacefully or not? Why can't you help me out a little
bit for once instead of dragging me to the lawyers and a funeral parlour
and a morgue? We're looking for you.
Why? One second, I've
just got to log off. Hello, hello, my name is Casey Cook.
I'm being held in a basement. I've been abducted
with two other girls. I'm going to break the rules.
I'm going to write the rules. The car is not going on.
The car isn't fucking going on! If another wave catches us down here
we will die. We have to climb
that tree right now. You have a metal arm?
That is awesome, dude. We may lose the small battles
but win the big war. Tom Holland.
CHEERING Wow, wow! It's amazing to be up
here. Two thank yous right off the bat, Bafta for nominating me and the
British public for voting and showing your support. It's tough
voting online. Believe me, I know. I obviously have a large list of
people I need to thank. Don't worry, I won't do that here, but please let
me thank to people sorry, mum and dad, not you. It's not an actor,
director or producer or an agent, because we get thanked all the time.
I want to thank two acting coaches, because this is a profession that
isn't praised enough, because actors don't like to admit that we need
help sometimes suddenly Evans and Ben curfew, nick, you helped me
become the best video that I could be and you coached me to be Lucas in
The Impossible Is. Without those roles, I wouldn't be holding this. "
Nick, thank you very much. Everybody else, check your phones. I will
shoot you a text. To present the award
for Adapted Screenplay a pair of adored actors who met
when they both appeared in The Devil Wears Prada
and became not just friends, but relatives, when she introduced
him to her older sister, Iit really is quite
the exclusive dating Please welcome, the
indescribably incredible in-laws, Stanley Tucci
and Emily Blunt. It's lovely to be here to present
the award for adapted screenplay. I can't believe you slept with my
wife. We shared a bedroom. We were children growing up together.
Anyway, let's hear the nominations. When you love someone,
you work it out. I can't do this with
you any more, Edward. We're orbiting the Earth
at what speed now? 17,544 mph at the time the rocket
delivers the capsule That's one hell
of a speeding ticket. There wasn't a day I
didn't want to tell you. She needs to see how
beautiful you are. I was told I don't have
to carry a weapon. There are a lot of ways you can
interpret what he said? I don't need an interpreter
to know what this means. Russia just executed one
of their own experts "Many become one" could just
be their way of saying Why hand it out in pieces?
Why not just give it all over? What better way to force us
to work together for once. Thanks to the Academy and the
voters. A few quick thanks, I guess I'll start at the beginning with our
producers Ian and Mel and Andrew and Harvey Weinstein who championed this
film all the way through, including the championing of its unusual
structure. Speaking of that structure, to the incredible
five-year-old non-professional actor...
APPLAUSE A five-year-old non-professional
actor who carried this entire film for its first half and is a
discovery for the agents. And to Dev Patel, a professional actor who then
takes the film and makes it his own for the second half. To all of our
other cast and crew, Nicole Kidman, and David and the others, for making
this film grow so much and finally and most importantly of all, this is
for Gus Davis, our beloved director, who, whatever the merits of the
screenplay, it is Gus who took the screenplay and made it into the
Butism film about love and sensitivity that it is and to you,
Gus, thank you for doing that. Thank you very much.
APPLAUSE We must now immediately trigger
Article 50 so we can leave the last award and get on with the next,
which is for Supporting Actress. And who better to present it
than the actor who gets all the parts Vin Diesel
and Dwayne Johnson turn down - WHISTLE #
so kind. My school was so kind and when it
came it drama, theatre, I played almost exclusively female parts. I
should say female roles. It sounds better. I played almost exclusively
female roles and that's why I've always felt a great solidarity with
actresses because basically I was one for quite a long time and it is
a great honour tonight for revealing the nominees in the category of Best
Supporting Actress. Here they are: It's not easy for me to admit
that I've been standing I've been right here
with this, right. I gave 18 years of my life to stand
in the same spot as you! Don't you think I ever
wanted other things? Don't you think I had
dreams and hopes? What about my life?
What about me? Don't you think I ever
wanted other things? It's not...
Let me finish. That bitch over there
ain't no kin of you. If you can't deal with it any more,
I can't tell you any more. I've got to go back inside,
do you understand? I don't want to speak
to you any more. And one day you'll
tell me all about it. You'll tell me everything,
who you are, everything. And to all the other wonderful
nominees Naomie, Nicole, whom am I forgetting, shit, I'm so sorry, and
my shell. August Wilson, you know my father groomed horses at the
racetrack and he had a fifth grade education and he was a janitor
towards the end of his life when he died at cancer, at a MacDonalds. And
the reason why I say that is when he took his last breath one of the most
devastating things that went through my mind is - did his life matter?
And August answers that question so brilliantly because what he did is
he said that our lives mattered as African-Americans. The horse
groomer, the sanitation worker. The people who grew up under the heavy
brute of Jim Crowe. APPLAUSE
The people who did not make it into history books, but they have a story
and those stories deserve to be told. Because they lived. And, so,
thank you August, thank you Denzel Washington. Thank you for honouring
actors and not the sky, because sometimes you know we're sacrificed
for great cinematic vision, which is not bad, but it's nice to be the
centre and the focus as an actor and to Michael Williamson and Steven
McKinley Henderson and Joe and Rustle, and Sydney and all the
wonderful, you know actors and Paramount, Macros Browne, Scott,
Molly, Todd, Black. To my beautiful husband Julius of 13 years and my
daughter General he is Is, who every time I tell her a story at night --
Genesis. She says the most important phrase, "mummy, please put me in the
story." And I do. Thank you. Buzz Lightyear, Kung Fu Panda
and Lightening McQueen couldn't be here tonight, instead,
to make the presentation a couple She was genetically engineered to be
superb in Jurassic World Which call me pedantic included
dinosaurs from many other eras. Please welcome Bryce Dallas
Howard and Riz Ahmed. For me, the true gift
of the Animated Film is that they have absolutely no
boundaries to creativity or vision. Whatever the writer or director can
dream up, the hugely talented animators can deliver -
and this creates an environment where imagination
truly can run wild. And I don't trust cartoons because
nothing's real. Oh, here are the nominations:
How are you going to find your parents?
I'm a bit new to the memory thing so I can't say for sure
but something tells me they were mostly blue
with maybe yellow. That sounds right.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to know them when I see them.
So, no matter what type of animal you are, from the biggest
elephant to our first fox, I implore you, try, try to make
Just tell me of our quest and I'll quickly demonstrate my
You've got my attention. I promise I won't even blink.
I actually don't think I even can blink. Do I have eyelids?
Wow. I'm not going to lie. I did not see this coming. You know this film
was a whole hearted labour of love, over five years in the making and
over the course we tried to get to a a dissolution of childhood. I came
across a quote by a great film-maker who said "Every boy wants either a
train set or to make a martial arts movie." I never had a train set so I
made a movie. Hopefully one that showcases the power of family,
imagination and love and above all else, empathy. I believe Hal David
and Burt Bacharach when they said "What the world needs now is love,
sweet love." But there is another thing there is just too little of
and it is empathy, which is what this film is about. So that's why
this award means a lot to me and our entire crew. Thanks to the academy
for awarding us and to the studio and to my producer, I love you and
to our entire cast and crew. You are the best. This was about family. To
our familiar lanes loved ones, I love you. Mum and dad, I love you.
My world, my partner in crime, my dream team, I love all of you. And
tonight with this exquisite shiny metal cudgle non-hand, I'm pretty
fond of you guys, too. So, cheers, thank you.
On we trot now to Special Visual Effects and to present it,
I have issued an executive order for two outstanding actors who,
having appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and The Hobbit,
respectively, will both have spent plenty of time working
with various peculiar, hairy little creatures.
Please welcome the English Rose that is Daisy Ridley and the Welsh
For me the true magic of Special Visual Effects
is creating something that simply couldn't be conjured
Yeah, funny you should say that Daisy,
'conjuring' right now as I've forgotten the envelope.
Well, luckily enough I can sort that, I've got
Not bad. Upstaged, much. OK, let's have a look at the
nominees. The Jungle Book.
CHEERING Thank you so much to the British
academy and the UK in general for allowing us in the country. We
really appreciate that. Also, I guess I have to thank the UK for
Kipling, a good story we had to work from, and if I can introduce the
people most responsible, besides Disney, these three geniuses behind
me. Thanks. We wanted to say thanks to Bafta for recognising the over
800 artists at MPC film who filmed every blade of grass and tuft of
hair made by our designs, so this is for you guys. Cheers. I want to
thank my team back in New Zealand. Very talented. Lastly, I'd like to
thank all the fathers, mothers, spouses and families of all the
others. Without your love and support, we couldn't do it. Thank
you very much. Now, much like one of our Trident
missiles, I'm going to veer a little off course to celebrate
a very important birthday. I'm certain that due
to the odd nip here, tuck there and of course,
the blatant bottom lift, you'll all be astonished to learn
that Bafta is 70 years This world-leading arts educational
charity produces literally hundreds range of activities
and scholarships, to ensure that talented people,
regardless of their background, are identified and encouraged
from the very beginning of their careers and how wonderful
to see so many beneficiaries And if you at home feel
inspired by tonight's awards come 70th birthday bash,
please pay a visit And no birthday is complete
without a chorus of Happy Birthday, so your Royal Highness,
as our President, if you'll lead us Ah, what a shame, I'm told we don't
have time. Moving on, the next award, given in
honour of the screenwriter and is for Outstanding Debut
by a British Writer, Director or Producer
and making their debuts as presenters of this award
is a brace of brilliance. One is the star of the S classic
Fifty Shades of Grey, while the other was wonderful
in the S classic, Please applaud sado-masochistically
for Jamie Dornan and Rafe Spall. Please spank yourself and your
neighbour violently. It's a total honour to be here this
evening to present the Bafta for Outstanding Debut by a Producer,
Director or Writer. Most of us in this room know how
hard it is to get that initial People don't want to give
good-looking people opportunities in this industry. But his father was a
great live respected actor, so it was hard for him to get through.
Couldn't get in the room. Let's look at the nominations.
With the human race under threat from a mutant fungus that turns
people into zombies, The Girl With All The Gifts
is the story of a special young girl called Melanie who may hold the key
to humanity's survival, in this original take
The Pass follows professional footballer Jason, who begins
to struggle with his sexuality after kissing team-mate Ade.
As Jason's fame grows, so does his torment,
as he's torn apart by a secret he just cannot shake.
In an intimate documentary about the police killing
of Mark Duggan that sparked riots across the UK in 2011,
The Hard Stop features two of Duggan's closest friends
as they come to terms with their loss and try to move
Where they say that they don't discriminate against you if you've
been to prison and that, that's all bollocks. They do.
Set against a backdrop of war-torn Tehran in the 1980s,
Under The Shadow focuses on a mother and daughter haunted by the presence
of something supernatural, in this gripping and original thriller.
Featuring original audio tape recordings where
Professor John Hull, who became blind at the age of 48,
Notes On Blindness captures the fears and emotions of losing one's
sight, in a beautiful and inspiring documentary film.
I thought, that's it. It's a gift.
Under The Shadow. Babak Anvari, Emily Leo, Oliver Roskill.
Wow. Breathing now. This is such an honour. It's magnificent. It's a
great honour to be in such an auspicious category, with all the
great, talented, great debut film-makers. Sorry, I know we don't
have much time, so on behalf of my producers and I, we'd like to
thank... I did write a little speech, just not to myself. We would
like to thank... Brilliant cast members, especially our leads, our
great crew, the royal film commission of John Donne, the Bill
Hoffman dumb institute and everyone who helped us bring this film to
light. -- the Bill Hoffman institute. I'd like to thank my
producers for taking a risk on this strange film and my great
cinematographer and great friend Kate Fraser, who was on board in
this project from day one, who had my back, my family, my brother and
my wonderful, wonderful girlfriend, Rihanna, for her nonstop love and
support. Thank you, thank you. Dishing out the award
for Supporting Actor an astonishing actress who was quite magnificent
as Jyn Erso in what my autocue The performances of the five
nominated Supporting Actors Let's take a look at some
of their incredible work. Do you have any idea
what it is like knowing my real brother and mother spent every day
of their lives How every day my real
brother screams my name? Shut your eyes,
I will recite for you. Bright Star, would I,
most steadfast as thou art. In lone splender run aloft
the night, and watching with eternal In a year's time, it is my teasing
you are going to miss. Something to love about when you
stand on my grave and wish me well. OK, I'm a Gemini, my favourite
colour is pink, I like Well, that just happened. Words,
words... Oh, my God. This is so overwhelming. I sit at home and
watch this with my family, who are here with me tonight, it is such an
overwhelming feeling. My mum and dad, I love you guys so much. This
is a film about family but I love that it transcends borders, race,
colour, anything. You guys are my driving force and I'd like to thank
little Sunny, who led this film with such confidence. He truly is a star.
Garth Davis, our incredible director, who is going to be a
friend of mine for life. Harvey Weinstein, Christine and Cara, and
to my amazing team who had the insane task of trying to get this
Indian dude, this noodle with wonky teeth and a lazy eye and floppy hair
working in this industry. You guys are my heroes. Stephanie coma, Sarah
grace, Christine and Carl... I don't know what to say except that I'm so
grateful. I'm terrible at this. Thank you so much. It means so much.
I want to thank, of course, the independent judges and, if you
didn't win, I am sure you will take it with grace and honour and not
reject the result of an independent judiciary, or try and buy another
judge to give you a different version. You will take it with grace
and decency. Plenty more awards still to come, including leading
actor, actress, director and film, as well as a special fellowship.
Ladies and gentlemen, you won't need me to remind
you what a 12 months of loss we have endured.
We now remember and cherish the many friends and colleagues
whose lives may be over, but whose legacies will live
To play for us we have BBC Young Musician 2016
I think you've made your point, Goldfinger.
I'm an actress. What?
On the stage. Oh, on the stage!
Why, you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy looking nerf-herder!
My life is full because I know that I am loved.
Thank you to the hugely talented Sheku for that wonderful rendition
of the sorely missed Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah.
I can't help feeling that the best of us have gone. The people you
love, Robertp Montgomery said, the people you love become ghosts inside
you and like this, keep them alive. It's now time for the Outstanding
British Contribution to Cinema award, given in honour of the great
British producer, Michael Balcon. To make the presentation a French
actress tres magnifique, who has appeared in over 100 films
including The Lacemaker, La Ceremonie and most recently
who gave a shatteringly brilliant Mesdames et Messieurs, s'il vous
plait, bienvenue, Isabelle Huppert. Can I just say, after receiving
a Bafta for most promising newcomer in 1978, I really had no idea I'd be
back so soon. I'm incredibly delighted
and honoured to be able to present this Outstanding British
Contribution Award to an organisation so very
close to my heart. As a champion of independent cinema,
Curzon hold a unique place not only in our industry,
but in our affections. Not least my own, having been lucky
enough to have appeared in six films under their banner,
I know first hand just how special Constantly devoted between building
bridges between countries. Today, we need that more than ever. We will
always need the United Kingdom, whatever happens.
APPLAUSE Time now to take a look at just some
of the highlights, from that wonderful contribution they have
made to independent cinema. In 1934, the first Curzon Cinema
opened its doors in Mayfair. foreign-language films
to a London audience. Today, there are 13 Curzon
theatres across the UK. In 2006, distribution
label Artificial Eye And now the group has more than 400
films in its collection, furthering the commitment to independent
cinema, collecting an impressive 16 Julianne Moore taking
the 2015 Best Actress You have been seeing
a neurologist, why? It might be early outset
Alzheimer's disease. In 2010, Curzon launched a home
cinema service, bringing their catalogue of world,
independent and arthouse films Offering its 7.5 million customers
the chance to enjoy brand-new films from home, often on the same day
as their theatrical release. Including the critically
acclaimed British You really believe you haven't
been enough for me? No, I think I was enough for you,
but I'm not sure you do. The Curzon Group is admired
and cherished for their unique heritage and pioneering
approach to the distribution And with a firm focus
on the future, this iconic brand continues to blaze
a trail for world cinema. And so to receive the
award, please welcome I'll try to keep this short,
unlike some of the films What an amazing privilege
to be standing here following in the footsteps
of so many giants of the This award is for every
single person who works at From those who sell
the tickets to the wonderful team that buy
the films - all 280 of us We are immensely proud
and grateful to have a It means more to us
than you will ever know. We love what we do but it's
the directors that make us who we are,
and you just saw a few of From Charlie Chaplin
to Michael Haneke and everyone in between, our goal
is to I want to thank all the filmmakers
who have entrusted us with their work, they are the reason
why we're so passionate I will briefly mention
three people without whom Roger Wingate who has been chairman
of Curzon for 50 of its 80-year Louisa Dent who ensures
the quality of And Tony Tabatznik who has been
an incredible supporter of Curzon's We celebrate our common
humanity through the I believe many of our films have
contributed to that. But all of us at Curzon
are concerned about the future. But if, after Brexit,
the essential EU support we receive stops, or is not replaced,
then the risks we take with films
that exist outside of the mainstream will become
much harder and all But whatever the outcome
of Brexit you can rest assured that we will
continue to seek out challenging new films
with bold, diverse and authentic voices; striving
to find news ways of engaging with audiences
and screening unforgettable films
in great new cinemas and on And finally - and I know she's
going to kill me for this - I want to
thank my wife Wendy. You have been my rock and it is only
your love and patience and understanding
that has allowed me, somewhat obsessively,
to indulge my passion for And from all of us at
Curzon thank you Bafta. The Bafta for Original Screenplay
has elbowed its way to the front of the queue now, and waiting
there for it an actress soon to be Like Amex, she's gold and she's
black. Please raise the roof
of the Albert Hall, but then replace it as this is a listed building,
and welcome, Thandie Newton. Thank you. It is a privilege to be
presenting this award tonight. It has been said that a screenplay is
not in itself a work of art, it's an invitation to collaborate on the
creation of a work of heart. Tonight's five nominees issued that
invitation and the results are extraordinary. Let's take a look at
the fruits of their labour. All right, I remember you,
I was a little curt that night. All right, I was an ass-hole, I can
admit that. But requesting I ran from a serious
musician, it is too far. My Lord, did you just
say a serious musician? Because I have an audition next
week, I am playing serious You could do that anyway,
there are plenty of All my friends are here,
I'm on the oche team. I have two girlfriends,
I'm in a band. You are a janitor,
what the hell do you But your heart has not got to be
black like mine, baby. We would be obliged
if you would provide accommodations, we failed to call
ahead. On your last legs in the nursing
home, you will think of me Kenneth Mulligan, Manchester By The
Sea. This is genuinely overwhelming. I
never thought I'd be standing on stage at the Albert Hall. I just
want to thank everyone, really, everyone in the room. Thank you,
Bafta, so much. Thank you studio Canal, thank you Amazon. I'm very
proud to be hit, representing the nominees for original screenplay and
all of the screenwriters we have had who have made wonderful films.
Screenwriters are in a wonderful position because screenwriters alone
understand the thrill of watching an actor become a character that you
only imagined. My cast in Manchester By The Sea is among the finest I've
ever worked with. It's among the finest casts I've ever seen in a
film. Casey, Lucas Hedges, I can't tell you what an honour it is to
have worked with you. I'm a single out Casey for one of the most
brilliant performances I've ever seen. I'd like to thank my
producers, Kimberly Stuart, Chris more. We tried to make a film about
looking grief and sorrow in the face and we found that, when you do that,
you find love and duty coming with it. Wherever in the world you find
loss and sadness, you find love and strength as well. If I may indulge
in a personal anecdote, the morning after the presidential election in
the United States, my daughter woke up in tears, she didn't want to go
to school. My wife insisted that she go. She said, there are children at
school who might be frightened and you could help them. She turned 15
two weeks ago. She's been to five protests and demonstrations in that
time. I'm very proud of her. APPLAUSE
I'm very grateful to my wife, I love her very much. Nelly Lonergan, if
you are watching this in New York, are you, too. Thank you all very
much. -- I love you, too. To present the next award
for Leading Actor over 1.5 million people signed a petition
demanding a State Visit from one of And after very little debate, well,
none, we sent out the invitation. So please welcome,
the gifted Penelope Cruz. Let's take a look at
the nominees for Leading Actor. To her, they were the most
dangerous fairy tales ever invented, designed to elicit
blind obedience, and strike fear Clearly there anything worse
than death would be the knowledge that her rotting flesh will be
trapped for all eternity inside a rotting box,
and buried in the middle of a They pulled Randy out, she's passed
out on the stairs. And then the furnace blew,
they could not get back in again. And I want to know if they knew it
was happening. I hear what you are saying,
but I don't think That is what you're saying,
but that is not what The room looks very different from
here. My heart is beating. It's an exciting moment. These clips that we
see of the actors are always such moments of heightened emotion, and
that so often celebrated. I think it's because they are the hardest to
understand in our lives, and the reason that I act is because, when I
was a young kid, my mother would take me to meetings for children of
alcoholics and there would be lots of kids there and they'd re-enact
the person at their home who they were trying to understand. And it
was acting, and acting as sort of been there for me ever since. It's a
privilege to get to do it for a living. So, if you were wondering,
that's why I act. That said, if I had an ounce of the talent of these
composers or animators or the acrobats and we saw earlier, I would
probably be doing that. But the reason I'm here right now tonight is
because of Kenneth Lonergan and his sublime screenplay. It really
dignifies everyday lives and their rules with great compassion. I will
never be able to express my gratitude to him. And I accept this
as a representative of the entire cast, Michelle and Kyle, because
that's really how it works. We are all together. This is an honour I
will never forget. And cute the academy. Thank you very much. --
thank you to the academy. Thank you so much.
Gliding on now with all the grace of a generously moisturised kipper,
we come to the award for Director in honour of David Lean.
And to enlighten you as to the recipient,
a giant of the acting profession, in fact, a big friendly giant.
Well, actually, he's a big, friendly, prodigiously talented,
Please welcome the utterly untouchable, Sir Mark Rylance.
Good evening. All of our work in film, whether you are an actor,
designer, producer, whatever you do, all of that is channelled and
communicated to the audience through the consciousness of the director.
They have the interesting job of holding the audience in their mind
and heart. They must ask the question, what does an audience need
to know? What do they need to feel? How do they need to know that? How
do they need to feel it? Perhaps most interestingly, when do they
need to know it and feel it is Tremarco I don't know how you feel
these days, but I certainly feel that so many stories in society that
I took for granted are being challenged, stories I learned from
my grandparents and parents, such as the kindness -- be kind to
strangers, love other people more than yourself. Stories I learned
from films like It's A Wonderful Life, that people are more important
than money, that love is the greatest thing you can experience.
In a time when these stories are being challenged, I can think of no
time that a film director is more needed in society. These five
directors have made wonderful films and have been nominated tonight for
a Bafta. Let's look at their work. Sitting there with
your name tag on your chest, Anne, in front of a sick man
offering jobs I can't take anyway. Wasting my time,
your employer's time, my time, all it does is humiliate
me, grind me down. How do you give up
on becoming an artist? Because I'm too cynical
to be an artist. I think that to be really,
really good you have to come from someplace inside that
I'm not sure I have. # It's another day
of sun, sun, sun, sun Congratulations. Thank you. Thank
you so much. Thank you to the academy. This is an incredible
honour. One of the biggest pleasures to actually being here tonight is to
be with and to sit with some of the people I made the movie with, tom
cat Mike Ross, Selina, Mary, David, my producers, Fred, Jordan, Mark.
It's just an honour to make a movie with you and to get to celebrate
this with you. I also want to give a special shout out to my friend,
former roommate, collaborator of, I think, 12 plus years, Justin, for
inspiring me and inspiring all of us with the most beautiful music I
could imagine. I want to thank Lions gate UK for all of your work and
finally I want to thank Olivia, my love, for inspiring me everyday.
Thank you, so, so much. The next award is made
up of two parts. Leading and Actress,
and in temporary charge of it, a sublime actor who recently
smuggled a suitcase of fantastic beasts in to America,
and in so doing, inadvertently as I'm sure many of tonight's
nominees will have done I give you, the stupendous,
Eddie Redmayne. For me, it's impossible to separate
the wonderful performances made by each of the truly exceptional
talents nominated in the Leading I'm utterly thrilled I don't have to
you make the choice. Let us take a look.
Death has been my constant companion for almost 50 years.
I've been living day-to-day with my body, never
knowing whether my mind will desert me.
But I have fought, and I have fought and I have fought.
Believe it or not, I know something that is going to
I cannot explain how I know, I just do.
And when I told your daddy he got really mad.
The same thing happens every time, I get
interrupted because someone wants to get a sandwich.
Or I am crying and they start laughing.
Or there are people sitting in the waiting room,
like me, but prettier and better because maybe I'm not good enough.
You think you will control everything, that you have the world
Even ridiculous, and I let myself believe it.
This parade, who is it really for, Jack?
One more campaign stop along the way to the grave.
When I saw that woman kissing someone else...
Um, oh, well. Thank you so much for this. This is just an unbelievable
honour and thank you to Bafta. At the risk of sounding a little
redundant between us and Damien, one of the greatest parts about tonight
is sitting with all of these incredible people that made this
film. We became such a family. So thank you to them on, to Tom, David,
sap sandy, Mary, and Justin and Mandy Moore and Gillian and Mike and
the list goes on and on, our producers, Fred, Jordan, mark and
Ryan who el vats everything he touches and Damien for this
incredible opportunity. Thank you so much. This was one of the greatest
working experiences of my life and such a joy. And I don't know if you
realise this but right now this and country and the US and the world
seems to be going through a bit of a time, just a bit and in a time
that's so divisive, I think it's really special that we were all able
to come together tonight, thanks to Bafta, to celebrate the positive,
the positive - I'm losing my words, I'm sorry, this happens. The
positive gift of creativity and how it can transcend borders and how it
can help people to feel a little less alone. I'm very grateful to be
in this room. I feel very, very lucky. Thank you so much for this,
this is a huge honour, thank you. APPLAUSE
And so to the award for Best Film, and to tell us where it will be
residing, a delicious Swede and a mouth-watering Brit.
They need no introduction, other than this.
Welcome, if you will, Noomi Rapace and Tom Hiddleston.
Good evening. Good evening. This room is filled with great,
beautiful, brave artists who have collectively created unique, amazing
and breathtaking films. Films that connect us, that will put a stamp on
history. These times, when hate, fear and walls rise, our artform is
more important than ever. And we are honoured to be
here to recognise and celebrate the creative talent making up
the Best Film category. # In somebody's eyes
To light up the skies # To open the world
And send me reeling # I'll be here
And you'll be all right # I don't care if I know
Just where I will go # Cos all I need's that
Sweet, sweet feeling Did you stop even for a second
to think about the consequences Until I get my appeal date,
I'll be here every day doing this. I can't let you freak out
with the door closed. If you're going to freak out every
time you see a frozen chick then I just don't like him
being in the freezer. You have expressed
that very clearly. You've just home,
and hit the highway. Thank you. We want it thank the
academy for this massive honour. -- to thank. It means so much. We have
admiration for the British film community who challenges us and sets
the bar it tell original stories. The joy of tonight is sharing this
with the extraordinary family of artists who poured their hearts out
on this film every day, led by Emily and Emma and Ryan. Thank you guys.
Above all, if you have seen this film, you know this belongs to
Damien Chazelle whose passion and reckless ambition are surpassed only
by his great humility and generosity. We are so lucky to be on
this special journey wi Damien. We love you, thank you all. I want to
congratulate and acknowledge everyone in the room. We have spent
a lot of time with each other over the last couple of weeks, months,
and it has been a pleasure getting to know many of you. There is love
in the community and I think it is our responsibility as creators to
take it and harness it and take work that inspires joy, hope, empathy and
challenges people to dream bigger and bolder. Inspires people to
drink. Inspires people to dream, bigger and
bolder and in technicolour. I think film, when it is at its best and
most inspiring, reveals the fundamental human truth, that there
is more tying us together than tearing us apart. Lastly, ladies and
gentlemen, what we tried to do and what the all the films that you have
honoured to try to do, is demonstrate the great power of art,
the great power of artists, the greater power of cinema, that knows
no boundaries, no borders. Our language is universal. Our music is
transcendent and our passion is the glue that binds all of using
together in our collective humanity and we thank you and wish you a good
Thank you. cl Congratulations to La La Land. It
is time now for the highest honour that Bafta can bestow, the
Fellowship. To introduce it, ladies
and gentlemen, His Royal Highness, Our President, big it up for Prince
skal Bill. -- Prince Bill. Thank you.
Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. Bafta has sadly run out of actors,
so therefore I have been roped in. As President of Bafta,
it gives me great pleasure The Fellowship is the highest honour
the Academy can bestow, and is presented to an individual
who has made an outstanding and The recipient of this year's
Fellowship is an extremely talented actor, comedian, filmmaker,
composer and songwriter and, to tell you more
about his remarkable career, Thank you, your Royal Highness.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is a great honour to be here to talk about a
comedy genius. Oh, that's very kind of you, Simon,
but tonight is about Mel Brooks. Legend, icon, innovator,
and here's something you may not have heard -
Jewish. Very, very Jewish. You think you
know someone. Mel has won every award known
to man, with the possible exception of the Latin Grammy,
and I'm sure if he put his mind to it he could salsa his
way to that one too. A comic genius who singlehandedly
raised flatulence to an art form. He's brilliantly spoofed
show business, westerns, horror films, Hitchcock films,
silent films, and even This is the man who gave us singing
and dancing Nazis - hey, He gave us Hitler on ice,
Hitler on dry land, He's definitely got a thing
about Hitler. But that's the thing
with Hitler, they never tell Back to Mel - this man has
influenced generations of comedians and writers with his work
on the television classic Your Show Of Shows and his 2000 Year
Old Man recordings with Carl Reiner. No, that was Sir Alexander
Fleming from Scotland. But could Sir Alexander
Fleming do a spit take? I'm pretty sure, if we gave Mel
a lab coat, test tubes and the right chemicals,
he could come up with something just Jewish pencilin. Chicken soup.
Absolutely. Always worked for me. Because there is also
a serious side to Mel Brooks. He has been the producer
of many wonderful films, such as The Elephant Man,
Frances and The Fly, to name a few. He also went on to conquer Broadway
in 2001 with his musical version of The Producers that won the most
Tony Awards in theatrical history, a record even
Hamilton couldn't beat. Cheer up, folks. It's like you have
been at an awards show all night. The Producers was a life-changing
experience and one of the major high Thank you, Mel, for giving me
the opportunity to play the one and only Max Bialystock
and for being such a great For me, it was a print of Young
Frankenstein that meet me a Mel Brooks fan at age nine. Years later,
that was the film that resonated as the key inspiration, a shining
example of how comedy can be in love with what it is signing up.
And, now that Mel has finally reached the ripe old age of 2000,
and he doesn't look a day over 1500, folks, it's fitting that
Bafta are honouring him with their Fellowship.
Let's remind ourselves of his remarkable and extraordinary career.
For what you are about to see next, we must enter quietly,
I have one question, Doctor Frankenstein.
It's very fascinating, I'm afraid I'm going to have to hurt you.
Springtime for Hitler, a gay romp with Adolf and Eva.
You will never know how much this project excites me.
Master, how can you feel that anyone would betray you?
You who we will follow until our death.
I see your Schwartz is as big as mine.
Igor, would you give me help with the bags?
You take the blonde, I'll take the one with a turban.
And now, let's end this meeting on a high note.
Please welcome to the stage, Mel Brooks.
I think it's... The Bafta... I think Bafta has made on the Ringley good
choices tonight, especially me. -- on the Ringley good choices. But, I
want to tell you, to choose an American, why didn't I say it? I
want to thank Harvey Weinstein for having nothing to do with this award
tonight. Thanks for nothing. I want to apologise to the Duke and Duchess
and Prince Philip for the American Revolution. We were young.
Seriously, let me confide a little truth that occurred less than 40
hours ago. I went to the airport. They asked for my passport. I forgot
it. Really. And, er, it wasn't because of old age. I personally can
tell you, I've seen Stephen Fry makes three appearances before the
show began. I know... And, if I have any rewards for tonight, I would
love to meet the girl in the blue dress that came down from the
ceiling. I'm still alive. But, seriously, folks,... Er, having an
American here is very moving, and getting this a special honour,
having been given to people like Hitchcock and Olivier and
Pressburger and Powell, you know, champions and idols of my life, is a
singular and August honour, and I am very grateful. This is one of the
awards that you will not see an eBay, I promise you. EBay has all
the others, but not this one. Not this one. Anyway, I thank you from
the bottom of my heart. It's... It's been wonderful to be here. Thank
you. Oh, by the way, by the way, just a thought, the reason I forgot
my passport is because I don't think of England, seriously, I don't think
of this place as a foreign country. I think of it is like a vast
Brooklyn that just speaks better. That's all. Anyway, less you, thank
you, that's all. -- bless you. Ladies and gentlemen, we were here
the night that Mel Brooks came to London. No one can ever take that
away from us. In closing, I was trying to think, when looking at
many films that seem to rise to the top this year, and how pleasing
there is such a spread of awards for them, do they have anything in
common, some connection between them, and I could only see how
different they were. Then I remembered a story David Niven used
to tell about a dinner he was at the playwright and screenwriter Charles
MacArthur and Charlie Chaplin. MacArthur said Charlie Chaplin, I've
got a scene and I want a grand and pompous lady to slip on a banana
skin. I get a laugh from such a low-key setup? Do I show the banana
skin and then the lady, do I show them together? How do I do it? Can I
get a laugh? Charlie Chaplin said, is simple. You showed the lady
walking down the street is that you the banana skin. You see the lady
and banana skin in the same shot. Then the lady stepped over the
banana skin and disappears down a manhole. And I think that's the
point about the films that when hold us. They defy expectation and
formula. They step over the banana skin and down the manhole. I can
only quote the line from Mel Brooks, drive me off this picture. That's
it, from EE British Academy Film Awards, thank you and good night.
Thank you so much. J Roy Helland and Florence Foster
Jenkins! Thank you, Meryl. You keep coming up
with interesting characters that are so much fun to put together. La La
Land. Thank you to everybody who made the movie and thanks to the
academy. This is a very cool druggie, by the way. It's beautiful.
-- cool trophy. Jackie. Thank you for all the talented
people who supported and accompanied me in this adventure, and thank you
of course to Natalie Portman who gave life and grace to these
costumes. Thank you. The Bafta is awarded to Arrival.
The story of the sound of Arrival is a bit, like the film, it ended up
being an international collaboration. A love story.
Today is an amazing day. I hope it's like changing. -- life changing.
Home. Being British, our heart is love.
Our soul is compassion. And I think that we need that to be reflected
within our government, so thank you for this. I really appreciate it.
Hacksaw Ridge. Unfortunately John can't be here so we will ensure he
receives this award. Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them.
I'm proud to be collecting this award on behalf of Stuart Greg, who
unfortunately can't be here. This incredible and devotion and hard
work of so many talented people, the seemingly impossible was achieved.
The Bafta goes to 13. That isn't the problem in and of itself. It's a
reflection of a much larger, brutal system of racial and social control
known as mass incarceration. My name is Lisa and I had the honour of
working with the director to produce 13th. She is so heartbroken not be
here, but please know how important this specific award is to her and to
all of us. And the Bafta goes to... Son of salt.
I'd like to thank the lead actor of the film, and it was a great
opportunity to meet the British public. Thank you very much. And
thanks to the academy. Linus Sandgren for La La Land.
This is overwhelming and extremely generous of you.
CROWD CLAMOURS Karen!
Hey, Julie. JULIE LAUGHS
Stephen Fry hosts the British Academy Film Awards live from the Royal Albert Hall in London. Nominees for the coveted Bafta masks include Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, Meryl Streep, Dev Patel, Natalie Portman, Jeff Bridges, Naomie Harris and Michelle Williams, with films including Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, Nocturnal Animals, La La Land and I, Daniel Blake.