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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.


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