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Hello and welcome back to London's oil Albert Hall where the British

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Academy film awards are just concluding another ceremony for

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another year. In the presence of a host of celebrities and the Duke and

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Duchess of Cambridge. La La Land has done pretty well tonight. It was a

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love letter to Los Angeles, not perhaps the clean sweep we expected.

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Jason Solomons has been watching with me. It garnered so many

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nominations, it has performed well but not swept the board. 11

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nominations, it was led to believe it might be going for a record,

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eight or nine would have put it up there with the highest ever Bafta

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awards, but early on it was performing very well. By the end it

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did, it won five Baftas. Emma Stone for best actress, best director for

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Damien Chouly El, and best actor. It is an escapist musical? It is the

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film at the moment that is giving people a lift, a bit of sunshine in

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an ever darkening world is how it has been pitched. And that is

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interesting because for people who haven't seen it, it is so Los

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Angeles, so Hollywood, steeped in that world, and I think we were

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interested to see whether the British Academy, a different set of

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voters from the Academy Awards in the states, from the Golden Globe

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is, might not be quite as in thrall to that as an American judge might

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be. Indeed, but it turns out that the charm of the leads, Ryan Gosling

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and Emma Stone, and the craft of it all, it won for cinematography,

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those memorable shots of dancing on the freeware, the levitating people

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in the Griffith Observatory, the texture of the film, it has kind of

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one people over, and also the music which is rather an interesting

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score, because it is not an old-fashioned musical. People think

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they are seeing singing in the rain, but it isn't that, it is a modern

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musical, young indyref2 and that happens to have singing and dancing.

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Yes if you go expecting an outer night musical, might be

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disappointed. And let's talk about Ben Affleck's brother Casey, he was

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so well known, but that is becoming turned around. Yes, maybe now Ben

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Affleck will be known as the less well-known older brother. He is this

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frozen janitor from Boston who has to gently thought as he read the --

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reintegrate himself into his all live in Manchester By The Sea. This

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was a very moving speech, and he said this is why he acts, he isn't

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as talented as the guys doing animation or the acrobats, if I was

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more talented, I might do that, but I act. And that was a very well

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delivered speech, and I think it warned people to him, because it is

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not a warm performance, rather chilling one. He is not a likeable

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character in it. It is one of those films that you really appreciate and

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the script is good and the cinematography, but you don't warm

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to his character at all. It is the opposite to La La Land, it is grim

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and frozen and cold, but the screenwriter and director, Kenneth

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Lonergan, won for original screenplay as well. And we might see

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those screen awards repeated at the Oscars. It is almost literary in its

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execution, it has different phases. The real action of the film is

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buried in the past, and we find that out halfway through the film what

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that was, so it is very well structured and it might almost be

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French. That is a good way of putting it. You mentioned it picked

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up the award for original screenplay, adapted screenplay went

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to Lion, possibly some surprise but it is picked up a couple of awards

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and is a popular choice when Dev Patel picked up the acting award in

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a strong category. Absolutely, you can see the people filing out now,

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the ceremony is over. Lion picked up two awards, that is currently out in

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UK cinemas, and it is a global story about a kid from Calcutta who is

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taken off the streets and adopted by Nicole Kidman in Tasmania, he grows

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up to become Dev Patel, and this was a very well received win. Bafta feel

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some ownership over him, he is the boy who grew up in British TV, he is

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just from down the road, and we kind of feel that we own him in some way.

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He said it is a film about family, and his family were here in the

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audience, and it was a very warm moment, and sometimes you realise

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that the Baftas is quite a small club, and I think he is the poster

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boy tonight. It means a big British star is born with Dev Patel, he has

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been around a long time but he is only 25, a lot of good performances

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to come. Even younger than I thought! And what is so striking,

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Luke Davis picking up that award for the screenplay for Lion. And also

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the little boy who is in the first half of the film, who plays the

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young Dev Patel, and the film you could argue is worth seeing just

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him, it is quite extraordinary what they achieve with someone so young.

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He was six when they first put him in the film. He was cast off the

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streets in India, they saw 2500 children and they found a gem. Not

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nominated, possibly unfairly, because if he had been, it would

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have been unfair not to give it to him. A few years ago at the Baftas

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when Jamie bell, little Billy Elliot, Peter Russell Crowe to the

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best actor prize. But the film did very well, it is a tear-jerker about

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people trying to find their family and find their sense of belonging,

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so it takes many boxes for many people, but able cry in different

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places, in the start, at the end. I think I cried at all of it! One of

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the things that sets the British Academy Awards parties we have a

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separate category for Best British film, and I should not the fact that

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most of your predictions are coming tonight, and indeed, the Ken Loach

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film, I Daniel Blake took the award, an extraordinary film maker still

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working at the age of 80. Yes, he won outstanding British film for I

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Daniel Blake. I should have put some money on this! The very first award

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they give out here is outstanding British film, and it went to Ken

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Loach who has been doing this for 50 years, 50 years, such a titan of the

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British film industry, and Cathy Come Home was a famous TV movie, so

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it is extraordinary that he is still doing it, it is still relevant, and

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that is the point. It is relevant and hard-hitting, and a shocking

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film, as Cathy Come Home was, sad because the politics of the country

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have not moved on enough. All of the award ceremonies in America have

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been making speeches against Donald Trump and stuff, have we been

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thinking that we might get that here? Ken Loach gave a searing

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indictment of the divide that separates the country between the

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haves and the have nots. And he said the film-makers in this room,

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despite the glitz and glamour, they know that they have to be on the

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side of the people, and that is very important for film-makers to tell

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stories that are relevant, and he is right, because if audiences don't

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come, the film makers don't make the money, so they have to go for it. It

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did hit home. So it thoroughly deserves that, and it is the

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outstanding British film of the year, it won in Cannes last year.

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I'm delighted that award, sorry for the others that were up against it,

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but it is a once-in-a-lifetime phenomenon in. We talked a lot about

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the winners, but interesting to just pick-up on what we were discussing

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out on the red carpet a couple of hours ago. Nothing at all for

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Moonlight, which surely is one of the best films of the season, but

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sadly nothing tonight. One of the stories to emerge from tonight is a

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complete shutout for Moonlight, which I think was one of my

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favourite film is going in, and many people's favourites to come out of

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the UK yet. It is a favourite at the Oscars and here. And I really

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thought it would get some. There was a point when it seemed every film

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that was nominated were getting something, 15 films had got

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something, and I said, but not Moonlight yet, and I realised it was

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going to be the film that suffered. Nothing to Naomi Harris, nothing for

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the texture of the performances. It was shutout, and I feel that that is

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going to create some waves. I think it is a real shame because it is

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such a beautiful film. Bafta had a chance to reward it somewhere and it

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seems to have missed that opportunity, and people will be

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noting that in America, they might accuse Bafta of some kind of

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institutional racism, I'm not saying that that is true, because of course

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via the Davis and Dev Patel won, but it was seen as a real flag bearer

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for the diversity debate which is occupied the British can and the

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Oscar academy. And you mentioned Viola Davis, she has won for Fences

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by Denzel Washington, a fabulous actress, always gives a great

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performance, but there were others in that category we might have

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thought might come through, Naomi Harris possibly Haley Squires, a

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searing performance again in the Ken Loach film. Yes, and I always think

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the Bafta audience tend to go for the homegirl the homeboy, they tend

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to vote for the person closer to home, it is unusual for them to go

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for an American actress ahead of them. Perhaps the most interesting

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category out there, Haley Squires is terrific in I Daniel Blake, you feel

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the cold and hunger affecting her. And Naomi Harris in such a short

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time in that film, Moonlight, gives a beautiful performance as a mother

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struggling with crack addiction and trying to love her child, but Viola

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Davis, you see the picture of her crying, she does snotty crying

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better than any other actress on the planet. I am fond of Fences, people

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said it was theatrical and it is a adaptation of a performance that

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already won her a Tony award. It is almost a film record of that

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performance, but there is something with the cameras, doing the

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close-up, doing the performance again, and it is hard to argue with

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except you might have thought, we are Bafta, we should have awarded it

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to a Brit, but that is me being parochial. Oney of the other things

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that Bafta does a little differently, the category of rising

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star, and that is voted for by the public, a panel chooses the short

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list but then the public are able to vote for who they want. And when Tom

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Holland stood up and accepted the award, I thought, my goodness, are

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you only 20? With that poise and confidence. He has played Billy

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Elliot on the London West End stage, maybe that is partly where that

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comes from, but what did you make of that? I said on the red carpet

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earlier that it is the person who always ends up in the biggest film,

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always ends up winning, because the public vote, they haven't seen this,

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he is Spiderman in the forthcoming Spiderman movie, we had a taster of

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him in the Captain America movie earlier this year, last year, and so

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those Spiderman fan boys are voting away on their phones saying, Tom

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Holland, he is a great little actor, only 20, seemed kind of think, are

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you allowed up at this time? Shouldn't you be in bed? But he is

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20. He is the son of Radio 4 comic and pundit Dominic Holland, and he

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has been around acting on the London stage, but Spiderman as a whole

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other level. These things are not easy to do, and he owns a massive

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blockbuster like that, and I think he could be Spiderman 434 films,

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which would make him one of the biggest stars on the planet, so he

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probably is a rising star that we will hear much more than next

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decade. And by then he will still only be 30! On the stage giving the

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Curzon chain, she said I got a Bafta award in 1978 for promising

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newcomer, who knew I would be back so soon, she said sometimes it takes

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a while to repay that. It is getting very noisy here, but let's have a

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quick thought about the fellowship, because this is awarded this year by

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Prince William, presented by Prince William, to someone you particularly

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revere, I know. Yes, I am a massive fan of tonight's recipient, Mel

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books, with films like the Producers and Young Frankenstein and tap back

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blazing Saddles, the zany comic films, Young Frankenstein played by

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Marty Feldman and the wonderful Gene Wilder and his performances, the

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ultimate showbiz show in the Producers, which then became a

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musical and then a film of the musical. We forget Mel Brooks made

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the Elephant Man, he produced that. He has been a Titan for many years,

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grew up in 50s stand that American Jewish humour and was great to see

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him on the Bafta stage tonight, he has still got it, that Brooklyn

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twang going on, and it was great to see that gruffness, but also

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elegance. I think on a night when the Baftas were not the most

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exciting, a little bit of zaniness and humour was brought by him, it is

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a fantastic award for him, and him receiving it from Prince William,

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when he satirises royals many times in his history of the world films,

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to see him getting an award from one is something he probably never dream

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of. Jason Solomons, many thanks as ever. The Baftas are over for

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another year, but awards ceremony season is not. We are still a couple

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of weeks away from the Oscars, so let's see whether voters at the

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Academy reflect the sort of results we have seen here tonight at the

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British Academy film awards. You can find the full list of all the

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winners on the BBC website of course, and lots of photos from the

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red carpet as well. But from a very noisy well but Hall in London, phone

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app, for this year, it is goodbye. -- from a very noisy while Albert

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Hall in London, for now, goodbye. America and Japan have strongly

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condemned North Korea, for test-firing a ballistic missile,

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the first since Donald Trump

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