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Hello. Welcome to the Royal Albert

Hall in

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Hello. Welcome to the Royal Albert

Hall in London. We are about to

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bring you the results of the British

Academy film awards which have taken

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place here tonight. There has been

quite a striking move in the results

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tonight because Martin McDonagh's

film Three Billboards Outside

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Ebbing, Missouri has unusually, in

our recollection, taking the award

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for Best film and Best British film.

Some very interesting revelations.

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Let's discuss all of tonight's

events with Jason Solomons who was

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with me on the red carpet earlier

and has been watching the ceremony.

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We have been racking our brains and

we certainly can't remember a time

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where the same film wins both

categories.

It's very unusual. They

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invented that formats are the

British film did not miss out they

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got own line-up. We have had

Atonement, and then the best film

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going to an American one. Sky full a

few years ago. The main film usually

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goes to a Hollywood film. I'm

usually a film about small-town

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America are produced here and with

London Irish director has carried

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off best outstanding British film

and Best film in Three Billboards

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Outside Ebbing, Missouri. It is

extremely unusual and I am slightly

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surprised because I thought it was a

film that divided people but it has

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united the BAFTAs. It is a very

divisive, deliberately so,

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controversial film. It's one of the

edgiest most indie films they have

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ever voted their best picture.

It is

striking. Martin McDonagh not just

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the right, a prolific playwright as

well as a screenwriter. He has taken

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the award for screenplay, he

directed it as well. We spoke to him

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on the red carpet earlier.

How was its juggling all the

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elements of pain, anger, and

incredibly document?

Writing wise

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it's most of my stuff like that.

--

incredibly dark humour.

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That stuff is natural for me but

when you cast the best actors around

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and let them get on with it, they

take care of that for you.

Where did

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the inspiration come from?

I saw

something similar to what we see on

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our billboards 20 years ago when I

was going to the southern states of

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America, it stuck in my mind. I

thought of a really angry mother who

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might have goes up, what story would

develop from there.

Of course the

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part was written with Frances

McDormand in mind. Could you imagine

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anyone else in that role?

If she had

said no, we would have been screwed.

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She's perfect. An offstage she is

perfect for the part. She has so

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much integrity and intelligence, and

range and rage. She is just perfect.

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Especially in a year like this, a Me

Too and times a year, it's great to

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have someone like that who is so

brilliant and strong. Such an

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ambassador for all these issues.

Martin McDonagh paying tribute to

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his leading lady Frances McDormand

who perhaps no surprise to the award

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here tonight for best actress. We

would have been very surprised had

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she not taken that award.

Whilst it

is a fantastic performance and a

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fantastically written role, this

character of Mildred Hayes, it also

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a woman who takes politics into her

own hands, stands no nonsense from

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anyone though they use a rather

strong a word in the acceptance

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speech earlier. In this year, a

year, particularly tonight, female

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empowerment, there is no more

powerful a figure than Mildred Hayes

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as embodied by Frances McDormand. An

apt choice. It's that performance

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and element of this film that has

powered to success. I loved the

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film, hilarious, very moving, with a

fantastic performance for a female

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role. Tick boxes as well as

billboards.

I enjoyed it hugely bats

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against expectation which is the

sign of a remarkable film. Martin

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McDonagh made reference to Time's

Up, we can't talk about the BAFTAs

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without referencing that. Frances

McDormand was practically the only

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person we saw tonight who was not

wearing black in solidarity. I

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should stress she reference that

immediately in her acceptance

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speech, she did not like to be told

what to do but she said she stood

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wholeheartedly behind the movement.

It has been an interesting evening

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with a political undertone.

Certainly on the red carpet there

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was the political undertone, the

ceremony was less political than it

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was hosted by a woman, Joanna

Lumley, for the first time in its

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history. There is a subtle shift.

The evening went by without many

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hitches or huge surprises or

statements, but in its subtlety and

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the award for free billboards and

Frances McDormand have meant there

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has been a shift. People have taken

note and the laziness which

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previously BAFTA may have been

accused for, stories of white

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privileged men and all that, time is

certainly up on that. Three

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billboards is not that type of

movie. It is equal opportunities

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offensive but it is equal.

Sam

Rockwell took the award for Best

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supporting actor, a very positively

received award in the hall. We will

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stay with acting. We say we would

not have been surprised had Frances

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McDormand 's walked away with that

award, the same for Gary Oldman and

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Winston Churchill.

Yes, he thanked

Winston Churchill in his speech.

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This stand that he took against the

march of Hitler and the speeches he

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gave in that movie have been so well

received by everyone here, he has

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been getting standing ovations in

cinemas up and down the land for

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those speeches. That has really

struck a chord this year. There is a

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freedom there, a unity that those

speeches have brought. It's a

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fantastic performance from Gary

Oldman. I always think doing

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Churchill, it's a bit of a town.

Everyone has their favourite

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Churchill in a way. The casting of

Gary Oldman when that was announced,

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people were flabbergasted. How could

this guy who has been Dracula, the

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guy who was in Lyon, a punk in Sid

vicious, how could he play Winston

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Churchill? He plays it with the same

maverick spirit, a defiant spirit.

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Of all the actors of the last 30

years from that generation that came

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up in 80s he is the one flying the

flag for working-class actors in

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Britain and always has done. I think

it's an inspirational win finally,

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his first win in all those years as

an actor at BAFTA.

Let's turn to

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best supporting actress, we were

saying that's a strong category. I

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was rooting for a favourite British

actress of mine, Leslie Mandell in

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Phantom thread but it went to

Allison Janney who I must say is

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sensational insight on you. It is

her film as far as I'm concerned.

I

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am a big fan.

-- who is sensational

in I Tania.

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She is one of the tallest people who

has ever won the award. She said she

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came to rather here for a two-week

summer cause and that inspired her

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with the gift of the theatre and to

get onto because she is on, so it

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really means something she is

awarded here. She plays Tonya

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Harding's mother, this hard-bitten,

hard smoking, parrots loving mother

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who has given up what she feels her

life and her heart for her

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daughter's success on the ice rink.

An embittered performance, not full

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of love but it has been shown love

tonight. A lot of goodwill for

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Allison Janney for all the good work

she has done over the years

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including her brilliant CJ in the

West Wing, with Aaron Sorkin tonight

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here to clap when she won.

We must

talk about a young man we spoke

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about a lot on the red carpet a

fewer hours ago, a wonderful warm

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reception when it was announced that

Daniel Kaluuya, a young man from

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north London, had taken the rising

Star award, the only award here at

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the BAFTAs voted for by the public.

He has had an astonishing rise. An

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astonishing career already, he is

29, 30?

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A very positive results.

He said I'm

a product of arts funding in this

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country, he has benefited from

grants, worked his way up from a

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School of theatre where we know many

actors have cut their and gone on to

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be in is for example but he went on

to the Royal Court in theatre, roles

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in Skins on Channel 4, and has

really grown. The performance he is

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nominated for here is Get Out, an

extraordinary American film also

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nominated for Best actor at the

Oscars. He is also in Black Panther

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which we should say is tearing up

the box office as we speak, people

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crowding to see this incredible

watershed moment black superhero

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movie where he plays a fine role. He

is representing a new face of

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Britain. Abroad, in Hollywood and

here as well. The fact he is winning

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a prize, he is aware of this, it's

inspirational for a lot of young

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black children to see him there, I

can do this too. He has spoken to me

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about how he wanted to see that, and

now it's incumbent upon him to do

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so. He thanked his mum and his

sister and his mum cried. I now use

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it to me, his American accent is not

bad either but apparently his mum

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also thinks it's nearly there.

Getting there! She is his worst and

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best critic. A great rising Star

award. He was a real delight and you

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can tell he will be a real

favourite. Are there things, films

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that missed out tonight perhaps we

might have thought might do a bit

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better? I'm thinking perhaps of

Dunkirk.

I thought the British crowd

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would rally behind that, the home

bank there with Christopher Nolan,

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who has been a great director for

Britain over many years, of course

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doing the. Night Trilogy, bringing

Blockbuster ethics. Then at the very

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British story of Dunkirk. It got a

nod for sound but in terms of the

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direction, Christopher Nolan

marshals a whole army and brings it

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all together. I thought that might

get recognised. Buatsi has been

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unlucky to come up against another

Churchill movie. -- perhaps he has

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been unlucky. In the end, three

billboards, it's more of a nod to

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the modern than the classic heritage

British cinema. In a sense, I feel

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he is slightly out of time with the

period. I thought Dunkirk would have

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got better at the Oscars, I am

delighted for the outstanding

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British debut which I should mention

as well, which went to I am not a

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Which, her family came from Zambia,

she told the story about witches in

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Zambia who have been cast out of

their town. Female empowerment. We

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see those diverse stories which

people make a lot of noise about, we

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are seeing them all to do into the

choices the BAFTA membership are

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making. People are listening, time

is up.

A quick thought because we

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have not mentioned best director.

Guillermo Del Toro for the Shape of

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Water, again tier strong e-mail

central performances, excellent

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performances. -- two strong female

performances. Sally Hawkins plays a

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mute woman, again that's a curious

one. Shape of Water winning best

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director but three billboards taking

the other categories.

If you say all

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the surprises and disappointments,

Shape of Water coming and had the

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surge behind it, 12 nominations,

sheep of water has been reduced to a

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bit of a trickle, only winning

three. But everyone for Guillermo

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Del Toro and as you say it's a

strange and curious film company of

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this director's vision, all his

fantasy elements, a mute cleaner

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having a love affair with an aquatic

creature.

An everyday story!

It is

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an odd one. Ultimately two oddball

BAFTA to get a handle on but the

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production design was definitely

rewarding, just deserved. And the

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music is well rewarded. Sally

Hawkins can count herself unlucky,

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coming up against a force of nature

in Frances McDormand. The Shape of

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Water will be a bit bedraggled and

wet as it leads to might, with its

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tail slightly between its legs, if

fishes have tails, if they do? This

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one doesn't...

It's very hard to

tell what that creature has, to be

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honest? All very peculiar. Fokine

award season watches, we wait to see

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whether a film written by a Brit,

directed by a Brit about small-town

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America will do well at the Oscars.

If the BAFTAs are a marker of what

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happens on much the fourth in the

Oscars, Oscar votes starts tomorrow.

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The positioning of the BAFTAs is

interesting. Oscar voters will take

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note. BAFTA voters represent quite a

watch of Oscar voters, about 100 who

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also vote at the Oscars. Will that

mean Three Billboards has a cleaner

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run? Or is there room for a novel

surprise yet? Don't forget Lady Bird

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is still my little pic to comment at

the last minute. It didn't feature

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here apart from its for Saoirse

Ronan but Lady Bird is my pick

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still.

It could still happen. Good

to have you here tonight. Thank you

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very much. That is all from the

while Albert Hall here in central

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London. If you detect the hubbub

that is because everyone is making

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their way down the grand staircases

here, the ceremony is over and the

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Fellowship awarded to Ridley Scott,

that is it from the British Academy

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film awards for another year. Thanks

for being with us.

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