The BAFTA's took place last night in wonderful rain-soaked Covent Garden, London. Somewhere between all the fashion magazines scrambling over themselves to ask Emma Watson who did her hair and the presenters fluffing their auto-cue, some awards were given out.
Few surprises in terms of who won what. The King's Speech proved that even after more than a hundred years of cinema being a populist medium that you can't beat a good story of personal achievement told with great acting. It would have been nice to see Inception recognized a bit more, winning the expected technical awards. Writing guru picked up his richly deserved writing award (if only for the West Wing he should be continuously showered with awards). Good to see Roger Deakins awarded for his stunningly beautiful, as always, photography.
The only major surprise I found of the evening was Tom Hardy picking up the Rising Star award. I was pretty certain that would go to either Gemma Arterton or Andrew Garfield but richly deserved. Mr. Hardy has shown over the last couple of years that he is going to be a force to reckon with for sometime.
The highlight of the evening was Sir Christopher Lee appearing to accept his fellowship. I was taken aback by how frail he appeared as he took the stage, granted he's 88 but he always looks so commanding on screen. Giving a touching speech (Kevin Spacey seemed to well up) he took in the applause like a man who knew he didn't have many more opportunities to do so. A charming finisher to a lackluster award ceremony.
The King's Speech
Outstanding British Film
The King's Speech
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer
Four Lions - Chris Morris (Director/Writer)
The Social Network - David Fincher
The King's Speech - David Seidler
The Social Network - Aaron Sorkin
Film Not in the English Language
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Soren Staermose, Niels Arden Opley
Toy Story 3 - Lee Unkrich
Colin Firth - The King's Speech
Natalie Portman - Black Swan
Geoffrey Rush - The King's Speech
Helena Bonham Carter - The King's Speech
The King's Speech - Alexandre Desplat
True Grit - Roger Deakins
The Social Network - Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter
Inception - Guy Hendrix Dyas, Larry Dias, Doug Mowat
Alice in Wonderland - Colleen Atwood
Inception - Richard King, Lora Hirschberg, Gary A Rizzo, Ed Novick
Special Visual Effects
Inception - Chris Corbould, Paul Franklin, Andrew Lockley, Peter Bebb
Make Up & Hair
Alice in Wonderland - Valli O' Reilly, Paul Gooch
The Eagleman Stag - Michael Please
Until the River Runs Red - Paul Wright, Poss Kondeatis
The Orange Wednesday's Rising Star Award
Sir Christopher Lee