The best of British filmmaking and (seemingly) half of Hollywood gathered at the Royal Albert Hall in London last night for the 71st British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards – or the BAFTAs as it’s more commonly known. The annual event is the slightly more tame or – dare we say it – duller counterpart to rowdy awards shows such as the Golden Globes, but the 2018 edition brought with it plenty of pop-culture moments nonetheless. Below, we bring you the eight that are worth knowing.
"Time's Up Theresa"
The BAFTA Awards started to make the news even before the ceremony kicked off, courtesy of activist group Sisters Uncut storming in protest onto the red carpet. Linking arms and dressed in black T-shirts that read “Time’s Up Theresa”, the demonstrators were there to demand that Prime Minister Theresa May do more to address the subject of domestic abuse.
After 12 years of comedic legend Stephen Fry steering the ship, Joanna Lumley of Absolutely Fabulous fame took over as host for the night – to rather mixed reactions. While some viewers felt that she droned on and on about each individual nominee, others appreciated her cheeky jabs at actors Gary Oldman and Hugh Grant. We’ll let you watch the opening monologue and decide for yourself.
UK vs. US
The internet has officially branded Jennifer Lawrence as rude. And spoiled. And stuck-up. Lumley introduced the actress by saying, “And we start with the award for Outstanding British Film in honor of Alexander Korda. And who better to kick the whole evening off than the hottest actress on the planet? Soon to be seen in Red Sparrow, it’s the ravishing Jennifer Lawrence.”
Her response? “That was a bit much, but thank you Joanna.”
Moment of Truth
Daniel Kaluuya admitted to being blank upon accepting his award in the Rising Star category, making for the most refreshingly honest moment of the evening. Recognized for his work in acclaimed horror film Get Out, he quickly redeemed himself by thanking his peers, arts funding in the UK, and – very endearingly – his mother.
Kiss and Cringe
If we were at liberty to hand out an award for Most Awkward, Helena Bonham Carter would win – with a little help from James Ivory and his shoulder – hands down. The seven-second video, below, may be on the grainy side, but it captures the hilarious moment perfectly.
Spice à la Salma
The word “sassy” has been used time and again to describe Salma Hayek, and for good reason. This time around, she added a little humor to the awards ceremony by taking a swipe at men. Case in point? The very first words to come out of her mouth as presenter for the Leading Actor category were: “In this very important and historical year for women, I am here on this legendary stage to celebrate… men.”
And it didn’t end there. She went on to announce actress Frances McDormand as the winner – as a joke, of course.
Rebel with a Cause
Amidst the sea of black designer gowns, one attendee seemed to have the missed the dress-code memo: Frances McDormand – a fact made more prominent as she went on to win the award for Lead Actress. Acknowledging her lip-print dress, the actress irreverently admitted that she had a “little trouble with compliance”. However, her acceptance speech was rife with solidarity towards her acting peers in black, and is well worth a listen.
Regardless of the mixed feelings towards the socio-political undertones that dominated the BAFTA Awards, viewers could agree on the aptness of the night’s big winner: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. The drama/crime movie won a whopping five awards, including Best Film and Original Screenplay. And considering it tells the story of a determined woman seeking justice in a small American town, it felt nothing short of fated.