You know it’s about time for a change when one of the award recipients calls the Brits ‘snobbish’.
South Korea’s Yuh-Jung Youn won her gong for Best Supporting Actress for her astounding performance in Minari but in her speech said that a trip to Cambridge a decade ago had felt ‘snobbish, but not in a bad way’. It’s possible something had been lot in translation but she’s not all wrong. Surely the BAFTA’s are about being snobbish?
As the celebs were in attendance both sides of the Atlantic, in their homes and hotel rooms for the largely virtual ceremony, one couldn’t help think that there is something absurd about sitting on your bony own in a glittery ballgown to have Zoom call and then pick up a chocolate award and pretend it’s real. That’s what Emerald Fennell did for her win for debut film Promising Young Woman which won both best original screenplay and outstanding British film with a giant piano behind her, winning the best background war hands down.
The big winner of the night was Nomadland which won best film, best director for Chloe Zhao and best actress for Frances McDormand who surely must be approaching Meryl for the most decorated actress in Hollywood.
With acting wins for Daniel Kaluuya and Sir Anthony Hopkins (who was at his house but in another room painting when he won), all in all it was a bizarre but satisfying evening. Hopefully this time next year these things will be ‘back to normal’ but who even knows what that is anymore? You can catch Hopkins chatting with the press afterwards below and for a full list of winners head over to BAFTA.