The British Acadamy Film Awards 2018

21:00 – The BAFTA Awards begins with pictures from the red carpet and Dermot O’Leary welcoming people to enjoy the show. The opening included brief interviews with stars such as Orlando Bloom, Margot Robbie and Tom Cruise.

21:07 – The ceremony opened with a circus duo from the show ‘Ovo’. The act was inspired by the recently released film ‘The Shape of Water’, which includes stars like Sally Hawkins, Michael Shannon and Doug Jones.

21:10 – 2018’s host, Joanna Lumley, is welcomed onto the stage accompanied by . She took over from previous host Stephen Fry.

21:12 – Lumley acknowledged some of the famous faces who attended the prestigious event, including Sally Hawkins, Annette Benning, Sir Daniel James Lewis, Hugh Grant and Angelina Jolie.

21:16 – The awards gave a Brief overview of the last 12 months in film, included scenes from films like IT, Beauty and the Beast and I, Tonya.

21:19 – The first award of the evening was Outstanding British Film, hosted by Jenifer Lawrence. The nominees include Paddington 2, Gods Own Country, Lady Macbeth, Darkest Hour and The Death of Stalin. However, taking the award home was the film based on a true story, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

21:25 – The EE rising Star Award, hosted by Margot Robbie and Octavia Spencer, was the second awards given of the evening. Nominations were Florence Pugh, Timothee Chalamet, Josh O’Connor and Tessa Thompson, with Daniel Kaluuya taking home the award. He gave a very humble thank you speech, thanking those who give to the UK arts funding and giving people like him to be nominated for these awards. 

21:31 – Following Kaluuya, came Orlando Bloom and Gugu Mbatha-Raw presenting the award for Adaptive Screen Play. 89 year old, James Ivory took home the award for his book Call me by your name, and other nominees include Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, The Death of Stalin, Mollies Game and Paddington 2.

21:26 – Best supporting Actor Nominees included, Hugh Grant, Woody Harrelson, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Plummer, With the BAFTA going to  Sam Rockwell, for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

21:41 – Rebecca Ferguson and Toby jones presented the following award for Production Design.  Films with amazing sets that were nominated for this award, were Dunkirk, Beaty and the beast, Darkest hour, Blade Runner 2049. Designers Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin and Shane Vieau won the award for the film The Shape of Water.

21:45 – The Special Visual Award BAFTA was the next award of the evening. Karen Gillan and Taron Egerton presented the BAFTA award to the directors of Blade Runner 2049. Collecting the award was, Richard Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Neezer and John Nelson. Nominees in the running included Star Wars: The last Jedi, The Shape of Water, Dunkirk and War for the Planet of the Apes. 

21:51 – Outstanding Debut BAFTA was presented by Lily James and Gemma Arterton. The winner was the film I am not a witch (Rungano Nyoni writer and director), With the nominees including:  Jaw bone ( Johnny Harris Writer and Producer), Kingdom of Us (Lucy Cohen director), Lady Macbeth (Alice Birch, writer, William Oldroyd, director, Fodhla Cronin O’Reilly, Producer.

21:57 – Bryan Cranston Presented the award for Supporting Actress. Kristen Scott, Laurie Metcalf, Lesley Manville and Octavia Spencer were all nominated for the awards. However, Allison Janney, actress for I, Tonya took home the BAFTA award for this category. 

22:06 – The academy is paying tribute to some of its deceased stars now, accompanied by some mournful strings. Legends we lost this year included Bill Paxton, Tobe Hooper and Omid Nooshin.

22:09 – Joanna Lumley introduces two Hollywood A-listers from our humble shores, both of whom are unfamiliar to this reporter personally. I’m sure that’s my fault though.

22:10 – Baby Driver and Dunkirk are both nominated, and both deserving of the prize for their ingenious use of stark soundscapes and driving musical melody respectively. They have to compete with this year’s strongest all-rounder, The Shape of Water, to win it though.

22:11 – And it’s a win for Dunkirk! Nolan’s dialogue-sparse wartime masterpiece, with its dynamic use of sound, was always going to be a tough one to beat in this category.

22:12 – A member of Dunkirk’s sound team tears up as he thanks his children for all they did for the movie. They don’t appear on the IMDB page for the movie though – probably just an oversight.

22:14 – Rachel Weiss and Nicholas Hoult (both of whom I recognise – hurray!) introduce the award for best original screenplay now. All-around a strong category, with Three Billboards and Shape of Water as the favourites. Could go any way though.

22:16 – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri wins the BAFTA for Best Original Screenplay. As well as, presumably, the BAFTA for Most Concise Film Title.

22:17 – Three Billboards’ head writer uses the word “shit” twice on BBC One. Expect horrific, disproportionate repercussions from the BBC’s Stazi-like enforcement officers. You just can’t do that sort of thing.

22:18 – Salma Hayek (to avoid any confusion, this is the actress and not the author of the economics classic “The Road to Serfdom”) introduces the Best Leading Actor Award now. Daniel Day-Lewis is up, which under normal conditions would be enough to make the category a write-off. Keep an eye out for Timothee Chalamet and Gary Oldman though.

22:21 – Famed economist Salma Hayek bamboozles us all by announcing Frances McDormand as best male actor, before setting us at rest by clarifying she was joking. Gary Oldman wins the prize for his startlingly convincing turn as Winston Churchill.

22:23 – Gary Oldman thanks his makeup team, which might be the most well-deserved shout out of the night since the Dunkirk guys thanked their wunderkind offspring. He also thanked Churchill himself, which I’m sure went down a storm in the afterlife.

22:24 – The nominations for leading actress are coming up now, including the winner Frances McDormand and various actresses who, while outstanding, aren’t going to win. Including Annette Benning, Margot Robbie and Sally Hawkins who plays the mute janitor in The Shape of Water

22:35 – Don’t worry. You aren’t.

22:27 – The BAFTA goes to Frances McDormand, shocking nobody in particular.

22:28 – Frances McDormand was told that she wasn’t a natural actress in drama school, and is pleased with the fact that future directors she worked with would create roles with her in mind. Cynics would say that taking pride in a limited range precludes you from being a great actress – I, of course, would suggest no such thing.

22:30 – Best director now, and Christopher Nolan (Dunkirk), Guillermo del Toro (The Shape of Water), Denis Villeneuve (Blade Runner 2049), Luca Guadangino (Call Me By Your Name) and Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards) are all up for the award.

22:32 – del Toro wins for the Shape of Water, and confesses to eating black pudding live on the stage. Frankly, I don’t think this sort of repulsive dialogue belongs on the BAFTA stage.

22:34 – Guillermo del Toro thanks Mary Shelley during his speech. Shelley was famously the author Frankenstein, a novel which shares certain similarities to his own film. Sans the romantic monster subplot though.

22:34 – The fact that Hacker keeps getting snubbed at these awards shows is baffling and insulting.

22:35 – Daniel Craig strides onto the stage to introduce “best film” to the fun indie rock stylings of Two Door Cinema Club. Discordant and jarring, much like some of the films nominated. You’ve probably got their names seared into your head by now, but here they come again anyway.

22:36 – Three Billboards, Shape of Water, Call me by Your Name, Darkest Hour and Dunkirk are all nominated

22:38 – It’s a win for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, the harrowing drama about a woman who goes on a campaign of civil disobedience (involving, yes, multiple billboards) in order to get justice for her daughter from an apathetic sheriff’s department.

22:40 – A mercifully short speech from the Three Billboards team there. On we go the final award.

22:41 – The BAFTA fellowship award is a lifetime achievement award. The winner of this has already been announced, but I’m going to leave those of you who don’t already know hanging in suspense anyway.

22:42 – And it’s been spoiled already by the direct allusion to Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. Thanks, Kenneth Branagh. We’re in for a highlight reel now. Brace yourselves.

22:43 – There’s a joke in here somewhere. I’ve dispatched some minions to look into it. Will report back.

22:43 – This is actually a direct quote from one member of our hardworking staff earlier on during one of the less invigorating speeches. No idea how it got out.

22:44 – We’re being treated to a fun supercut of Scott’s work, from Black Hawk Down to Alien, the Martian to Blade Runner. A fitting award for such a varied and accomplished career.

22:46 – The Duke of Cambridge introduces Sir Ridley to the stage.

22:48 – Ridley Scott makes a deliberate joke about his age by calling himself octogenarian, and then makes an accidental one by using the word “discotheque”.

22:48 – Wherein our member of the general public takes a hard turn from English to Scottish mid-tweet.

22:49 – We appear to have missed out on insane, hilarious speeches this evening but Scott’s sincere and genuine speech is a decent enough replacement. He thanks his father, and teachers and appears to get lost in a flurry of cue cards.

22:53 – Sir Ridley claims that film is the most exciting art form out there, but then I suppose he probably would. Nobody’s going to see his next film if he tells them to go stare at paintings instead.

22:54 – And we’re out! That was almost as fun as actually watching the films being given awards.  I suspect less so however, as Dunkirk features many fewer golden disembodied faces than this ceremony has done. Can’t be sure about Darkest Hour though. I’ll have to investigate.

22:57 – #FakeNews

22:59 – What an outrageous statement that nobody in this newsroom could ever conceive of agreeing with. For shame.


Covered by Elle-Mae Smith and James Middleton


Author: esmith

Im currently living in London, studying Journalism at South Bank University.