An Actress's Take on All-Things-Screen

The Storytellers


The BAFTAs happened last night. Red carpets, Cirque Du Soleil, actors galore and long ol’ speeches that make you want to turn the TV off. But of course all they do is talk about film, so I’m there.


The highlight for me? Frances McDormand’s powerful speech, Ridley Scott reminding everyone that Geordies are the best, Alison Janney’s general existence, Lily James and Gemma Arterton’s awkwardness, Dennis Quaid popping up, Bryan Cranston not giving a shit, Margot Robbie’s accent and Daniel Craig being on stage. (It makes me feel calm).


But unlike those lot, I won’t waffle on. Here are some highlights for me – including who I wanted to win and who actually got the statue.



Outstanding British Film

I wanted: Three Billboards

Winner: Three Billboards


EE Rising Star Award

I wanted: Timothee Chalamet

Winner: Daniel Kaluuya


Adapted Screenplay

I wanted: Call Me By Your Name

Winner: Call Me By Your Name


Supporting Actor

I wanted: Willem Dafoe

Winner: Sam Rockwell


Production Design

I wanted: Blade Runner

Winner: The Shape of Water


Special Visual Effects

I wanted: Blade Runner 2049

Winner: Blade Runner 2049


Outstanding Debut

I wanted: Rungano Nyoni for I Am Not a Witch (she went to my drama school)

She won!


Supporting Actress

I wanted: Alison Janney

She won!


(Total babe)


Sound Designers

I wanted: Dunkirk or Blade Runner

Winner: Dunkirk


Original Screenplay

I wanted: Lady Bird or Three Billboards

Winner: Three Billboards


Leading Actor

I wanted Timothee Chalamet

Winner: Gary Oldman (standard)


Leading Actress

I wanted: Saoirse Ronan or Frances M

Winner: Frances Mcdormand


Best Director

I wanted: Christopher Nolan

Winner: The Shape of Water


Best Film

I didn’t have a preference funnily enough!

Winner: Three Billboards



And then the achievement award went to the main Geordie man himself; Ridley Scott.


And there you have it. Some predictable, some not.  The importance of this all is to remember that films are great. Actors are good. And as the big man himself said; entertainment can be the most powerful form of education.


Oh and remember. For every one person standing on that red carpet. There are about twenty bloody hard working people ferreting around behind them. Raise a glass to them. Or a morning coffee. It is Monday after all.





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