BAFTA 2019 | Live Blog – as it happened

Good evening and welcoming to our 2019 BAFTA live blog! Keep refreshing the page as we talk you through the night, live as it happens

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21:26 – And as Thelma Schoonmaker accepts her Fellowship from the Duke of Cambridge – ‘You can’t edit sequences like that if they’re not made by a brilliant director’ – we say goodnight. Join us again in two weeks for our Oscar live blog!

21:25 – Does this change the Oscar race? Probably not. Roma will be walking away with Best Picture, Director and Cinematography without question. Wins for Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz are unlikely to be repeated in America – where Glenn Close and Regina King will triumph – whilst Editing and Original Score remain totally open fields.

21:23 – Which means that’s 7 wins for The Favourite, 4 for Roma, 2 for Bohemian Rhapsody and one for Free Solo, A Star is Born, BlacKkKlansman, Black Panther, Free Solo, Green Book, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Vice. Not forgetting awards for short films Roughhouse and 73 Cows, producers Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen and new BAFTA fellow Thelma Schoonmaker.

21:20 – And so, the full list of winners are…
Best Film: Roma
Outstanding British Film: The Favourite
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)
Best Actress: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best Actor: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)
Best Supporting Actress: Rachel Weisz (The Favourite)
Best Supporting Actor: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)
Best Production Design: The Favourite
Best Cinematography: Roma
Best Editing: Vice
Best Costume Design: The Favourite
Best Sound: Bohemian Rhapsody
Best Original Music: A Star is Born
Best Hair and Makeup: The Favourite
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark (Beast)
Best Special Effects: Black Panther
Best Documentary: Free Solo
Best Film Not in the English Language: Roma
Best Original Screenplay: The Favourite
Best Adapted Screenplay: BlacKkKlansman
Best Short Film: 73 Cows
Best Short Animation: Roughhouse
EE Rising Star Award: Letitia Wright
Outstanding Contribution to British Film: Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen
BAFTA Fellowship: Thelma Schoonmaker

21:15 – All that remains is Thelma Schoonmaker’s BAFTA Fellowship acceptance.

21:15 – The stage is busy with the Roma cast and crew but it’s Netflix that’ll be buzzing tonight. How the cinematic landscape has changed in the past decade.


21:14 – That’s a strong finish for Roma and a major indicator that success will follow suit at the Oscars. What a night!

21:13 – And of course!

21:13 – WINNER: Roma

21:11 – Chiwetel Ejiofor presents Best Film to…

21:10 – Deep breaths. It’s time.

21:09 – A very nervous Colman thanks everyone and vows to get completely hammered later. She didn’t say hammered but this is a family blog.

21:08 – We’re thrilled for her!

21:07WINNER: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)

21:07 – Best Actress time! Colman or Close? This stuff matters. Gary Oldman presents.

21:03 – Nice to see Malek on the receiving end of a hug from Brian May on his way up. The Bryan Singer connection is awkward but they’re rising above it. Malek thanks Dexter Fletcher.

21:02 – The Oscar is Malek’s for the losing.

21:02 – WINNER: Rami Malek (Bohemian Rhapsody)

21:00 – Time for Best Actor, presented by Margot Robbie. The BBC broadcast is about to start now. How they manage the delayed screen boggles the mind.

20:58 – Salma Hayek presented that one. We like Salma Hayek.

20:57 – No surprise there! A well-earned third gong for Roma.

20:57 – WINNER: Alfonso Cuarón (Roma)

20:54: Ooh! Director time!

20:53: WINNER: The Favourite

20:53 – Eddie Marsan and Cynthia Erivo present Best Costume Design to…

20:52 – Wouldn’t it be glorious if the Oscars were this brisk?

20:51 – Great news for Cuarón and team. That makes Roma a two-time BAFTA winner. The night is yet young middle-aged. Only five more to go.

20:49 – Interesting. Does this mean Roma hasn’t won Best Film? In which case, The Favourite has it. Or are BAFTA going for a Roma double?

20:48WINNER: Roma

20:46 – Film Not in the English Language now, presented by Sophie Okonedo and Thandie Newton. Sticking with Black Panther, it’s a worthy winner and congratulations are due to the thousands of VFX technicians that brought it to life.

20:46 – We LOVED Black Panther but that feels cursory to us. More of a nod to the film than its effects above and beyond its competitors. We’ll take it.

20:45WINNER: Black Panther

20:44 – When two presenters aren’t enough…Taron Egerton, Richard Madden and Jamie Bell present Special Effects.

20:42 – We’ve not posted many pictures tonight so far. Here’s Sir Ian McKellen twinkling in All is True


20:41 – That, we are not surprised about.

20:40WINNER: Michael Pearce and Lauren Dark (Beast)

20:38 – Riz Ahmed and Rachel Brosnahan are presenting the next award. Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director, or Producer goes to…

20:36 – Penny Marshall, Stan Lee and Burt Reynolds are all in there, alongside Nicolas Roeg and, most recently, Albert Finney. RIP.

20:33 – Now, BAFTA remembers all those film has lost in the past year. The most devastating but important part of the night.

20:32 – Cuarón’s first award of the night bu not necessarily his last…

20:31 – Hoorah!

20:31WINNER: Roma

20:30 – Cinematography time. Will Poulter and Michelle Yeoh on to present to…The Favourite?

20:29 – It’s hard luck for Richard E. Grant but well deserved for Ali, who was robbed at the BAFTAs in 2017.

20:28 – WINNER: Mahershala Ali (Green Book)

20:26 – Viola Davis now presents Supporting Actor to…

20:24 – Here’s a reminder of why we loved Lanthimos’ The Favourite.

20:23 – Yes, another one! That makes 5/6 (so far).

20:23 – WINNER: The Favourite

20:20 – Elizabeth Debicki and Michelle Rodriguez arrive next to deliver Original Screenplay. They were both delightful in Widows.

20:19 – Didn’t see that coming! Hard luck Mary Poppins but well done Cooper and co. I hope the Grammys were worth missing this for Gaga.

20:19 – WINNER: A Star is Born

20:17 – Spike Lee thanks Ron Stallworth and Jordan Peele. Danai Gurira and Andy Serkis arrive on stage to present Best Original Music.

20:15WINNER: BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee, David Rabinowitz, Charlie Wachtel and Kevin Willmott)

20:15 – What’s next? Ah, Best Adapted Screenplay. Roma stars Yalitza Aparicio and Marina de Tavira – both Oscar nominated – are on stage.

20:11 – Wright: ‘A few years ago I saw myself in a deep depression and I wanted to quit acting. The only thing that pulled me out of that was God, my belief, my family, and an email from BAFTA telling me they wanted me to be a part of BAFTA Breakthrough Brits and it inspired me to keep going.’

20:10 – No surprise there. Bravo!

Black Panther Shuri

20:09WINNER: Letitia Wright

20:07 – The public have voted for the next award. It’s the BAFTA Rising Star and Regina King and Luke Evans are presenting.

20:06 – Weisz thanks her co-stars and director, saying they all had ‘the most glorious time’.

20:06 – This is turning into a Favourite domination. Don’t expect the same at the Oscars, though. BAFTA loves a British film.

20:05 – A lot of people saw that one coming (not us)

20:04WINNER: Rachel Weisz (The Favourite

20:02 – Time for the first acting award. Best Supporting Actress being presented by Mary J. Blige and Ellen Page.

19:58 WINNER: Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen

19:56: Among the films Woolley and Karlsen have brought to cinemas are: this year’s ColetteThe Limehouse Golem and Their Finest. Can’t say fairer than that.

19:54 – Bill Nighy is now on and presenting an Outstanding Contribution to British Cinema award to Stephen Woolley and Elizabeth Karlsen. This was pre-announced.

19:50 – The BAFTA voters clearly didn’t think she looked like a badger. No joy for Mary Queen of Scots.

19:50 – WINNER: The Favourite

19:48 – Followed swiftly by Hair and Makeup…

19:45WINNER: Free Solo

19:45 – Now, Best Documentary, presented by Lucy Boynton and Joseph Fiennes

19:43 – Truth be told, we weren’t expecting that. Who doesn’t love a surprise?

19:43WINNER: Vice

19:43 – Best Editing goes to…

19:41 – This is fun, by the way:

19:40 – Yes, the Bryan Singer Dexter Fletcher Queen biopic is now officially a BAFTA winner. They are the champions.

19:39 – WINNER: Bohemian Rhapsody

19:39 – Henry Golding and Eleanor Tomlinson next present Best Sound to…

19:38 – 73 Cows is a gorgeously shot, 5-star gem. The Blue Door‘s the same so we’d have happily seen that win too.

19:37WINNER: 73 Cows

19:36 – Keeping things brief, Best Short Film goes to…

19:34 – There’s been a Brexit reference. DRINK. Roughhouse was an Anglo-French co-production. ‘We need Europe more than ever’ says director Jonathan Hodgson’.

19:33 – We watched and reviewed all of the BAFTA short films this year and Roughhouse was – we can confirm – outstanding. Read our review here.

19:33WINNER – Roughhouse

19:32 – Hello to Jason Isaacs (presenting Best Short Animation)

19:30 – Does this harm Roma‘s chances for the top prize. Possibly, actually.

19:29 – A strong night already for the Queen Anne ‘biopic’

19:29Winner – The Favourite

19:28 – Collins and Kurylenko have stuck around for Best Production Design

19:27 – Peter Ramsey: ‘animation is not a genre it’s a medium’ – hear hear!

19:26 – Our spidey sense had always suspect that one. A great result

19:25WINNER: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

19:24 – A gracious speech by Lanthimos is followed by Lily Collins and Olga Kurylenko coming out to present Best Animated Film to…

19:23 – So far so good for our predictions…

19:23WINNER: The Favourite

19:20 – And Melissa McCarthy presents the award for Outstanding British Film to…

19:19 – A lot of talk about that Lumley’s BlacKkKlansman joke flopped badly. See for yourself at 9pm.

19:18 – What a master stroke to have called it The Favourite, next year there’ll be a film called, ‘And The BAFTA Goes To’

19:17 – Some lovely ribaldry from Lumley: ‘Thank goodness BAFTA has a host, though I suspect that has to do with the fact that I’m not on Twitter’

19:12 – Yep, lots of Queen’s attending tonight…

19:08 – Outstanding British Film’s the first award tonight.

Beast (Michael Pearce)
Bohemian Rhapsody (Dexter Fletcher)
The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos)
McQueen (Ian Bonhôte and Peter Ettedgui)
Stan & Ollie (Jon S. Baird)
You Were Never Really Here (Lynne Ramsay)

18:57 – There are, of course, royals in attendance tonight. Will and Kate are in the house. Here’s hoping they’ve hired Mary Poppins as nanny.

18:49 – Can the BAFTAs be used to predict the Oscars? Only once in the past five years have the two ceremonies agreed on the Best Film/Picture but it’s a near even split when that’s widened across the past 19 years.

18:39 – Joanna Lumley’s back on hosting duties tonight. Here’s her opening monologue from last year. Expect more warmth and gentle humour in 2019.

18:10 – No Lady Gaga though, she’s at the Grammys. A pity but a fair call, A Star is Born is probably coming away from tonight empty handed.

18:08 – A HUGE guest list tonight. Adam Driver, Adam McKay, Alfonso Cuarón, Amy Adams, Barry Jenkins, Barry Keoghan, Brad Bird, Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, Claire Foy, Cynthia Erivo, Glenn Close, Jessie Buckley, Lakeith Stanfield, Letitia Wright, Lynne Ramsay, Mahershala Ali, Margot Robbie, Melissa McCarthy, Nadine Labaki, Octavia Spencer, Olivia Colman, Paweł Pawlikowski, Peter Jackson, Rachel Weisz, Rami Malek, Richard E. Grant, Spike Lee, Steve Coogan, Timothée Chalamet, Viggo Mortensen, Viola Davis, Wes Anderson, and Yorgos Lanthimos are all at the Royal Albert Hall.

18:02 – Jessie Buckley says she’s ‘humbled’ and ‘in awe’ to be nominated for Best Rising Star. Find out about Jessie and the other nominees here

18:00 – Lots of very dapper fellows on the red carpet tonight.

17:25 – It’s a big night for the entertainment industry. We’re all about the BAFTAs though.

17:21 – In the meantime, do take a look at our predictions for tonight’s award winners.

17:14 – We’ll be blogging solidly tonight so get your odd jobs done, prepare yourself for the working week and join us.

17:11 – The ceremony itself kicks off at 7pm, with BBC One broadcasting from 9pm. We’ll be blogging along with the live results so beware spoilers if you’re tuning in on the Beeb.

17:10 – Here’s a reminder of tonight’s Best Film nominees:

  • BlacKkKlansman (Spike Lee) – review
  • The Favourite (Yorgos Lanthimos) – review
  • Green Book (Peter Farrelly) – review
  • Roma (Alfonso Cuarón) – review
  • A Star is Born (Bradley Cooper) – review

17:05 – 2018 was a terrific year for cinema. Let us know your favourites in the comments.

17:02 – Dermot and Edith on the red carpet. It’s BAFTA time!



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