6 memorable moments from the Baftas

From BBC - February 18, 2018

Three Billboards was the big winner at the Baftas on Sunday evening.

It picked up some of the night's top prizes - including best film, best British film and best actress (for Frances McDormand).

Meanwhile, stars showed their support for the Time's Up campaign by wearing black on the carpet and pin badges highlighting the cause.

Sam Rockwell, McDormand and Lee Unkrich used their winner's speeches to highlight issues of diversity and equality in the industry.

Here are six memorable moments from the Bafta Film Awards 2018.

1. It was Daniel Kaluuya's night

There's only one thing we all really want to know about the Baftas: What would that trophy look like if you dipped it in some bright blue hair dye?

Fortunately, the EE Rising Star prize means we no longer have to imagine.

Get Out star Daniel Kaluuya was the winner of the prize this year - the only Bafta to be voted for by the public - and he looked genuinely surprised.

"My mum is the reason why I started, the reason why I am here and the reason why I keep going," he said as he accepted the award.

He went blank at one point during his speech, but speaking backstage also remembered to thank Top Boy's Ashley Walters.

"I want to say to Ashley thanks for leading and inspiring me, he has made it all possible," he said.

Kaluuya was inspired by seeing Walters on screen as he had come from a similar background.

He also said "levels" about 20 times during his speech, giving the Baftas a much-needed dose of London slang.

2. Frances McDormand refusing to comply

In a fairly non-eventful ceremony, we are going to go ahead and say that Frances McDormand's speech certainly stood out.

"Thank you British film people," the actress said as she took to the stage to accept the prize for leading actress.

The star of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri was one of the very few stars who did not wear black on the red carpet, unlike many others who did so in support of the #MeToo movement.

"As Martin [McDonagh] said, I have a little trouble with compliance," she said, pointing to her dress.

"But I want you to know I stand in full solidarity with my sisters tonight in black. I also want to say that I appreciate a well-organised act of civil disobedience."

She then referred to the way political campaigners had taken the concept of the film and used it to help their causes - such as this week's stunt where three billboards demanding justice following the Grenfell Tower fire were driven through London.

"I am thrilled that activists all over the world have been inspired by the set decoration of Three Billboards in Martin's film and have taken to the streets and let it be a part of the positive public discourse that's happening," McDormand said.

3. The general brilliance of Salma Hayek

You are always in for a fun night when Salma Hayek is around - as anyone who's ever seen one of her memorable appearances on Graham Norton will know.

"In this very important and historical year for women, I am here on this legendary stage to celebrate men," the actress said to laughs and cheers from the audience as she introduced the best actor category.

4. Once, twice, three times a Lumley

5. Allison Janney is going to need a bigger trophy cabinet

6. What the winners might mean for the Oscars


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