BAFTAs 2020: Rebel Wilson roasts royal 73rd British Academy Film Awards
The last glitzy awards show before the Oscars has wrapped, with the BAFTAS taking place in London today.
Presenting Best Director at the 73rd British Academy Film Awards, Wilson opened her spiel saying, “It’s really great to be here at the Royal Andrew… Royal Albert Hall”.
The camera flashed to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who looked less than impressed by the reference to their controversial family member, who has received global backlash for his links to Jeffrey Epstein.
She then moved her attention to the epic failure that was Cats, which she starred in, making reference to her black and red dress.
“Cats… Strangely not nominated for any awards. Even in this best director CATegory.”
Rebel also made a cheeky jab about females being under-represented in the awards as she prepared to announce Best Director, which went to Sam Mendes for 1917.
“I don’t think I could do what they (directors) do. I haven’t got the balls,” she said, which was met with roaring laughs.
The comedian then shielded her face with a BAFTA mask as a way of protecting herself from coronavirus, rounding out her hilarious monologue.
Rebel was praised on social media for “winning” the BAFTAs.
The issue of diversity – or a lack thereof – was the recurring theme throughout the night.
As was the same case when the Oscars nominations dropped last month, the BAFTAS copped controversy for failing to acknowledge people of colour in its list of nominations, with #BAFTAsSoWhite trending on Twitter at the time.
BAFTA president Prince William weighed into the debate.
“We find ourselves talking about the need to do more to address diversity in this sector,” he said.
“This can not be right in this day and age.
“BAFTA take this issue seriously and have commissioned a thorough review.”
Best Actor winner Joaquin Phoenix (Joker) said he was “part of the problem” when accepting his award.
“I feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege,” he said.
“I think we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here.
“I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment, people just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work.
This is not a self-righteous condemnation. I’m part of the problem.”
Earlier, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, Scarlett Johansson and Margot Robbie hit the red carpet in a glamorous display of the world’s most famous faces.
The BAFTAS airs on Foxtel’s UKTV tonight at 7.30pm AEDT.
Here is the full list of winners.
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Sorry We Missed You
The Two Popes
WINNER: 1917, Sam Mendes
The Irishman, Martin Scorsese
Joker, Todd Phillips
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
Parasite, Bong Joon Ho
Jessie Buckley, Wild Rose
Scarlett Johansson, Marriage Story
Saoirse Ronan, Little Women
Charlize Theron, Bombshell
WINNER: Renée Zellweger, Judy
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Leonardo DiCaprio, Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood
Adam Driver, Marriage Story
Taron Egerton, Rocketman
WINNER: Joaquin Phoenix, Joker
Jonathan Pryce, The Two Popes
WINNER: Laura Dern, Marriage Story
Scarlett Johansson, Jojo Rabbit
Florence Pugh, Little Women
Margot Robbie, Bombshell
Margot Robbie, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
Tom Hanks, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
Anthony Hopkins, The Two Popes
Al Pacino, The Irishman
Joe Pesci, The Irishman
WINNER: Brad Pitt, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
WINNER: Bait, Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers)
For Sama, Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)
Maiden, Alex Holmes (Director)
Only You, Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)
Retablo, Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)
FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Pain and Glory
Portrait of a Lady on Fire
WINNER: For Sama
The Great Hack
A Shaun The Sheep Movie: Farmageddon
Toy Story 4
Booksmart, Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman
Knives Out, Rian Johnson
Marriage Story, Noah Baumbach
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino
WINNER: Parasite, Han Jin Won, Bong Joon Ho
The Irishman, Steven Zaillian
WINNER: Jojo Rabbit, Taika Waititi
Joker, Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
Little Women, Greta Gerwig
The Two Popes, Anthony McCarten
1917, Thomas Newman
Jojo Rabbit, Michael Giacchino
Joker, Hildur Guðnadóttir
Little Women, Alexandre Desplat
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, John Williams
WINNER: Joker, Shayna Markowitz
Marriage Story, Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler
Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Victoria Thomas
The Personal History of David Copperfield, Sarah Crowe
The Two Popes, Javier Braier, Barbara Giordani, Nina Gold, Francesco Vedovati, Gabriel Villegas
WINNER: 1917, Roger Deakins
The Irishman, Rodrigo Prieto
Joker, Lawrence Sher
Le Mans ’66, Phedon Papamichael
The Lighthouse, Jarin Blaschke
The Irishman, Thelma Schoonmaker
Jojo Rabbit, Tom Eagles
Joker, Jeff Groth
WINNER: Le Mans ’66, Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Fred Raskin
WINNER: 1917, Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales
The Irishman, Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
J ojo Rabbit, Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková
Joker, Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh
The Irishman, Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell
Jojo Rabbit, Mayes C. Rubeo
Judy, Jany Temime
WINNER: Little Women, Jacqueline Durran
Once Upon a Time … In Hollywood, Arianne Phillips
MAKE UP & HAIR
1917, Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis
WINNER: Bombshell, Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan
Joker, Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
Judy, Jeremy Woodhead
Rocketman, Lizzie Yianni Georgiou, Barrie Gower, Tapio Salmi
WINNER: 1917, Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson
Joker, Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic
Le Mans ’66, David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester
Rocketman, Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood
SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS
WINNER: 1917, Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy
Avengers: Endgame, Matt Aitken, Dan Deleeuw, Russell Earl, Dan Sudick
The Irishman, Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman
The Lion King, Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy
BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
WINNER: Grandad Was a Romantic, Maryam Mohajer
In Her Boots, Kathrin Steinbacher
The Magic Boat, Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel
BRITISH SHORT FILM
Azaar, Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring
Goldfish, Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill
Kamali, Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad
WINNER: Learning To Skateboard In a Warzone (If You’re a Girl), Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva
The Trap, Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald
EE RISING STAR AWARD (public vote)
Kelvin Harrison Jr.
WINNER: Micheal Ward
Originally published as William and Kate squirm at Rebel’s joke