Awards shows usually get a bad rep due to everyones focus on the clothes that the stars are wearing rather than the actual awards, but when the show in question is as predictable as the BAFTA's I'm sure you can forgive me for my attention straying a little.
Because even though it cleaned house with a whopping 7 (SEVEN) wins, Christina Hendricks' corset still spoke to me more than The Artist did. Perhaps this was in some way due to The Artist being a silent film, but either way, Christina Hendricks – WOW.
Described in the newspapers as a 'Vivienne Westwood corseted black column dress', I could describe it more accurately by saying "AWOOGA! Homana-homana!" and then running through a wall and leaving a perfect outline of my body in the brickwork.
Christina was there in support of Drive, which really should've won Best Picture but was beaten by The Artist which took home 7 (SEVEN!) awards, equalling the totals of Slumdog Millionaire and last years The King's Speech.
Other winners included Octavia Spencer for Best Supporting Actress in The Help, Christopher Plummer for Best Supporting Actor in The Beginners and Brad Pitt, who didn't actually win any awards but upon landing in the UK became an impromptu God of sorts, making his way into 2 acceptance speeches with Michel Hazanavicius "proud" because he "pronounced his name correctly" and Adam Deacon, winner of the Orange Wednesdays Rising Star award thanks to his performance in Anuvahood, saying that he couldn't believe he was "even in the same place as Brad Pitt". Rumours that BAFTA organisers were forced to sacrifice three sheep in order to get Pitt to appear at the show are still yet to be confirmed.
The most talked about win of the night aside from The Artist was Meryl Streep's Best Actress win for her performance as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady. The headlines today shall no doubt read "Streep Takes Home BAFTA For Performance In Biopic Shocker!", because we all know that actors getting awards for portraying other famous people, particularly politicians, is almost unheard of.
The only thing more English than that heavy dollop of sarcasm is this moment that occured during Streep's acceptance speech;
The US gets M.I.A. flipping the bird at the Superbowl, we get King George VI helping Thatcher out with her shoe.
Here are the full list of winners from the night:
Picture: The Artist
Actor: Jean Dujardin – The Artist
Actress: Meryl Streep – The Iron Lady
Director: MichePicture: The Artistl Hazanavicius – The Artist
Supporting actress: Octavia Spencer – The Help
Supporting actor: Christopher Plummer – Beginners
Animated film: Rango
Outstanding British film: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Film not in the English language: The Skin I Live In
Outstanding debut: Tyrannosaur
Adapted screenplay: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy – Bridget O'Connor and Peter Straughan
Original screenplay: The Artist – Michel Hazanavicius
Production design: Hugo – Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo
Cinematography: The Artist – Guillaume Schiffman
Makeup and hair: The Iron Lady – Mark Coulier, J. Roy Helland, Marese Langan
Costume design: The Artist – Mark Bridges
Editing: Senna – Gregers Sall and Chris King
Sound: Hugo – Philip Stockton, Eugene Gearty, Tom Fleischman, John Midgley
Original score: The Artist – Ludovic Bource
Rising star award: Adam Deacon
Academy fellowship: Martin Scorsese
Outstanding contribution to British cinema: John Hurt
Special visual effects: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 – Tim Burke, John Richardson, Greg Butler and David Vickery
Short animation: A Morning Stroll – Grant Orchard and Sue Goffe
Short film: Pitch Black Heist – John Maclean and Geraldine O'Flynn