And so the sun threatens to set on another mild May day in London. It was raining this time last year but as the red carpet really begins to become packed like the tube I took to get to Waterloo and the Royal Festival Hall today, the stars need not worry about getting their brollies out. The evening is warm and the clouds are white. Now that I’ve said this, I fully expect an all-out storm to engulf Southbank. Sod’s law.
The 2018 BAFTA nominees pile onto the red carpet. The TV BAFTAS are the British equivalent of the Emmy Awards. We Brits will thankfully do better here on Sunday than we did in Lisbon at Saturday’s Eurovision song contest. We finished third last. Lovely.
The BBC commentator for Eurovision, Graham Norton, is nominated tonight for Best Entertainment Performance for “The Graham Norton Show.” I’ve yet to see him on the red carpet, however, so perhaps his Eurovision hangover will keep him from attending tonight’s awards. Present, however, is Thandie Newton, nominated for Best Actress for “Line of Duty” and sporting a rather lovely, Spring-inspired floral dress.
Newton is one of the more known names to you all in America thanks to her starring role in HBO’s “Westworld.” Another name you will recognize is Sean Bean, who of course starred in another HBO show (“Game of Thrones”) and is also nominated tonight – for Best Actor for “Broken.” I don’t think Bean has changed in about 30 years.
“Black Mirror” creator Charlie Brooker has just popped up for a brief interview on the red carpet – an interview characteristically laced with sarcasm from the sardonic writer. He does seem genuinely grateful for his nomination, though.
Alex Lawther, too, looks very pleased to be here. He stars in “The End of The F***ing World,” which is nominated for Best Drama Series. You may also know Lawther from his appearance in the “Black Mirror” episode “Shut Up and Dance,” not that you’d want to remember that particularly unsettling hour of television. Lawther also played young Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” – tonight he is sporting, as are many stars, a Time’s Up badge and his suit resembles John Travolta‘s in that famous dance scene from “Pulp Fiction,” Bolo tie and all.
Last year, Cuba Gooding Jr. came to this ceremony as a representative for “The People vs O.J. Simpson,” which won Best International Program, I’ve yet to see any stars from that category’s nominees this year. That means no Nicole Kidman or Reese Witherspoon (“Big Little Lies”), no Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”) and no Susan Sarandon or Jessica Lange (“Feud: Bette and Joan”). Most upsetting. Perhaps they will turn up soon. This category usually brings a lot of across-the-Atlantic stars with it’s nominations.
But “X-Factor” host Dermot O’Leary (our version of Ryan Seacrest) has just turned up so that’s something…
Hold your horses, though, because Martin Freeman has just arrived! And he’s sporting a beard! That’s new. The “Sherlock,” “The Hobbit” and “Black Panther” star immediately draws wild screams from waiting fans. He obliges to their cries for photos and autographs but is hurried away soon after after being called by a colleague. The fans look sad.
But those walking the red carpet do not look sad as they tentatively await for the ceremony to begin. Some may be leave a little downtrodden if they fail to win but I’m sure that’s nothing a little after party can’t fix.
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