2019 BAFTAs: Red carpet report from 72nd annual BAFTA Awards

I always tend to start off these red carpet reports from the BAFTAs by moaning about the rainy weather over here in London, England. Well, tonight it is not raining. So I’m going to moan about it being cold and gray, instead – which it is. But that is not dampening the moods of the excited nominees for the 72nd annual BAFTA Awards who are all looking rather splendid and glamorous indeed.

No one looks more glamorous than Glenn Close, who is nominated for Best Actress (for “The Wife”). She looks stunning in a black dress with silver decor. And with her white-blonde hair quiffed, she evokes a film star from the golden era of Hollywood. She’ll do well to win tonight, however, as Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”) is widely expected to prevail. Spare a thought for Jonathan Pryce, who accompanies Close in her red-carpet interviews but was snubbed by every awards group this season despite a great supporting performance that Close wastes no time in championing.

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Another Best Actress nominee, Melissa McCarthy, looks glitzy in a sparkling black dress and mentions that she probably would have let Lee Israel, who she plays in “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”, off of the hook. You do route for her, to be fair. She also sings the praises of co-star and fellow BAFTA and Oscar nominee Richard E. Grant.

Grant is looking VERY sharp, making the typical black suit a rather lovely outfit indeed. He’s charming everyone on the red carpet and there is a collective feeling here in the media centre that a) he’s going to win the Best Supporting Actor BAFTA and b) that everyone wants him to win. The phrase ‘national treasure’ has been thrown about a lot.

Elsewhere, Amy Adams (nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “Vice”) discusses her favorite films of the year and reveals that she took her eight-year-old son to see “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which they both loved. Apparently, her son had a lot of questions to ask after the film.

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Red carpet host Dermot O’Leary (our version of Ryan Seacrest) is asking everyone to name their favorite films of the year – coincidentally “The Favourite” has been mentioned by absolutely everyone he’s asked, including Grant, Luke Evans, and Jason Isaacs. Perhaps that’s an indicator that that film could be chosen as BAFTA’s Best Picture? Well, Yorgos Lanthimos and co best watch out for “Roma,” too. There’s a lot of love for Alfonso Cuaron‘s film, too.

Claire Foy, nominated for Best Supporting Actress for “First Man,” is fed sweets by O’Leary, though she asks for a good ol’ plate of bangers and mash, instead. That’s sausages and mashed potatoes, by the way. Viggo Mortensen, nominated for Best Actor for “Green Book,” slightly resembles a Harrison Ford on the red carpet – oozing casual charm – and says he loves being in over here in England. You’re welcome any time, Viggo.

His “The Lord of the Rings” director, Peter Jackson, is getting a lot of attention from fans – the shouts for autographs and photos must be deafening him. Jackson is nominated for Best Documentary for the astounding “They Shall Not Grow Old.” You really should watch it if you can. It was shown on TV over here and it is an incredible technical achievement.

The stars, guests, and nominees are now slowly making their way into the Royal Albert Hall, which has various security vehicle and police vans scattered around for what seems like a 10-mile radius, and that means it is now time for me to head down to the winners’ press conference room. The BAFTA winners await us.

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