BAFTA 2021 Film Awards: Hugh Grant presents Fellowship gong to Ang Lee with deadpan humour

Hugh Grant stole the show at the 74th annual British Academy Film Awards on Sunday as he presented the BAFTA Fellowship to acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee.

The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang is so decorated with laurel garlands from various film festivals, he is ‘basically a hedge’.

Hugh, who is known for his witty lines at the BAFTAs, was once again on top form as he took to the stage at the Royal Albert Hall. 

Witty: Hugh Grant stole the show at the BAFTAs virtual ceremony on Sunday as he presented the BAFTA Fellowship to acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee

Witty: Hugh Grant stole the show at the BAFTAs virtual ceremony on Sunday as he presented the BAFTA Fellowship to acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee

Witty: Hugh Grant stole the show at the BAFTAs virtual ceremony on Sunday as he presented the BAFTA Fellowship to acclaimed filmmaker Ang Lee

Hugh presented the organisation’s highest honour to the Taiwanese director, 66, who accepted it via video message.

The Notting Hill star kept a serious face as he spoke to the camera using his dry British humour to joke that the Oscar-winning director’s career has been ‘almost preposterously successful’.

Hugh continued: ‘If he were actually to wear all the laurel garlands he’s been awarded in Cannes and Venice and Berlin [film festivals] over the years, he would basically be a hedge.’ 

Funny: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang (pictured)  is so decorated with laurel garlands from film festivals, he is 'basically a hedge'

Funny: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang (pictured)  is so decorated with laurel garlands from film festivals, he is 'basically a hedge'

Funny: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang (pictured)  is so decorated with laurel garlands from film festivals, he is ‘basically a hedge’ 

Hilarious: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang is so decorated with laurel garlands from various film festivals, he is 'basically a hedge'

Hilarious: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang is so decorated with laurel garlands from various film festivals, he is 'basically a hedge'

Hilarious: The actor, 60, delivered his speech with typical deadpan humour, joking that Ang is so decorated with laurel garlands from various film festivals, he is ‘basically a hedge’

The actor also slipped in a sneaky piece of self-praise, calling Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility ‘exquisitely acted’ – which Hugh himself starred in alongside Emma Thompson.

Accepting the award, Ang also referenced his Jane Austen adaptation, saying: ‘England has been particularly good to me in my career… Sense And Sensibility, which was like a second film school for me – I could only communicate in short sentences.

‘The comments I gave the actors were very concise, direct and honest. The casuals competing to see who would get the most rude remark from me.

‘But my British colleagues were super-patient and kind to me. I owe so much to them because after Sense And Sensibility, I dared to venture into many other types of movies.’

Throwback: Hugh also slipped in a piece of self-praise, calling Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility 'exquisitely acted' - which he starred in with Emma Thompson (pictured)

Throwback: Hugh also slipped in a piece of self-praise, calling Lee's 1995 film Sense and Sensibility 'exquisitely acted' - which he starred in with Emma Thompson (pictured)

Throwback: Hugh also slipped in a piece of self-praise, calling Lee’s 1995 film Sense and Sensibility ‘exquisitely acted’ – which he starred in with Emma Thompson (pictured)

Last year, Hugh quoted one of his best known lines from Bridget Jones’ Diary while presenting the Best Film award at the 73rd annual EE British Academy Film Awards.

After greeting Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger, 51, at the side of the stage – who had just bagged the Leading Actress gong – he joked: ‘Well first of all, well done Jones.’

‘That was a very, very, silly little dress I thought,’ he continued, commenting on Renee’s candy pink Prada gown.

The line was famously used by Hugh in the 2001 movie, during a scene in which a drunken Daniel Cleaver seduces Bridget on her sofa.  

One-liner: At last year's BAFTAs, Hugh quoted one of his best known lines from Bridget Jones' Diary while presenting the Best Film award during the ceremony

One-liner: At last year's BAFTAs, Hugh quoted one of his best known lines from Bridget Jones' Diary while presenting the Best Film award during the ceremony

One-liner: At last year’s BAFTAs, Hugh quoted one of his best known lines from Bridget Jones’ Diary while presenting the Best Film award during the ceremony

Gong: After greeting Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger, 51, at the side of the stage he joked: 'That was a very, very, silly little dress', commenting on Renee's candy pink Prada gown

Gong: After greeting Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger, 51, at the side of the stage he joked: 'That was a very, very, silly little dress', commenting on Renee's candy pink Prada gown

Gong: After greeting Bridget Jones co-star Renee Zellweger, 51, at the side of the stage he joked: ‘That was a very, very, silly little dress’, commenting on Renee’s candy pink Prada gown

Earlier on Sunday evening, Hugh cut a dapper figure alongside his glamorous wife Anna Eberstein as the pair arrived at the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards.

The actor looked smart in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie as he hit the socially-distanced red carpet,  while Anna, 41, put on a leggy display in a glitzy black mini dress for the awards ceremony.

Hugh looked great in the dark suit jacket with shiny lapels and matching black trousers which he teamed with shiny black shoes.

Glamorous: Earlier on Sunday evening, Hugh cut a dapper figure alongside his glamorous wife Anna Eberstein as the pair arrived for the virtual ceremony

Glamorous: Earlier on Sunday evening, Hugh cut a dapper figure alongside his glamorous wife Anna Eberstein as the pair arrived for the virtual ceremony

Glamorous: Earlier on Sunday evening, Hugh cut a dapper figure alongside his glamorous wife Anna Eberstein as the pair arrived for the virtual ceremony 

Dapper: The Notting Hill actor looked smart in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie as he hit the socially-distanced red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Dapper: The Notting Hill actor looked smart in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie as he hit the socially-distanced red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Dapper: The Notting Hill actor looked smart in a black tuxedo, white shirt and black bow tie as he hit the socially-distanced red carpet at the Royal Albert Hall in London

Anna wore her dress, which featured a high neckline and gold buttons on the shoulders, with strappy black high heels.

She accessorised perfectly for the glamorous evening with a black leather YSL bag and wore her dark tresses in a chic bun.  

The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy’s film ceremonies to be held virtually.

Glam: TV producer wife Anna, 41, put on a leggy display in a glitzy black mini dress which featured a high neckline and gold buttons on the shoulders, with strappy black high heels

Glam: TV producer wife Anna, 41, put on a leggy display in a glitzy black mini dress which featured a high neckline and gold buttons on the shoulders, with strappy black high heels

Glam: TV producer wife Anna, 41, put on a leggy display in a glitzy black mini dress which featured a high neckline and gold buttons on the shoulders, with strappy black high heels

Nomadland was the big winner, taking home four gongs on the night, including the coveted Best Film award. 

The American drama – which stars Frances McDormand as a modern-day nomad travelling through America in her van after losing her livelihood in the Great Recession – also picked up Best Leading Actress for McDornand, Best Director for Chloe Zhao and Best Cinematography. 

Elsewhere a shock win saw Anthony Hopkins win Leading Actor over the late Chadwick Boseman, while Daniel Kaluuya continued his clean sweep with a win for Best Supporting Actor.

In a shock result, Sir Anthony Hopkins was awarded the Leading Actor for his work in The Father, beating out Chadwick Boseman, who had received a slew of posthumous prizes for his work in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Wow: Hugh, 60, looked youthful as he beamed for the camera alongside his very glamorous wife

Wow: Hugh, 60, looked youthful as he beamed for the camera alongside his very glamorous wife

Wow: Hugh, 60, looked youthful as he beamed for the camera alongside his very glamorous wife 

Together: Anna and Hugh's outfits complimented each other perfectly as they stepped out together

Together: Anna and Hugh's outfits complimented each other perfectly as they stepped out together

Together: Anna and Hugh’s outfits complimented each other perfectly as they stepped out together

Elsewhere Yuh-Jung Young was awarded Best Supporting Actress for her work in Minari, in which she played the grandmother character Soonja from Korea visiting relatives in Arkansas in the 1980s. 

Emerald Fennell was left speechless after learning she’d been awarded Original Screenplay for her work penning Promising Young Woman.

It wasn’t the only victory for Emerald during the evening, as she also received the prize for Outstanding British Film for her work on Carey Mulligan-starring drama.

For the coveted EE Rising Star Award, Hackney-born actress Bukky Bakray, 19, sparked a thunderous reaction from her loved ones when she was voted to received the top award, which has been seen as a launch pad for many young talents in Hollywood.    

Animation, presented by Priyanka Chopra, was given to Disney Pixar’s Soul, which like many films saw its release moved to streaming due to the Covid pandemic.

All smiles: The pair both looked in great spirits as they attended the awards

All smiles: The pair both looked in great spirits as they attended the awards

All smiles: The pair both looked in great spirits as they attended the awards

Beaming: The actor looked pleased to be at the awards ceremony which is taking place in London

Beaming: The actor looked pleased to be at the awards ceremony which is taking place in London

Beaming: The actor looked pleased to be at the awards ceremony which is taking place in London 

Best Adapted Screenplay, presented by Anna Kendrick, was presented to Florian Zeller for his work penning The Father, and following the victory, the French writer praised the land of Great Britain where he worked on the film.

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer was given to Remi Weekes for his work on the film His House, while Cinematography was given to Nomadland, and Editing to Sound of Metal.

The creators of the documentary film The Octopus Teacher were stunned when they were honoured for their work, screaming with delight as they joined all of this year’s nominees appearing via. Zoom.  

Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, was due to feature on Saturday in a pre-recorded conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up and hair designer Sharon Martin, but pulled out following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.  

On Sunday, he was to deliver a speech via video, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year – but BAFTA has confirmed he will no longer be taking part in the ceremony.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died yesterday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, was BAFTA’s first president, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organisation throughout his life. 

Glamorous evening: The couple looked excited for their evening ahead as they headed into the Royal Albert Hall

Glamorous evening: The couple looked excited for their evening ahead as they headed into the Royal Albert Hall

Glamorous evening: The couple looked excited for their evening ahead as they headed into the Royal Albert Hall

BAFTA 2021 WINNERS

LEADING ACTRESS 

BUKKY BAKRAY Rocks

RADHA BLANK The Forty-Year-Old Version

VANESSA KIRBY Pieces of a Woman

FRANCES McDORMAND Nomadland – WINNER

WUNMI MOSAKU His House

ALFRE WOODARD Clemency  

LEADING ACTOR 

RIZ AHMED Sound of Metal

CHADWICK BOSEMAN Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

ADARSH GOURAV The White Tiger

ANTHONY HOPKINS The Father – WINNER

MADS MIKKELSEN Another Round

TAHAR RAHIM The Mauritanian

BEST FILM 

THE FATHER Philippe Carcassonne, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt

THE MAURITANIAN TBC

NOMADLAND Mollye Asher, Dan Janvey, Frances McDormand, Peter Spears, Chloé Zhao – WINNER

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Ben Browning, Emerald Fennell, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Stuart Besser, Marc Platt

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes (Writer/Director) – WINNER

LIMBO Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer) [also produced by Angus Lamont]

MOFFIE Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer) [also written by Oliver Hermanus and produced by Eric Abraham]

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer) [also produced by Andrea Cornwell]

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg, Sisse Graum Jørgensen – WINNER

DEAR COMRADES! Andrei Konchalovsky, Alisher Usmanov

LES MISÉRABLES Ladj Ly

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung, Christina Oh

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić, Damir Ibrahimovich

DIRECTOR 

ANOTHER ROUND Thomas Vinterberg

BABYTEETH Shannon Murphy

MINARI Lee Isaac Chung

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao – WINNER

QUO VADIS, AIDA? Jasmila Žbanić

ROCKS Sarah Gavron

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE DIG Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Christopher Hampton, Florian Zeller – WINNER

THE MAURITANIAN Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

THE WHITE TIGER Ramin Bahrani

CASTING 

CALM WITH HORSES Shaheen Baig

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Alexa L. Fogel

MINARI Julia Kim

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Lindsay Graham Ahanonu, Mary Vernieu

ROCKS Lucy Pardee – WINNER

EDITING 

THE FATHER Yorgos Lamprinos

NOMADLAND Chloé Zhao

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Frédéric Thoraval

SOUND OF METAL Mikkel E.G. Nielsen – WINNER

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Alan Baumgarten

COSTUME DESIGN

AMMONITE Michael O’Connor

THE DIG Alice Babidge

EMMA. Alexandra Byrne

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Ann Roth – WINNER

MANK Trish Summerville 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION

THE FIRE NEXT TIME Renaldho Pelle, Yanling Wang, Kerry Jade Kolbe

THE OWL AND THE PUSSYCAT Mole Hill, Laura Duncalf – WINNER

THE SONG OF A LOST BOY Daniel Quirke, Jamie MacDonald, Brid Arnstein

BRITISH SHORT FILM

EYELASH Jesse Lewis Reece, Ike Newman

LIZARD Akinola Davies, Rachel Dargavel, Wale Davies

LUCKY BREAK John Addis, Rami Sarras Pantoja

MISS CURVY Ghada Eldemellawy

THE PRESENT Farah Nabulsi – WINNER

SOUND

GREYHOUND Beau Borders, Christian P. Minkler, Warren Shaw and David Wyman

NEWS OF THE WORLD Michael Fentum, William Miller, Mike Prestwood Smith, John Pritchett, Oliver Tarney

NOMADLAND Sergio Diaz, Zach Seivers, M. Wolf Snyder

SOUL Coya Elliott, Ren Klyce, David Parker

SOUND OF METAL – Jaime Baksht, Nicolas Becker, Phillip Bladh, Carlos Cortés, Michelle Couttolenc – WINNER

SUPPORTING ACTRESS 

NIAMH ALGAR Calm With Horses

KOSAR ALI Rocks

MARIA BAKALOVA Borat Subsequent Moviefilm

DOMINIQUE FISHBACK Judas and the Black Messiah

ASHLEY MADEKWE County Lines

YUH-JUNG YOUN Minari – WINNER

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

DANIEL KALUUYA Judas and the Black Messiah – WINNER

BARRY KEOGHAN Calm With Horses

ALAN KIM Minari

LESLIE ODOM JR. One Night in Miami…

CLARKE PETERS Da 5 Bloods

PAUL RACI Sound of Metal

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 

CALM WITH HORSES Nick Rowland, Daniel Emmerson, Joe Murtagh

THE DIG Simon Stone, Gabrielle Tana, Moira Buffini

THE FATHER Florian Zeller, Philippe Carcassone, Jean-Louis Livi, David Parfitt, Christopher Hampton

HIS HOUSE Remi Weekes, Martin Gentles, Edward Kings, Roy Lee

LIMBO Ben Sharrock, Irune Gurtubai, Angus Lamont

THE MAURITANIAN Kevin Macdonald, Rory Haines, Sohrab Noshirvani, M.B. Traven

MOGUL MOWGLI Bassam Tariq, Riz Ahmed, Thomas Benski, Bennett McGhee

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell, Ben Browning, Ashley Fox, Josey McNamara – WINNER

ROCKS Sarah Gavron, Ameenah Ayub Allen, Faye Ward, Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

SAINT MAUD Rose Glass, Andrea Cornwell, Oliver Kassman

DOCUMENTARY 

COLLECTIVE Alexander Nanau

DAVID ATTENBOROUGH: A LIFE ON OUR PLANET Alastair Fothergill, Jonnie Hughes, Keith Scholey

THE DISSIDENT Bryan Fogel, Thor Halvorssen

MY OCTOPUS TEACHER Pippa Ehrlich, James Reed, Craig Foster – WINNER

THE SOCIAL DILEMMA Jeff Orlowski, Larissa Rhodes

ANIMATED FILM

ONWARD Dan Scanlon, Kori Rae

SOUL Pete Docter, Dana Murray – WINNER

WOLFWALKERS Tomm Moore, Ross Stewart, Paul Young

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

ANOTHER ROUND Tobias Lindholm, Thomas Vinterberg

MANK Jack Fincher

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Emerald Fennell

ROCKS Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson

THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7 Aaron Sorkin

ORIGINAL SCORE 

MANK Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

MINARI Emile Mosseri

NEWS OF THE WORLD James Newton Howard

PROMISING YOUNG WOMAN Anthony Willis

SOUL Jon Batiste, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross – WINNER

CINEMATOGRAPHY

JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH Sean Bobbitt

MANK Erik Messerschmidt

THE MAURITANIAN Alwin H. Küchler

NEWS OF THE WORLD Dariusz Wolski

NOMADLAND Joshua James Richards – WINNER

PRODUCTION DESIGN

THE DIG Maria Djurkovic, Tatiana Macdonald

THE FATHER Peter Francis, Cathy Featherstone

MANK Donald Graham Burt, Jan Pascale – WINNER

NEWS OF THE WORLD David Crank, Elizabeth Keenan

REBECCA Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

MAKE UP & HAIR

THE DIG Jenny Shircore

HILLBILLY ELEGY Patricia Dehaney, Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle

MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM Matiki Anoff, Larry M. Cherry, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Mia Neal – WINNER

MANK Kimberley Spiteri, Gigi Williams

PINOCCHIO Mark Coulier

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

GREYHOUND Pete Bebb, Nathan McGuinness, Sebastian von Overheidt

THE MIDNIGHT SKY Matt Kasmir, Chris Lawrence, David Watkins

MULAN Sean Faden, Steve Ingram, Anders Langlands, Seth Maury

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN Santiago Colomo Martinez, Nick Davis, Greg Fisher

TENET – Scott Fisher, Andrew Jackson, Andrew Lockley – WINNER

OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO BRITISH CINEMA

Noel Clarke

BAFTA FELLOWSHIP

Ang Lee 

 

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