The separate controversies that have overshadowed the British monarchy over recent months were played for laughs on Sunday evening as Rebel Wilson attended the 73rd annual EE British Academy Film Awards.
With guests including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in attendance, the Australian actress referenced Prince Andrew and the recently abdicated Prince Harry before presenting the Best Director award to filmmaker Sam Mendes.
Addressing the star-studded audience at London’s Royal Albert Hall, she joked: ‘It is really great to be here, at the Royal Andrew… Royal Harry… no, sorry, Royal Phil- at this royal… palace place.’
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Comedy gold: Rebel Wilson cracked a joke at Prince Andrew and Prince Harry’s expense as she presented the Best Director award at the BAFTAs on Sunday evening
The Duke Of York stepped down from royal duties in November following a disastrous Newsnight interview about his friendship with billionaire paedophile Jeffrey Epstein.
Following the interview, he was accused of failing to show regret over his friendship with the disgraced financier, and empathy with his victims.
The awkward gag prompted a ripple of laughter from those in attendance, however William and Kate looked notably reserved as cameras immediately cut to the Royal couple.
Banter: ’It is really great to be here, at the Royal Andrew… Royal Harry… no, sorry, Royal Phil- at this royal… palace place,’ she joked
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Awkward: The awkward gag prompted a ripple of laughter from those in attendance, includign a slightly strained looking William and Kate
Rebel, 39, also touched on the decision to offer guests environmentally friendly goodie bags for the first time, part of their ongoing push for sustainability at the annual event.
She added: ‘Sorry I was just told backstage that no one’s getting a gift bag tonight. Instead, you’re all getting a gifting wallet, which is funny because that’s also nickname of my vagina.’
Choosing to joke about the absence of females in the Best Director category, she quipped: ‘I don’t think I could do what they do, honestly. I just don’t have the balls.’
While her appearance went down well with the star-studded audience, viewers were divided over here decision to make a joke at the Royal family’s expense.
Taking to Twitter, one viewer wrote: ‘Three cheers for the producer who cut to William and Kate after Rebel Wilson’s Prince Andrew and Harry joke.’
While another raged: ‘I thought it disgustingly rude and unfunny. I felt sorry for them. Why should they go to an awards ceremony to have their family insulted. A crude and insensitive remark.’
Spotlight: Prince Andrew’s friendship with convicted sex offender has Jeffrey Epstein has dragged the monarchy into another royal crisis
Topical: The 39-year old also touched on the decision to offer guests environmentally friendly goodie bags for the first time, part of their ongoing push for sustainability at the annual event
Mixed response: While her appearance went down well with the star-studded audience, viewers were divided over here decision to make a joke at the Royal family’s expense
Evidently in agreement, a third added: ‘I totally agree she made me cringe …. not the time or the place for her tasteless remarks I don’t find her remotely funny anyway just crude and talentless in my view. When you have to resort to being unkind to promote yourself it’s sick.’
Others praised the star for injecting life into the event, with one adding: ‘Rebel Wilson does 3 minutes; good jokes about Cats, all male nominations lists, coronavirus and her vagina; rescues BAFTAs.’
‘If Rebel hosted the show, it would be quality,’ wrote another.
Well done: Others praised the star for injecting life into the star-studded event with her unique brand of humour
Special appearance: The actress was on hand to present the Best Director award to Sam Mendes
Royal jokes proved to be a recurring theme on the night, with Margot Robbie also poking fun at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to step away from their official roles.
The Duke and Duchess awkwardly grinned as the Australian star accepted the award for Best Supporting Actor on behalf of absent Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood co-star Brad Pitt.
Reading out his acceptance speech, she told the audience: ‘He says he is going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words not mine.’
The camera immediately panned to the Duke and Duchess, who were seen laughing alongside the rest of the crowd from their seats.
Farewell: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle recently announced their desire to abdicate and live independently in Canada
BAFTAs 2020: THE WINNERS
1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren – WINNER
THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae
Joker has earned the most nods with 11 nominations
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns – WINNER
BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall
SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty
THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers) – WINNER
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
THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts
PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho – WINNER
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur
AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert
APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller
DIEGO MARADONA Asif Kapadia
FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts – WINNER
THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim
Frozen 2 earns a nomination for Animated Film
FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho
KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh – WINNER
A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley
TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen
1917 Sam Mendes – WINNER
THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese
JOKER Todd Phillips
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino
PARASITE Bong Joon-ho
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
PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho – WINNER
Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has earned 10 nods
THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian
JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi – WINNER
JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver
LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig
THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten
JESSIE BUCKLEY Wild Rose
SCARLETT JOHANSSON Marriage Story
SAOIRSE RONAN Little Women
CHARLIZE THERON Bombshell
RENÉE ZELLWEGER Judy – WINNER
Saoirse Ronan has earned a leading actress nod for Little Women
LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood
ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story
TARON EGERTON Rocketman
JOAQUIN PHOENIX Joker – WINNER
JONATHAN PRYCE The Two Popes
LAURA DERN Marriage Story – WINNER
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
BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – WINNER
1917 Thomas Newman
JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino
JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir – WINNER
LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams
JoJo Rabbit has received six nominations in total
JOKER Shayna Markowitz – WINNER
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 Nina Gold
1917 Roger Deakins – WINNER
THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto
JOKER Lawrence Sher
LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael
THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke
Netflix hit The Irishman has 10 nominations
THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker
JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles
JOKER Jeff Groth
LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker – WINNER
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Fred Raskin
1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales – WINNER
THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves
JOJO 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
LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran – WINNER
ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Arianne Phillips
Sam Mendes’ movie 1917 has received nine nominations
MAKE UP & HAIR
1917 Naomi Donne
BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan – WINNER
JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann
JUDY Jeremy Woodhead
ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou
1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson – WINNER
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
1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy – WINNER
AVENGERS: ENDGAME Dan Deleeuw, 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
GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC. Maryam Mohajer – WINNER
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
LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva – WINNER
THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald
EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)
KELVIN HARRISON JR.
MICHEAL WARD – WINNER
Producer Kathleen Kennedy was granted the BAFTA Fellowship Award.
Actor Andy Serkis was honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Cinema.
Later in the ceremony Prince William took to the stage as he spoke passionately about the importance of diversity in films before handing out the Fellowship award to Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy.
The American film producer started her career working on E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and most recently has worked on the Star Wars series.
The Duke of Cambridge addressed issues around diversity before presenting Kathleen with the BAFTA award.
Quips: Margot Robbie gave the speech on behalf of absent film-star Brad Pitt, who did not attend the ceremony, during which she poked fun at Megxit, whilst Rebel Wilson later took aim at Prince Andrew
Dazzling: Kate wowed in a stunning floor length white and gold gown by Alexander McQueen as she walked the red carpet at the BAFTAs alongside husband Prince William
He praised the ‘exceptional film-making’ that had been highlighted during the ceremony, and reflected on his decade as president, joking that he did not know if he should be ‘proud or slightly alarmed’ at how many of the winners over the past decade ‘have portrayed members of my own family’.
William said: ‘Both here in the UK and in many other countries across the world we are lucky to have incredible film-makers, actors, producers, directors and technicians – men and women from all backgrounds and ethnicities enriching our lives through film.
‘Yet in 2020, and not for the first time in the last few years, we find ourselves talking again about the need to do more to ensure diversity in the sector and in the awards process – that simply cannot be right in this day and age.’
He continued: ’I know that both Pippa (Harris), chair of Bafta and Amanda (Berry), Bafta CEO, share that frustration and continue to work tirelessly to ensure that creative talent is discovered and supported.
‘Bafta take this issue seriously, and following this year’s nominations, have launched a full and thorough review of the entire awards process to build on their existing work and ensure that opportunities are available to everyone.’
Main man: Prince William spoke passionately about the importance of diversity in film before presenting the Fellowship award to Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy
Sam Mendes’ 1917 led the winners at the event, with t he World War I masterpiece taking home seven gongs, including Best Film, Director, Outstanding British Film, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design and Sound at the star-studded ceremony.
Renee Zellweger won the Leading Actress gong for her role as Judy Garland in the namesake biopic Judy with Joaquin Phoenix taking home the Leading Actor award for his role as Joker.
Despite receiving 11 nominations, Joker only took home three awards – Casting, Original Score and Joaquin’s Leading Actor gong.
Other A-lister wins included Laura Dern, who won the Supporting Actress gong for her role as cutthroat lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story.
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