Awards nights lacked action

Rosamund Pike fluffs her lines at the BAFTAs. Image courtesy of the BBC

Rosamund Pike fluffs her lines at the BAFTAs. Image courtesy of the BBC

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This week was all about awards.

The red carpet was rolled out for the stars of stage and screen with the BAFTAs and Grammies on Sunday and the BRITs on Tuesday.

And I was glued to the coverage.

I know they are lobbying, back-slapping popularity contests, but I just love awards ceremonies.

The appeal for me (and I suspect most people), is watching the reactions of the stars as they find out they’ve won.

Very little in the world of reality TV is actually real. As recent Big Fat Gypsy Wedding debates have proven, it’s near impossible for most people to relax and ignore a camera if they know they are being filmed. It’s natural for both ordinary folk and celebs to play up to their audience.

But at awards shows, peoples’ guard is let down when they are taken by surprise.

Of course, most nominees will plan what they’ll say and how they’ll react if they are called-up on stage as a winner. But keeping your cool in the excitement of it all can prove difficult.

The best award ceremony moments are undoubtedly those when people don’t keep their cool – the tears, the blabbering, the controversy and the mistakes.

And that’s probably what most of us watch the shows for.

We want to see wardrobe malfunctions, technical difficulties and the odd bit of bad behaviour.

But at this week’s ceremonies, that kind of action was sadly lacking.

The best bit of the BAFTAs was Pride & Prejudice actress Rosamund Pike saying the autocue was wrong when she came on stage to give out the award for Best Original Screenplay.

With no help from her co-presenter Mamma Mia!’s Dominic Cooper (who just asked to leave the stage), she struggled with her lines and very nearly announced the winner before reading out the nominees.

Jonathan Ross had to run to the lectern to stop her opening the envelope during Sunday night’s show.

The Kings Speech was, unsurprisingly, the big winner of the night, taking home seven of the gongs.

Helena Bonham Carter gave a great Best Supporting Actress acceptance speech, dedicating her award to all the supportive wives like her Queen Mother character. Meanwhile, Colin Firth was a popular winner, with a huge cheer going up as he was announced Best Actor.

Over at the BRITs on Tuesday, it was Justin Bieber introducing the world to his ‘international rep’, Mike, that unintentionally got one of the only laughs of the night, when he accepted Best International Breakthrough Act. While Jessie J brought the tears when given the Critics’ Choice Award.

The best bit was the performances. Anyone who tuned in to Plan B’s medley could have been forgiven for thinking things had got out of hand with his mock riot and man on fire stumbling down the catwalk.

Lets hope there’s some genuine action at the Oscars next weekend.

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