Politics becomes a hot topic at BAFTAs
AMERICANS Jodie Foster, 53, and Samuel L. Jackson, 67, were honoured at the recent BAFTAs, while Tom Hanks, Jake Gyllenhaal, Brie Larson and Christopher Guest presented awards.
Among the Britons being recognised were Ewan McGregor, who starred in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Felicity Jones, the lead in the upcoming spin-off, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Three-time Golden Globe winner Ricky Gervais, 55, received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for excellence in comedy.
American actor Simon Helberg appeared to reference Britain’s anti-EU ‘Brexit’ vote and the US presidential election when he told AFP comedy in the two countries was becoming similar – as was politics.
“I think the Brits seem to manage to be very intellectual and cerebral at times while masquerading as being very silly,” said the 35-year-old, best known for US hit comedy The Big Bang Theory.
“So there’s this depth to it, but it can also work on a silly level. Sometimes I think Americans can lean very heavily into the silly, so you get a little less of the wit on occasion.
“But you know what? It’s all evening out. Our countries are both in a dangerous moment right now, so we’ll see. The comedy and the political environment are all mirroring each other.”
Americans decide in their presidential polls on Nov 8 be- tween Democrat Hillary Clinton, who has weathered controversy over her misuse of a private email server while Secretary of State, and Republican Donald Trump, whose rhetoric on women, Muslims and immigration has polarised the electorate. – AFP-Relaxnews
BAFTA winners ... (from left) Ang Lee, Jackson, Foster, McGregor, Jones and Gervais.