Pol­i­tics be­comes a hot topic at BAFTAs

The Sun (Malaysia) - - FEATURE -

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.

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