Brad Pitt roasted the Royals, Laura Dern beat Margot Robbie and … Margot Robbie, and actors openly took swipes at the BAFTAs over its lack of diversity.
Here are some of the biggest moments from this year’s BAFTA Awards:
Pitt pokes fun at Royal couple
Pitt was named best supporting actor for his role in Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood, Quentin Tarantino’s bloody fairytale of 1960s Los Angeles.
Pitt wasn’t at the ceremony, so he had his co-star Robbie read his acceptance speech.
The speech was a reference to a decision by Duke and Duchess of Sussex to spend more time in North America and step down as senior Royals.
“He says that he is going to name this Harry,” Robbie said, while holding the BAFTA statue.
“Because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him.
“His words, not mine,” Robbie added as the camera cut to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
The Royals appeared to be amused.
Pitt also made a joke about Brexit while poking fun at his divorces from Angelina Jolie and Jennifer Aniston — the latter of which he was pictured with at the SAG Awards last month.
“Hey Britain, heard you just became single, welcome to the club,” Robbie said, reading Pitt’s speech.
“Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement.”
Robbie only made one acceptance speech during the night.
She had been nominated for the same award twice — for Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood and Bombshell.
But the best supporting actress award went to Dern, who played a divorce lawyer in Netflix film Marriage Story.
Tweet from faerievmin: “WITHOUT CONTEXT : MARGOT ROBBIE BAFTA WINNER”
BAFTAs criticised for lack of diversity
For the seventh year running no women were nominated for the Best Director award, and all 20 nominees in the lead and supporting performer categories were white.
Accepting the best actor award for his role in Joker, Joaquin Phoenix used his speech to highlight systemic racism in the industry.
“I think that we send a very clear message to people of colour that you’re not welcome here,” he said.
“I’m ashamed to say that I’m part of the problem.
“I think that it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuated and benefited from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us.”
Awards organisers said it was “disappointing” there were no performers of colour among the acting nominees, who are chosen by 6,500 academy members who work in the UK and international film industry.
The rising star award — the one trophy decided by the public — went to black British actor Micheal Ward.
British star Cynthia Erivo, who is Oscar-nominated for her performance as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Harriet but was snubbed by Britain’s Academy, declined an invitation to perform at Sunday’s award ceremony in protest.
The British Academy has promised to review its voting procedures.
Presenting the best director award to Sam Mendes for 1917, actress Rebel Wilson quipped that she could never achieve what the nominees did: “I just don’t have the balls.”
Tweet from BAFTA: “Rebel Wilson presents the Director Award, but not before she says a few words herself.”
Scarlett Johansson, a best-actress nominee for Marriage Story, said the lack of recognition for female directors was disappointing.
“So many women made great films this year,” she said.
“And I think it just goes to show you that there is a systemic problem that is very prevalent. “
The fall of Pacino
The Irishman star Al Pacino had a red carpet mishap, taking a tumble as he tackled the stairs to Royal Albert Hall.
Pacino was helped to his feet and continued on his way.
Some reports said he appeared to be fine, while one from UK tabloid The Mirror labelled is a “dramatic fall”.
Pacino fans bought into the drama on Twitter.
Tweet from beniciodwhoreo: “at the stairs that made al pacino fall”
Tweet from angelphoenix: “me omw to make sure al pacino’s alright”
What do the BAFTA results mean for the Oscars?
World War I epic 1917 was the big winner on the night, taking out seven awards including best picture and best director.
Mendes’s drama beat out hotly tipped contenders including Joker, The Irishman and Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.
Shot in continuous long takes that immerse viewers in the action, 1917 follows two British soldiers on a perilous mission across no man’s land in a bid to avert a suicidal offensive.
Joker took three awards from 11 nominations. Martin Scorsese’s mob drama The Irishman had 10 nominations but went home empty handed.
Renee Zellweger won the best actress prize for the Judy Garland biopic Judy.
Joker is expected to do well at the forthcoming Academy Awards, but 1917 is the new frontrunner after it won best motion picture drama at the Golden Globes.
Be sure to check back with us next week for the Oscars.