Missed Sunday’s ceremony? Here, we recap all of the highlights from the 2022 BAFTAs.
Diamonds—and Shirley Bassey—are forever
The Welsh musician began the night with a rendition of “Diamonds Are Forever,” perhaps the most famous Bond theme ever recorded, in honor of the 007 franchise’s 60th anniversary—proving she can still bring the house down at the age of 85. Another notable coup from the 007 team: Lashana Lynch brought home the BAFTA Rising Star Award, using her speech to thank her parents and grandparents, who came to London as part of the Windrush generation, and celebrating “her working-class foundation” for teaching her to persevere in the face of adversity. “And [thank you to] the women of this country who taught me what it’s like to be in this industry as a dark-skinned woman,” she concluded. “I thank you for laying the foundations for a woman like me.”
Gloves had a fashion moment
The red carpet signaled a welcome return to elevated glamour—with dozens of velvet gowns making their way up the stairs of the Royal Albert Hall. Also of note: opera gloves proved a surprise fashion hit, with everyone from Sienna Miller to the inimitable Bimini wearing them to the ceremony.
Rebel Wilson addressed her weight loss straight off the bat
When the Australian comedian signed on to host the BAFTAs, she realized that it would prompt a flurry of speculation about her weight loss over the last few years. True to form, she opted to tackle the subject head-on, with refreshing candor. “Everybody’s like, why did you lose weight?” she quipped in her opening monologue. “Well, clearly it was to get the attention of Robert Pattinson… Just joking, guys. Seriously. I did not lose weight just for a guy. As if! I did it to get more acting roles. Boy, I’m now so excited I can play the non-funny love interest in an Adam Sandler movie.”
Troy Kotsur made history in the most charming fashion
The CODA star became the first-ever deaf person to win a BAFTA when he scooped the best-supporting-actor statuette on Sunday. Kotsur, who plays the deaf father of a hearing daughter in the film, was visibly emotional, as were the rest of the audience as he delivered a speech in sign language in which he acknowledged how meaningful the success of the film has been for the deaf community—and also posited the idea of a deaf James Bond. The crowd at the Royal Albert Hall using silent applause to demonstrate their appreciation was a moment.
A Dune sandworm had a surprise cameo
Dune ultimately won best score, cinematography, production design, visual effects, and sound over the course of the night, but not all of the production team were there to accept their statuettes. Making an appearance in their stead: a giant sandworm puppet, brought out by Wilson at various points.
Millie Bobby Brown made her red-carpet debut with…Jon Bon Jovi’s son?
Millie Bobby Brown has largely been out of the spotlight during the pandemic, quietly filming Stranger Things’s upcoming fourth season—so it felt somewhat jarring to see the former tween all grown up and hitting the red carpet in a vampy Louis Vuitton gown with her boyfriend, Jake Bongiovi, the son of musician Jon Bon Jovi. Sorry, Will Byers.
There were several nods to the Ukraine crisis
While introducing Emilia Jones’s performance of “Both Sides Now” by Joni Mitchell, Wilson noted that the lyrics would be signed in both American Sign Language and British Sign Language. “Luckily, though, in all sign languages, this is the gesture for Putin,” she added, promptly flipping off the camera. Benedict Cumberbatch also paid tribute to Ukraine via a blue-and-yellow lapel on his suit. Calling out Putin as a true “megalomaniac,” he told journalists on the red carpet: “It’s a very scary and sad time… Although this is a gesture, and people can say it’s hollow, it’s just something I can do tonight.”