6 Iconic Moments From The EE BAFTA Film Awards

Raise a glass – the biggest night in British cinema is here 


by Hanna Woodside |
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Celebrating the very best in film from the past year, the 2023 EE BAFTA Film Awards take place this Sunday 19 February, in what promises to be another glittering, star-studded affair. Leading the nominations this year are a diverse array of films, from epic war drama All Quiet On The Western Front, to black comedy The Banshees of Inisherin, and the mind-bending Everything Everywhere All At Once.

The industry’s most celebrated filmmakers and actors will gather at London’s Royal Festival Hall to toast the best and the brightest. As official Champagne Partner to BAFTA for 20 years, the stars will be sipping Taittinger’s hallmark cuvée, the Brut Réserve. The award-winning, family-owned Champagne house has a long-held passion for supporting the arts, and is a proud partner of BAFTA.

As we countdown to the BAFTA Film Awards (which will be broadcast at 7pm on BBC One & BBC iPlayer), let’s look back at some of our favourite moments from years gone by…

Meryl Streep’s Cinderella moment
Winning her second BAFTA for 2011’s The Iron Lady, the magnificent Meryl Streep lost a shoe as she took to the stage to receive her award. Luckily, her Prince Charming, Colin Firth, was there to make sure she delivered her acceptance speech with both shoes on.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 12: Meryl Streep arrives at the after party of Orange British Academy Film Awards 2012 at Grosvenor House, on February 12, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images)

Tinie Tempah high-fiving Prince William
Performing at the start of the 2014 ceremony, Tinie Tempah treated the audience to a rendition of his track Heroes with Laura Mvula. As the musician made his way through the auditorium he managed to high-five BAFTA’s President, Prince William.

Lupita’s red-carpet showstopper
Lupita N’yongo wowed at the 2014 ceremony in a stunning emerald silk gown by Christian Dior. The actress was nominated for both the EE Rising Star Award and Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years A Slave, which won Best Film.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 16: Lupita Nyong'o attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on February 16, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ferdaus Shamim/WireImage)

Kate & Leo’s reunion
Titanic fans were aflutter when Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio reunited at the BAFTA Film Awards in 2016. Both took home awards that night – Kate for Best Supporting Actress in Steve Jobs, and Leo for Best Actor for his performance in The Revenant.

Hugh Grant’s Bridget Jones quip
After Renée Zellweger won Best Leading Actress in 2020 for biopic Judy, her Bridget Jones’ Diary co-star Hugh Grant took to the stage to present the next category, delighting viewers with a well-timed quip: 'Well, first of all, well done Jones', adding, ‘that was a very, very silly dress' in a call-back to the 2001 hit film.

James McAvoy is the first EE Rising Star
In 2006, a young James McAvoy was named the first ever EE Rising Star, an accolade voted for by the public. Since then winners of the star-making accolade have gone on to become some of the biggest names in the industry – Kristen Stewart, Tom Hardy, John Boyega and Tom Holland to name but a handful. The nominees for this year’s coveted EE Rising Star Award are Naomi Ackie, Sheila Atim, Emma Mackey, Daryl McCormack and Aimee Lou Wood.

Your chance to win...

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