The 2010 BAFTAs, Royal Opera House London

February 21st, 2010.

I guess this is pretty much the capstone of the past year of Premieres – getting to see some of the same people whose premieres I went to now up for awards for their performance, with no sign of anyone from Transformers Revenge of the Fallen or Fast and Furious

Apologies for the large size (I originally had these as two SEPARATE journals), but come on… this is as big an event as London gets... and it's pretty awesome.

Here's how it went down:

It’s weird when you live and work in an area and then something nebulous like the BAFTA Awards takes place in the same city, but it’s literally right down the road from my office. (And the three days worth of traffic disruptions to set up the thing made crossing the road so much easier too.. Woohoo!)

It’s weird when you live and work in an area and then something nebulous like the BAFTA Awards takes place in the same city, but it’s literally right down the road from my office. (And the three days worth of traffic disruptions to set up the thing made crossing the road so much easier too.. Woohoo!)

Having ‘camped out’ for a mere 45 minutes (!) I eventually had to make a blind call between a blue or silver wristband. I went for silver because… like… I don’t know. I was just stoked I hadn’t decided to camp out since 3pm yesterday like the people at the front of the line. Anyway, once you have a wristband you can basically leave the queue and return four or five hours later. (Excellent – let the weirdos go home and have a shower so they don’t gross out Quentin Tarantino…)

Having ‘camped out’ for a mere 45 minutes (!) I eventually had to make a blind call between a blue or silver wristband. I went for silver because… like… I don’t know. I was just stoked I hadn’t decided to camp out since 3pm yesterday like the people at the front of the line. Anyway, once you have a wristband you can basically leave the queue and return four or five hours later. (Excellent – let the weirdos go home and have a shower so they don’t gross out Quentin Tarantino…)

So in the end, this was my eyrie, a narrow two-deep “pen” to view the passersby from, grab a snapshot or perhaps an autograph, or in the case of the girl with the green jumper across from me, gibber manically at the mere prospect of seeing Robert Pattinson.

So in the end, this was my eyrie, a narrow two-deep “pen” to view the passersby from, grab a snapshot or perhaps an autograph, or in the case of the girl with the green jumper across from me, gibber manically at the mere prospect of seeing Robert Pattinson.

There was a security presence in the form of dogs and bag searches at the BAFTAS, since Royalty Would Be Attending, but in order to preserve a sense of mystery I shall not state my opinion on how successful they might have been at stopping a motivated crazy person. (I assume there were snipers in some of the high windows overlooking the area, though).

There was a security presence in the form of dogs and bag searches at the BAFTAS, since Royalty Would Be Attending, but in order to preserve a sense of mystery I shall not state my opinion on how successful they might have been at stopping a motivated crazy person. (I assume there were snipers in some of the high windows overlooking the area, though).

“Tom, it’s like, OMG, Robert Pattinson is expected in as little as ninety minutes from now, which means I have time to freak out totally a couple more times and change my outfit if necessary. Back to you in the studio”

“Tom, it’s like, OMG, Robert Pattinson is expected in as little as ninety minutes from now, which means I have time to freak out totally a couple more times and change my outfit if necessary. Back to you in the studio”

“Who are you supposed to be?” “Somebody spotted a cockroach on the third floor” “That’s gotta be some cockroach” “Bite your head off, man”

“Who are you supposed to be?”
“Somebody spotted a cockroach on the third floor”
“That’s gotta be some cockroach”
“Bite your head off, man”

I’m beginning to get the idea that the BAFTAs generally (and perhaps Robert Pattinson specifically) are kind of a big deal. Which surprises me a bit, given the relative ease with which I gained a half-decent position. Apparently the lines for wristbands are getting bigger every year. (edited to add by me, in 2014 : I can *definitely* attest to that)

I’m beginning to get the idea that the BAFTAs generally (and perhaps Robert Pattinson specifically) are kind of a big deal. Which surprises me a bit, given the relative ease with which I gained a half-decent position. Apparently the lines for wristbands are getting bigger every year.
(edited to add by me, in 2014 : I can *definitely* attest to that)

And here’s Girls Aloud bandmember Kimberly Walsh getting a last-hour makeup touch-up. On the plus side, it gave the girl in the green jumper somebody different (and actually present) to loudly gibber about. Good times.

And here’s Girls Aloud bandmember Kimberly Walsh getting a last-hour makeup touch-up. On the plus side, it gave the girl in the green jumper somebody different (and actually present) to loudly gibber about. Good times.

Look, I don’t know about how demi-godlike this Pattinson guy is, but surely he’s not THAT big??

Look, I don’t know about how demi-godlike this Pattinson guy is, but surely he’s not THAT big??

Oh, for the love of… clearly my finger is not on the pulse of the mental state of the human teenage female… and that hasn’t changed in about twenty years either.

Oh, for the love of… clearly my finger is not on the pulse of the mental state of the human teenage female… and that hasn’t changed in about twenty years either.

"Is it wrong that I'm mainly excited to see Christoph Waltz? He's pretty cool" And Austrian (well... German-Austrian).

"Is it wrong that I'm mainly excited to see Christoph Waltz? He's pretty cool" And Austrian (well... German-Austrian).

The seminal George Lam(b?) shot. I believe he’s some kind of broadcaster, but based on the excitement of nearby teenage girls, he barely rates as snackfood on a diet used to rich servings of Efron and RPatz. That said, I am mesmerised by the duotone tinting in the guy’s hair.

The seminal George Lam(b?) shot. I believe he’s some kind of broadcaster, but based on the excitement of nearby teenage girls, he barely rates as snackfood on a diet used to rich servings of Efron and RPatz. That said, I am mesmerised by the duotone tinting in the guy’s hair.

If anyone can categorically prove I look this uncool when I’m taking photos, I’ll stop doing it tomorrow and take up needlepoint instead.

If anyone can categorically prove I look this uncool when I’m taking photos, I’ll stop doing it tomorrow and take up needlepoint instead.

Meanwhile, I have no idea who these people are.

Meanwhile, I have no idea who these people are.

Or who this person is (he seems eager to sell me on some kind of holiday/shared-apartment scheme, though..)

Or who this person is (he seems eager to sell me on some kind of holiday/shared-apartment scheme, though..)

My guess would have been Radio1 DJ Fearne Cotton, but apparently it’s Romola Garai. Which is a pity, because at least I’ve heard of Fearne Cotton

My guess would have been Radio1 DJ Fearne Cotton, but apparently it’s Romola Garai. Which is a pity, because at least I’ve heard of Fearne Cotton

Our first shall we say ‘real’ star Anna Kendrick, who looks all of about twelve (and the dress is yellow in case you’re keeping score at home) but in her nomination clip for best supporting actress for ‘Up In The Air’ she looks a bit more mature, and prettier and … well…..like an actress. As opposed to an errant adoptee of Branjelina

Our first shall we say ‘real’ star Anna Kendrick, who looks all of about twelve (and the dress is yellow in case you’re keeping score at home) but in her nomination clip for best supporting actress for ‘Up In The Air’ she looks a bit more mature, and prettier and … well…..like an actress. As opposed to an errant adoptee of Branjelina

Apparently this is the lead actor from the very excellent ‘District 9’ and if so, his name is Sharlto Copley. He declined an offer to sign my Moleskine VI journal, which is fine.

Apparently this is the lead actor from the very excellent ‘District 9’ and if so, his name is Sharlto Copley. He declined an offer to sign my Moleskine VI journal, which is fine.

It’s Quentin Tarantino! (He declined to sign Moleskine IV, but again, that’s a lifestyle choice and I respect that. U2 lead singer Bono signed that one instead, though, so there). He was BAFTA nominated for Best Director for the movie "Inglourious Basterds" whose premiere I also attended (as did he)

It’s Quentin Tarantino! (He declined to sign Moleskine IV, but again, that’s a lifestyle choice and I respect that. U2 lead singer Bono signed that one instead, though, so there). He was BAFTA nominated for Best Director for the movie "Inglourious Basterds" whose premiere I also attended (as did he)

“ZOMG!! YOU WERE IN TWILIGHT WITH R-PATZ AND BREATHED HIS SAME AIR?!!? COULD YOU, LIKE, BREATHE ON THIS PIECE OF PAPER AND SIGN IT??” Actually, our Pen was fairly dignified as these things go. Except for that one guy who really, really, REALLY wanted to get Anil Kapoor’s Autograph.

“ZOMG!! YOU WERE IN TWILIGHT WITH R-PATZ AND BREATHED HIS SAME AIR?!!? COULD YOU, LIKE, BREATHE ON THIS PIECE OF PAPER AND SIGN IT??” Actually, our Pen was fairly dignified as these things go. Except for that one guy who really, really, REALLY wanted to get Anil Kapoor’s Autograph.

(Centre of Frame) Austrian actor Christoph Waltz got a best supporting actor nomination (and ended up winning and giving a very heartfelt speech) for Inglourious Basterds, and he’s facing Carey Mulligan, who got a nomination (and win) for Best Actress for her role in the movie An Education

(Centre of Frame) Austrian actor Christoph Waltz got a best supporting actor nomination (and ended up winning and giving a very heartfelt speech) for Inglourious Basterds, and he’s facing Carey Mulligan, who got a nomination (and win) for Best Actress for her role in the movie An Education

Ah, Matt Dillon. He was in “There’s Something About Mary” all those years ago, but is it wrong that I would have preferred his brother Kevin, who plays Johnny Drama in the TV series ‘Entourage’?

Ah, Matt Dillon. He was in “There’s Something About Mary” all those years ago, but is it wrong that I would have preferred his brother Kevin, who plays Johnny Drama in the TV series ‘Entourage’?

I think I saw him receive an award when I watched a replay of the ceremony, but his name escapes me . Still.. good luck to you, beareded sir!

I think I saw him receive an award when I watched a replay of the ceremony, but his name escapes me . Still.. good luck to you, beareded sir!

Actresss (now BAFTA winner) Carey Mulligan explains how this whole ‘acting’ thing works.

Actresss (now BAFTA winner) Carey Mulligan explains how this whole ‘acting’ thing works.

Christoph Waltz recognising a fellow Austrian? He was brilliant in Inglourious Basterds… like having a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Matlock working FOR THE BAD GUYS and doing it merely because he likes the challenge. Totally deserved his win for best supporting actor for that performance.

Christoph Waltz recognising a fellow Austrian? He was brilliant in Inglourious Basterds… like having a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Matlock working FOR THE BAD GUYS and doing it merely because he likes the challenge. Totally deserved his win for best supporting actor for that performance.

Wow. You could almost insert the entirety of the lyrics of the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story’ into this caption. She’s Vera Farmiga, I believe, and she was the second actress from the film ‘Up In The Air’ nominated for best supporting actress.

Wow. You could almost insert the entirety of the lyrics of the Taylor Swift song ‘Love Story’ into this caption. She’s Vera Farmiga, I believe, and she was the second actress from the film ‘Up In The Air’ nominated for best supporting actress.

Actor Alfred Molina played some kid in the pre-title sequence (?) of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Doc Ock in Spiderman2. Apparently he’s a respectable actor, though…. so it would appear then that I am simply not a respectable cinema attendee..

Actor Alfred Molina played some kid in the pre-title sequence (?) of Raiders of the Lost Ark, and Doc Ock in Spiderman2. Apparently he’s a respectable actor, though…. so it would appear then that I am simply not a respectable cinema attendee..

“ZOMG!!! IT’S KRISTEN STEWART FROM TWILIGHT!!! EEEEEE!!!”. Despite screams from everyone else, my main thought was: “Wow… she kind of looks like a manga character from Final Fantasy VIII from this angle and lighting”. And in this context that’s actually kind of a compliment, I guess.

“ZOMG!!! IT’S KRISTEN STEWART FROM TWILIGHT!!! EEEEEE!!!”.
Despite screams from everyone else, my main thought was: “Wow… she kind of looks like a manga character from Final Fantasy VIII from this angle and lighting”. And in this context that’s actually kind of a compliment, I guess.

There’s much that’s entertaining about this photo – the quirkily positioned Very Small Person to Kristen Stewart’s left; the odd implied-tan-lines on her shoulder based on reflections from the mirrored pole, and the sense that Kristen is pleading “please, ask me more questions so that I don’t have to turn around and cause everyone to start screaming at me again!!”

There’s much that’s entertaining about this photo – the quirkily positioned Very Small Person to Kristen Stewart’s left; the odd implied-tan-lines on her shoulder based on reflections from the mirrored pole, and the sense that Kristen is pleading “please, ask me more questions so that I don’t have to turn around and cause everyone to start screaming at me again!!”

INTERMISSION.... go and make yourself a cup of tea or take a shot of whiskey, and come back for Part 2 when you're ready.

We resume as if we never stopped, and Carey Mulligan is busly answering some (hopefully not too difficult) questions, as the rain starts gently drizzling and umbrellas start coming up, and decent angles start disappearing, and I start whimpering gently..

We resume as if we never stopped, and Carey Mulligan is busly answering some (hopefully not too difficult) questions, as the rain starts gently drizzling and umbrellas start coming up, and decent angles start disappearing, and I start whimpering gently..

This would appear to be Stanley Tucci, who played a character called Nigel in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (thanks, imdb.com) and was nominated for his portrayal as the bad guy in the Peter Jackson-directed "The Lovely Bones" (I do hope that wasn’t a spoiler or anything…)

This would appear to be Stanley Tucci, who played a character called Nigel in ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ (thanks, imdb.com) and was nominated for his portrayal as the bad guy in the Peter Jackson-directed "The Lovely Bones" (I do hope that wasn’t a spoiler or anything…)

I don’t know who these people are. Maybe they’re famous, but I just like the casual way they seem to be walking straight towards me like they’ve just remembered I owe them money.

I don’t know who these people are. Maybe they’re famous, but I just like the casual way they seem to be walking straight towards me like they’ve just remembered I owe them money.

The girl on the right with the sparkly dress might catch your eye (and she’s actress Jodie Whittaker) but possibly the more ‘important’ actress is wearing the white dress to the left – she’s Bonnie Wright and she plays Ginny in the Harry Potter films.

The girl on the right with the sparkly dress might catch your eye (and she’s actress Jodie Whittaker) but possibly the more ‘important’ actress is wearing the white dress to the left – she’s Bonnie Wright and she plays Ginny in the Harry Potter films.

I think the guy on the far left might be ‘somebody of note’ (with apologies to everyone else in the world, who is in their own way just as noteworthy), but I’m more intrigued at the flame in the background, as it appears the winter Olympics might just have broken out in London.

I think the guy on the far left might be ‘somebody of note’ (with apologies to everyone else in the world, who is in their own way just as noteworthy), but I’m more intrigued at the flame in the background, as it appears the winter Olympics might just have broken out in London.

It’s Vanessa Redgrave, who picked up a BAFTA Fellowship on the night (which I’m given to understand is a Very Big Deal), and could be an outside chance for a medal in the freestyle aerials event if my Olympics theory is right.

It’s Vanessa Redgrave, who picked up a BAFTA Fellowship on the night (which I’m given to understand is a Very Big Deal), and could be an outside chance for a medal in the freestyle aerials event if my Olympics theory is right.

“Job 314. Heh… yeah, that was me” If you know what I’m talking about then… you know what I’m talking about

“Job 314. Heh… yeah, that was me” If you know what I’m talking about then… you know what I’m talking about

Best meditative zen pose of the evening goes to….

Best meditative zen pose of the evening goes to….

The weather IS very cold, so I'm continuing my Olympics Theory, and actor Colin Firth is asked how he rates his chances as part of the bobsled four…

The weather IS very cold, so I'm continuing my Olympics Theory, and actor Colin Firth is asked how he rates his chances as part of the bobsled four…

With an eyebrow lift like that, I don’t care, YOU ARE FAMOUS, SIR! (Apologies if you’re famous for something even more notable than the eyebrow lift.. but even so, congrats on the expression)

With an eyebrow lift like that, I don’t care, YOU ARE FAMOUS, SIR! (Apologies if you’re famous for something even more notable than the eyebrow lift.. but even so, congrats on the expression)

Colin Firth, who ended up winning the BAFTA for Best Actor for "A Single Man". In his acceptance speech, he said he wrote an email to the director declining the role offer but was distracted from sending it when his fridge repair man arrived, and Firth then later reconsidered it. I’m not making this up… (well.. Firth might have been… but he mentioned it in his speech)

Colin Firth, who ended up winning the BAFTA for Best Actor for "A Single Man". In his acceptance speech, he said he wrote an email to the director declining the role offer but was distracted from sending it when his fridge repair man arrived, and Firth then later reconsidered it. I’m not making this up… (well.. Firth might have been… but he mentioned it in his speech)

Host for the night was Jonathan Ross. Despite having been the UK for nearly two years and certainly knowing who he is and what he looks like, I’ll be honest – I had no idea he had so much trouble pronouncing the letter ‘R’.

Host for the night was Jonathan Ross. Despite having been the UK for nearly two years and certainly knowing who he is and what he looks like, I’ll be honest – I had no idea he had so much trouble pronouncing the letter ‘R’.

… and his name is Mackenzie Crook, so this is not a particularly difficult caption. (He was the guy with the wooden eye in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies)

… and his name is Mackenzie Crook, so this is not a particularly difficult caption. (He was the guy with the wooden eye in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies)

I kind of like the two points of interest created by some slight (but not too egregious) photoshop work here. Actress Kate Winslet on left, Actor Andy Serkis on the right.

I kind of like the two points of interest created by some slight (but not too egregious) photoshop work here. Actress Kate Winslet on left, Actor Andy Serkis on the right.

Director James Cameron and wife (checking wireimage right now… hold on) ‘Suise Amis’ approach the interview stations. As is by now well known, he did not win the BAFTA for Best Picture or Best Director for his movie 'Avatar' on the night – that was won by his ex-Wife (!) Katherine Bigelow for ‘Hurt Locker’.

Director James Cameron and wife (checking wireimage right now… hold on) ‘Suise Amis’ approach the interview stations. As is by now well known, he did not win the BAFTA for Best Picture or Best Director for his movie 'Avatar' on the night – that was won by his ex-Wife (!) Katherine Bigelow for ‘Hurt Locker’.

Sometimes you get somebody else’s flash working for you remarkably well and end up with a good photo effect. In this case, 1 photo out of 1,357 taken on the night. If you haven’t watched Avatar, put aside a good three hours and see it. Alternatively, if you have a spare 'less than that', feel free to read my 'alternative' screenplay for it. My chances of ever being a set photographer on a James Cameron film are probably negligible after having written it

Sometimes you get somebody else’s flash working for you remarkably well and end up with a good photo effect. In this case, 1 photo out of 1,357 taken on the night. If you haven’t watched Avatar, put aside a good three hours and see it.
Alternatively, if you have a spare 'less than that', feel free to read my 'alternative' screenplay for it. My chances of ever being a set photographer on a James Cameron film are probably negligible after having written it

The reason for the beagles and cough impenetrable security for the night : A member of the royal family, in this case HRH Prince William, the future king of England, if my knowledge of royal genealogy is accurate.  I've photographed his Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II before, and that was at the Royal Premiere of "A Bunch of Amateurs"

The reason for the beagles and cough impenetrable security for the night : A member of the royal family, in this case HRH Prince William, the future king of England, if my knowledge of royal genealogy is accurate.  I've photographed his Grandmother Queen Elizabeth II before, and that was at the Royal Premiere of "A Bunch of Amateurs"

HRH Prince William. It’s such an odd backlit silhouette I kind of can’t not include this photo in the collection. It’s a portrait silhouette I’m looking forward to seeing on the backs of Commonwealth Coins one day, perhaps.

HRH Prince William. It’s such an odd backlit silhouette I kind of can’t not include this photo in the collection. It’s a portrait silhouette I’m looking forward to seeing on the backs of Commonwealth Coins one day, perhaps.

One more, just to show that a blurry shot can have some (cough) artistic merit. The Prince was apologising to the crowd for not being able to stay longer to sign and/or shake hands and/or kiss babies or whatever other request was being made of him

One more, just to show that a blurry shot can have some (cough) artistic merit. The Prince was apologising to the crowd for not being able to stay longer to sign and/or shake hands and/or kiss babies or whatever other request was being made of him

For the second time in just over a year (the premiere of "Revolutionary Road" being the other), Kate Winslet and I Share A Moment . And it makes me happy to feel like I'm being objectified by Kate Winslet.

For the second time in just over a year (the premiere of "Revolutionary Road" being the other), Kate Winslet and I Share A Moment . And it makes me happy to feel like I'm being objectified by Kate Winslet.

The first of only two times in the evening that the semi-distorted mirror/poles strewn around the place allowed me to take a double/image shot.

The first of only two times in the evening that the semi-distorted mirror/poles strewn around the place allowed me to take a double/image shot.

“Leo’s signed up for not one but two sequels to Titanic after James follows up Avatar? Woah”. I can’t say for sure, but who knows.

“Leo’s signed up for not one but two sequels to Titanic after James follows up Avatar? Woah”. I can’t say for sure, but who knows.

Actress Tamsin Egerton can’t stay to chat. Offhand, I think she was in "St Trinians 2 : The Legned of Fritton's Gold". Or, you know, the premiere for that film. (In my world, that amounts to much the same thing)

Actress Tamsin Egerton can’t stay to chat. Offhand, I think she was in "St Trinians 2 : The Legned of Fritton's Gold". Or, you know, the premiere for that film. (In my world, that amounts to much the same thing)

Actor Mickey Rourke and what I will describe as ‘his latest Russian Girlfriend’ even though to be fair I have no idea how many there have been, or if the number is simply one.

Actor Mickey Rourke and what I will describe as ‘his latest Russian Girlfriend’ even though to be fair I have no idea how many there have been, or if the number is simply one.

The second time I tried the reflection thing, it didn’t work so well. James Cameron again, and he graciously signed Moleskine Journal V for me at the ‘Avatar’ premiere. (it takes a lot for me to put down my camera at a premiere...)

The second time I tried the reflection thing, it didn’t work so well. James Cameron again, and he graciously signed Moleskine Journal V for me at the ‘Avatar’ premiere. (it takes a lot for me to put down my camera at a premiere...)

AMMMMMAAAAAGAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHDDDDD!!!!!!!! It’s about one third of the face of Robert Pattinson. (I know, right?)

AMMMMMAAAAAGAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHDDDDD!!!!!!!!
It’s about one third of the face of Robert Pattinson.
(I know, right?)

AMMMMMAAAAAGAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHDDDDD!!!!!!!! It’s almost the entirety of the face of Robert Pattinson. Honestly, I haven’t seen ‘Twilight’ but I thought the first book was not particularly great. I have nothing bad to say about his performance as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though…

AMMMMMAAAAAGAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHDDDDD!!!!!!!!
It’s almost the entirety of the face of Robert Pattinson. Honestly, I haven’t seen ‘Twilight’ but I thought the first book was not particularly great. I have nothing bad to say about his performance as Cedric Diggory in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, though…

Mickey Rourke is at too close a range for me to consider any kind of smarmy insult. Even here, at home, sitting at my laptop one day later

Mickey Rourke is at too close a range for me to consider any kind of smarmy insult. Even here, at home, sitting at my laptop one day later

Oh, look. It’s that guy. (The one checking his camera to see if he got that photo of the flame to turn out properly, I mean)

Oh, look. It’s that guy. (The one checking his camera to see if he got that photo of the flame to turn out properly, I mean)

There are six billion human beings on the planet, so I guess if you’re Robert Pattinson and everyone else isn’t, you might as well leverage it. Somebody should probably check to see if that girl with the green jumper is okay, though…

There are six billion human beings on the planet, so I guess if you’re Robert Pattinson and everyone else isn’t, you might as well leverage it.

Somebody should probably check to see if that girl with the green jumper is okay, though…

So... that was pretty major.

Until next time? Unlikely given I'm moving back to Australia… but if I’m in town again for the BAFTAS, then sure. Why not?

 

ps. On the off-chance you care, I've since gone back and done a commentary-less "Red Carpet Monochrome" version of this event, with different photos andor edits of shots, all in black'n'white.

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