British and Hollywood royalty alike shared the red carpet on Thursday night as the stars came out for the 2014 BAFTA Los Angeles Jaguar Britannia Awards.
The glittering night included British Honorees Dame Judi Dench, Emma Watson, Mike Leigh, along with American honorees Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo and Julia Louis Drefus. Joining them were a host of exciting film and television stars such as Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who), Eddie Redmayne (The Theory of Everything), Allen Leech (Downton Abbey), Stephen Mangan (Episodes) and Ceclia Imrie (The Second Best Marigold Hotel) and Hollywood legend, Dustin Hoffman…just to name a few!
The Anglophile Channel was honored to be on the red carpet to chat with many honorees, dignitaries and presenters. Here are some of our favorite moments:
The Britannia Award is the highest accolade presented by BAFTA/LA and is a celebration of achievement honoring individuals and companies from the US, UK and beyond who have dedicated their careers or corporate missions to advancing the art-forms of the moving image.
This year’s ceremony was once again, hosted by comedian, Rob Brydon who threw down another “impression challenge” for his “The Trip” co-star, Steve Coogan:
What we love about events like this is the combination of legendary artists such as Dame Judi, mixed with the younger generation of talent, such as Emma Watson who represents the future of the entertainment industry. Absolutely electric.
Dame Judi was honored with Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment for her amazing six-decade career, while Emma Watson was honored with the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year. Dench regaled the crowd with a story of being told that she would never be in films due to her ‘face not being properly arranged’, along with the revelation that she has Harvey Weinstein’s tattoo on her ”bum”…and THAT’S why we love Dame Judi!~
In Watson’s acceptance speech she spoke of her years growing up on the Harry Potter set, and how the British film industry has been more than just a workplace for her, it became her second home, a surrogate family if you will. She dedicated her award to her hamster Millie who met with an untimely demise during the filming the first Potter film.
Our main focus at The Anglophile Channel is celebrating and promoting all things in British Entertainment, Arts & Culture…therefore, going after celebrity interviews is not always our main objective. Having the opportunity to speak to British dignitaries is equally important to us and is as great…if not greater…an honor. Such was the case when British Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott, British Consul-General Chris O’Connor and BAFTA/LA Chairman Nigel Daley all stopped by to chat with us on the red carpet!
There’s no doubt, however, that we do love looking at all the lovely ladies in their red carpet fashions. The biggest hit of the night for us was Jenna Coleman who stunned in a Victoria Beckham yellow halter-neck dress.
Jenna stopped to talk to us about her recent role as the hysterically dramatic Lydia Wickham in the BBC production of Death Comes to Pemberley and shared what her favorite Doctor Who episode was!
My secret crush, Stephen Magnan (Episodes) and the lovely Celia Imrie (The Second Best Marigold Hotel) were a pure delight to talk to and was quite impressed that there was such a thing as an Anglophile Channel! Spread the word guys!
We were equally excited to get our “Daily Dose of Downton” thanks to Downton Abbey star, Allen Leech who spoke to us about his appearance in the upcoming, The Imitation Game as well as gave us a ‘wee bit’ of what to expect in Season 5 for Downton! Yes, he was adorable.
British director, Mike Leigh (Mr Turner) was honored with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Excellence in Directing (Presented by the GREAT Britain Campaign) Presenting to Mr. Leigh was another great British director Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In The Name of The Father) who expressed to us what an honor it was to present the award to someone he considered to be the best director in Britain!
The two films receiving the most pre-Oscar buzz these days are The Imitation Game and The Theory of Everything…both starring British talent and both films centering on the lives of brilliant, ground-breaking Brits, Alan Turing and Stephen Hawking respectively.
We were delighted to have the opportunity to speak with Theory of Everything screenwriter, Anthony McCarten.
The Imitation Game director Morten Tyldum spoke to us about the importance of bringing Alan Turing’s story to the big screen and how he thought of Benedict Cumberbatch for the lead role.
Cumberbatch who was last year’s British Artist of The Year recipient, was not at this year’s event…but that did not stop his name from being on everyone’s lips! Here is what everyone was saying about the UK’s hottest export:
So it was another exciting BAFTA event celebrating the best in film and television from both Britain and America! Thank you BAFTA/LA for having The Anglophile Channel at another classy British soiree!
Lady Anglophile…picking out her gown for next year!