“I’m enjoying the fact it’s very unique, very special, and the fact that Bafta has this category means a lot.”
Who might be the first Black Panther cast member to text her to say congratulations?
“Luptia [N’yongo],” replied Letitia immediately, championing her co-star’s talent with technology. “She’s a bit quicker than Chadwick [Boseman].”
And who would be last?
“Michael B Jordan because he’s so busy and he’s making a thousand films!”
3. Bohemian Rhapsody’s director was conspicuous by his absence
One person who wasn’t present to represent Bohemian Rhapsody was its director Bryan Singer.
Bafta removed his name from the the film’s nominations due to allegations he sexually abused underage boys, which he denies.
Singer directed most of the film but exited the project before the film was completed.
However, despite the controversy, the movie took home best sound and best actor for Rami Malek.
“We did have a change of director halfway through filming,” acknowledged supervising sound editor John Warhurst backstage.
“But with everything the cast and crew was doing from one week to the next, there wasn’t a lot that changed really.
“Rami and everyone else came back to work the next day [after Singer left] and it just carried on without there being much of a change, and that’s when you realise how many people are involved in making a film like this.”
Speaking on the red carpet, Brian May added: “He was sacked for very good reason, not by us, but by Fox, so it’s a very arm’s-length kind of thing for us.”
4. Mahershala Ali’s success is down to basketball. Kind of
There’s a surprising link between best supporting actor winner Mahershala Ali and The Favourite director Yorgos Lanthimos – both played basketball prior to launching their film careers.
Speaking backstage, Mahershala said the team-building nature of the sport is, in fact, the perfect training for working on a major film.
“In basketball, there’s a sense of everyone touching the ball, everyone contributing, there’s only five people on the team, so you can see what everyone else is doing,” he explained.
“I think there’s this sense of real collaboration in sports. Michael Jordan knows he wouldn’t have won the championship without Bill Cartwright. It prepares you for being able to work with other people.”