The 2023 BAFTA Awards took place on 19 February 2023 and the ceremony has been widely-panned by a significant number of viewers.
What should’ve been the crown jewel of British entertainment was instead turned into a mistake-ridden sideshow with corny performances, telegraphed jokes, and an overall flat presentation.
Richard E. Grant told a selection of one-liners so bad they could’ve come from the backside of a Penguin bar wrapper, whilst Alison Hammond did her best to make the event seem somewhat-entertaining.
A Daytime TV Special
There seemed to be a complete disrespect of the BAFTAs and the prestige they should carry. Over the last couple of years, Great Britain has been in fine-form producing some of the most compelling films and television programs in the world, yet its premier event was treated like a daytime TV special.
Perhaps the most insulting segment of the 2023 BAFTAs occurred during Hammond’s interview with screen-legend Dame Helen Mirren, where the host repeatedly asked the actress if she was going ‘to party’ after the ceremony, despite Mirren’s insistence that she had to depart for Berlin at daybreak. Whilst I don’t blame Hammond for this as she likely didn’t write the questions, I have to wonder why Dame Helen was interviewed as if she was 25 years old.
The icing on the cake, however, occurred when Cary Mulligan was wrongly announced as the winner of the Best Supporting Actress award. Things got even worse as Mulligan was en-route to the stage to receive the honour before the mistake was corrected and Mulligan had to endure an embarrassing walk back to her seat.
The gaffe was edited out of future broadcasts, but the error will be remembered well considering how many people watched it live. Whilst the BAFTAs weren't quite as shambolic as the 2022 Oscars ceremony, the large number of mistakes, cringe-inducing jokes, and awkward interviews will surely cement it status as one of the worst award-shows ever broadcasted on British television.
One of the evening’s few highlights came when Austin Butler gracefully accepted his award for Best Actor and dedicated it to Lisa Marie Presley. Butler, who portrayed the late singer in the 2022 film Elvis, brought a much-needed level of sophistication to an award show that was littered with errors.
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