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Tuesday 15 February 2011, 14:33

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How to present a British Academy of Film and Television Award

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    Comment number 1.

    Too bad you were cut off, that sounded like an awfully great speech! :-)

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    Comment number 2.

    I liked the jab at Hollywood's need to remake an entire foreign film to get around that horrible nuisance (ahem) of subtitles, though you're perhaps lucky Fincher wasn't there!

    Was thrilled to see you in that last minute 'lesser awards' montage at the end of the broadcast, though I hate both that you don't see the ENTIRE show (what's wrong with the technical awards?!), and also the cynicism in leaving the actors until after the directors, who should, really, come towards the end! Directors are not as unsung as the organisers think, are they? I sure hope not.

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    Comment number 3.

    Dear Mark,

    Have you ever considered running some wittertainment awards, voted for by your dedicated listeners? Would either be a compliment to your opinions or a wonderful reason to rant at us all.

    Jack

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    Comment number 4.

    I caught most of the BAFTAs the other night, and it was great to see you presenting an award Dr. K, even if you were bunged in at the end with the "non-important" awards, which is a concept that always annoys me.

    Why does a film not being in English mean that it has to run in a seperate category? I understand that it exists to give more recognition to foreign language films (although apparently not on TV as it only flashes up for two quiff-filled seconds of screen time right at the end), but it just seems to say: "These films weren't in English and therefore can't possibly be better than those that were". I'm not really sure of the ins-and-outs of it, but are those films even eligible for the "Best Film" category in the first place?

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    Comment number 5.

    Mark - when will you be presenting the Kermode Awards for 2010? Or have I missed that already?

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    Comment number 6.

    Barftastic

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    Comment number 7.

    You'll be happy to know that both the producer that you named AND the director are Danish. Swedes don't have æ and ø in their alphabet. I should know, I'm Norwegian.

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    Comment number 8.

    Don't worry, Empire Online live blogged what you said ad I agree entirely. And another thing, presenting an Award at a BBC televised awards show, hosted by Jonathan Ross does indeed make you mainstream. Cue sad face, :(

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    Comment number 9.

    succinct.

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    Comment number 10.

    The look of childish glee on your face as you went through all your souvenirs was more entertaining than the entire ceremony.

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    Comment number 11.

    SIR Paul McCartney?

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    Comment number 12.

    I know you think you know why you made that disgruntled face, Kermode, and you made a whole blog to explain why you made that face, but I ASSURE you that it was because you had to give the award to what is probably one of the worst films of the past three years.

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    Comment number 13.

    Those BAFTA goodies/souvenirs were interesting to see!

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    Comment number 14.

    How sweet! We're getting to see star struck and excited Dr K. Bless you, with your party invites and wristbands, and the name dropping! That was such a joy to behold :D
    You're right, I didn't notice or hear you read out the names that you took time to learn properly beforehand. Nevermind, we all enjoyed your banter on the red carpet before the ceremony, and the bored expression on your face when the talk turned to fashion!
    Will you do a little film regarding your thoughts on the winners and losers? I hope so.
    It would also be quite interesting to know how the voting works.
    Do your votes get picked up from your home? do all the judges have to gather together in one room to vote? do you know the results before the ceremony?
    Well done Dr K!

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    Comment number 15.

    Let me echo iwasclaudio's request for the Wittertainment Awards. We could all vote on-line via some interactive poll. Films can be nominated by anyone, the only criteria being that they were released somewhere on planet earth between the 1st of Jan - 31st December (the awards could take place in Jan or Feb of the following year).

    The actual awards themselves could be something like the Bafta's masks, but they have quiffed hair, and you could personally present them to the winners (which gives you a good excuse to have more cool people on the radio show). And there'll be no need for this "Best Foreign Language" award - everyone gets to compete equally.

    Best of all, it could run parallel with the Kermode awards, so you'll be able to tell us how wrong we all are, and how right you are.

    (And if presenting award makes you mainstream, please let that mean you'll take over Film 2011 from Claudia Winkleman ... nothing against her personally, you're just better. Nuff said.)

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    Comment number 16.

    Trinkets from the dark side? Really Dr K, let's just hope you don't end up 'more machine now than man' shuffling forward from your black slab-like surgical table, fists clenched in desperation and screaming in anger "Noooooooooooooooooooooo!!"

    Nice. Keep up the faith.

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    Comment number 17.

    Oh and @iwasclaudio I LIKE your idea!

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    Comment number 18.

    @ #16:

    Darth Mark? lol :P

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    Comment number 19.

    Dr K.
    I don't see why you were so worried about pronouncing the names wrong, following Rosamund Pike pronunciation dosen't seem like such a big deal. It was a shame you were shoved into the end i thought that best film not in the english language was a pretty important catagory.

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    Comment number 20.

    How to accept a British Academy of Film and Television Award: in person. Off the top of my head, there were FIVE no-show winners - all of whom '...couldn't be there' (read couldn't be bothered to turn up).

    You can bet your bottom dollar they'll all be present-and-correct at the forthcoming, and more prestigious, Oscars!

 

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