Monday, 11 February 2008
After Saturday evening which involved very late car rides, private screenings and then an early start on Sunday, we finally arrived at the British Academy of Film and Theatre Arts at around 11:15, or putting it another way, just before the bar opened. Others drifted in shortly after us and by midday we were ready for a short screening before we were let loose to the streets around Theatreland to 'Shoot Bafta'.
The streets were closed to traffic in several areas, because of Chinese New Year, although that did mean that the areas around Lisle Street were rammed with people, and there was even a pedestrian one-way system in some parts.
At various times throughout the afternoon fireworks exploded loudly with plenty of smoke then curling across Leicester Square from Chinatown.
We eventually made our way to Covent Garden, checked out the red carpet which was still being prepared and then found some nice reserved seating from where we'd be able to watch proceedings in the evening.
Later we viewed the "15 shorts" (introduced by Mark Kermode). These are fifteen one minute movies - I liked "Frank", "Speed Dating" and the "Little Dinosaurs". Then (fanfare) we had a private screening of our own handiwork of the day in the "Shoot Bafta" Awards.
The scene by the red carpet area is quite amusing, with so many people jostling for views. Ubiquitous photographer step ladders and many people hoping for a glimpse, touch or autograph.
There's police everywhere and a huge procession of limos of all shapes and mainly large sizes.
We had our special wristbands which meant it was easier to wander past the various security folk with red jackets and into our special area.
So we watched a few friends from the movies arrive and then took our seats for the main event. Here's a short excerpt with Marion Cotillard winning best actress.
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