Michaela Coel scoops two BAFTAs for I May Destroy You as she alludes to abuse in industry
Michaela Coel picked up two gongs at the BAFTA TV Awards for her show I May Destroy You, and urged the industry to do more to keep people safe on set.
The BBC Three show, which is themed around consent and sexual assault, won best mini-series, with Coel herself picking up the leading actress award.
Stood at the podium collecting her leading actress trophy, Coel dedicated her award to intimacy coordinator Ita O’Brien, thanking her for her work and “making the space safe… so we can make work about exploitation, loss of respect, abuse of power, without being exploited or abused in the process”.
She added: “I know what it’s like to shoot without an intimacy co-ordinator, the messy embarrassing feeling for the crew the internal devastation for the actor – your direction was essential to my show, and I believe essential for every production company that wants to make work exploring themes of consent.”
Elsewhere at the socially-distanced ceremony, which took place at Television Centre in west London, Diversity picked up the public-voted must-see moment for their Black Lives Matter inspired performance on Britain’s Got Talent, which drew tens of thousands of complaints to Ofcom.
Accepting the award, Ashley Banjo, the head of the group, said: “This is so much more than just an award.
“Thank you to everyone that stood by us… you guys made the difference to what was a really dark time.
Banjo added they received a “torrent of racially charged abuse” following the performance and said: “In a way, I have to thank the people that complained and put all that abuse out there online because you showed the truth.
“You showed exactly why this performance and this moment was necessary, and for all of those people – take a look… this is what change looks like.”
Sky News also picked up an award, winning the prize for news coverage, for its reporting of Inside Idlib, beating BBC News At Ten, Newsnight and Channel 4 News.
Head of Sky News, John Ryley, said: “Sky’s success at the BAFTAs reinforces yet again the importance of eye-witness, independent journalism and our flare for international news.”
Other winners at the ceremony, which was hosted by comedian and actor Richard Ayoade, included This Country’s Charlie Cooper, Malachi Kirby for Small Axe and Sky Arts’ Life And Rhyme – which pipped the likes of Saturday Night Takeaway and The Masked Singer to the entertainment award.
The BAFTAs usually take place in the grand surroundings of the Royal Albert Hall or the Royal Festival Hall, but with social distancing still in force, the show was moved to a TV studio, with just a handful of stars in the audience.
Ayoade, a veteran host of the awards, made a cheeky dig in his opening monologue, suggesting the academy could have waited another two weeks to allow a bigger event.
Special awards were put on hold this year, following the Clarke controversy, after it emerged that BAFTA gave the actor an outstanding contribution award despite being made aware of the allegations against him.
Taylor Swift crowned Time magazine’s Person of the Year
Taylor Swift has been named Time magazine’s Person of the Year for 2023.
The music star, 33, told the publication: “This is the proudest and happiest I’ve ever felt, and the most creatively fulfilled and free I’ve ever been.
“Ultimately, we can convolute it all we want, or try to overcomplicate it, but there’s only one question: Are you not entertained?”
The Shake It Off singer beat a range of finalists to take the title, including Barbie, former US president Donald Trump’s prosecutors and the King.
It tops off a record-breaking year for Swift, and she has collected several other end-of-year awards.
People Magazine named her 2023’s most intriguing person of the year while Forbes awarded her the title of the world’s most powerful woman in media and entertainment.
The 12-time Grammy winner also became Spotify’s most-streamed artist globally, with her songs being streamed more than 26 billion times.
She recently scored her seventh Grammy nomination for song of the year – overtaking Sir Paul McCartney and Lionel Richie.
Her Eras Tour is set to gross more than $1bn while the film version was the highest grossing concert film ever.
She also re-released new versions of her third and fifth albums Speak Now and 1989, which was sparked by a feud with music executive Scooter Braun over ownership of Swift’s masters.
Former Time Person of the Year winners in recent years include Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, Elon Musk and Greta Thunberg.
Time’s editor-in-chief Sam Jacobs said on NBC’s Today programme: “Picking one person who represents the eight billion people on the planet is no easy task.
“We picked a choice that represents joy. Someone who’s bringing light to the world,” he said.
“She was like weather, she was everywhere.”
Time awards the title to “the individual, group, or concept that has had the most influence on the world throughout the previous 12 months.”
US actors’ union SAG-AFTRA hails ‘enormous victory’ as it ratifies deal that ended strike
The US actors’ union has said the deal that ended its months-long strike was an “enormous victory” after it was ratified last night.
About 78% of SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild – American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) members voted in favour of the contract, with a turnout of around 38%.
The walkout lasted 118 days and brought Hollywood to a standstill, halting productions on film and television shows.
The strike ended on 9 November when a tentative agreement was reached between the union and the Alliance of Motion Picture and TV Producers (AMPTP). It began on 14 July, with pay disputes and the threat of artificial intelligence being the main issues.
SAG-AFTRA president Fran Drescher and chief negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland said: “Today we close out one of the most important chapters in recent entertainment industry history.
“This contract is an enormous victory for working performers, and it marks the dawning of a new era for the industry. Getting to this point was truly a collective effort.
“With the ratification of this agreement, SAG-AFTRA members will receive unprecedented wage escalation, significantly improved streaming compensation, and the first-ever crucial protections around the use of artificial intelligence technology.”
The deal now specifies compensation has to equate to the amount of work that would have been done by the actor, while companies have to get the consent of performers to use their facial features as part of the creation of any synthetic elements.
The actors’ strike came at the same time as the Writers Guild of America action, which was resolved in September, as the union agreed to a deal with studio bosses after 146 days on the picket line.
Denny Laine: Paul McCartney pays tribute after Moody Blues singer and Wings guitarist dies aged 79
Denny Laine, the lead singer of English rock band the Moody Blues and guitarist with Wings, has died aged 79.
The co-founder of both Wings, which also featured Sir Paul McCartney, and The Moody Blues “passed away peacefully” following a battle with lung disease.
In an Instagram statement, Elizabeth Hines wrote that it was an “absolute honour and privilege to not only be his wife, but to care for him during his illness and vulnerability”.
She wrote: “My darling husband passed away peacefully early this morning.
“I was at his bedside, holding his hand as I played his favourite Christmas songs for him. He’s been singing Christmas songs the past few weeks and I continued to play Christmas songs while he’s been in ICU on a ventilator this past week.
“He and I both believed he would overcome his health setbacks and return to the rehabilitation centre and eventually home.
“Unfortunately, his lung disease, Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD), is unpredictable and aggressive; each infection weakened and damaged his lungs. He fought every day. He was so strong and brave, never complained.
“All he wanted was to be home with me and his pet kitty, Charley, playing his gypsy guitar.”
Sir Paul posted on Instagram to pay tribute to Laine, saying he was “very saddened” by his ex-bandmates passing.
He said: “I have many fond memories of my time with Denny: from the early days when The Beatles toured with the Moody Blues.
“Our two bands had a lot of respect for each other and a lot of fun together. Denny joined Wings at the outset. He was an outstanding vocalist and guitar player.
“His most famous performance is probably ‘Go Now’, an old Bessie Banks song which he would sing brilliantly. He and I wrote some songs together, the most successful being ‘Mull of Kintyre’ which was a big hit in the Seventies.
“We had drifted apart, but in recent years managed to re-establish our friendship and share memories of our times together.
“Denny was a great talent with a fine sense of humour and was always ready to help other people. He will be missed by all his fans and remembered with great fondness by his friends. I send my condolences and best wishes to his wife, Elizabeth and family.
“Peace and love Denny. It was a pleasure to know you. We are all going to miss you.”
Ms Hines also wrote that the support from the public “brought him to tears”, and said her “world will never be the same”.
She added: “Denny was an amazingly wonderful person, so loving and sweet to me.
“He made my days colourful, fun and full of life-just like him. Thank you sweetie for loving me, for all the laughter, friendship, fun and for asking me to be your wife. I will love you forever.
“Please give Denny’s friends and family the time and privacy needed as we grieve our loss.”
Born Brian Hines in Tyseley, Birmingham, in October 1944, Laine had been a member of Birmingham-formed The Moody Blues during the 1960s.
He quit the band shorty after releasing The Magnificent Moodies in 1965 over a conflict with their record label.
He then joined Sir Paul and Linda McCartney in the Wings line-up in 1971 before departing the band in the 1980s.
Laine was also part of the World Classic Rockers, a touring act which had Donovan, Spencer Davis and founding member of The Eagles Randy Meisner play at various times.
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