Hell hath no fury like a tweeter scorned
Well, we all had a nice time watching the BAFTAs last night, didn’t we? Oh, how we laughed when Helena Bonham Carter accidentally kissed that man’s shoulder. And, my oh my, how we gasped when Jennifer Lawrence appeared to throw shade at Joanna Lumley! What a night it was. What a long, mildly diverting night it was.
Yet the controversy didn’t end with thrown shade and kissed shoulders. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, the exceptional black comedy starring Frances McDormand, took most of the top prizes, including best film, best British film and best actress for McDormand. No problem here, right? Like, the film’s great and the acting’s incredible. Ah, but some people are unhappy because Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is not – and never has been – Paddington 2.
The poor furry sod won bugger all at the 2018 BAFTAs, even though, last month, the CGI sequel became the best-reviewed film on the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes. Hugh Grant, in particular, has been singled out for his excellent, comic performance as the dastardly Phoenix Buchanan – yet Best Supporting actor went to Sam Rockwell for his turn in – you guessed it – Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Is there any justice in the world? Some film fans think not.
There has been an outcry across social media, as movie lovers have called for justice for Paddington 2. Yes, they’ve got their marmalade all in a lather, hammering their keyboards in a bid to banish the BAFTA judges to darkest Peru. Well, it’s too late to redistribute those gongs, but let’s see what people are saying, shall we?