When the awards ended, an extra pair of seats were brought out beside the panel. The foursome was joined by Stuart Hazeldine, director and producer of the low-budget British film Exam. The pair’s chat was just about to delve into greater detail about the film’s production and origin when they were ushered off stage to make room for award winners Carey Mulligan and Colin Firth.

Firth offered some great insights into the British film industry (giving a lot of support for the  romantic comedy genre) and seeming very glad that he is now entering a new (serious?) phase in his career. Mulligan appeared a bit shell-shocked by the night’s proceedings, and the chat was mainly dominated by the admittedly charismatic Firth. The duo were again ushered off to make way for Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz and Moon director Duncan Jones. Waltz was, like Firth, charismatic and self-deprecating about his win (and its career implications) and he was very complimentary of Quentin Tarantino and his directing style.

Jones on the other hand was very quiet, but happy that his little $5 million dollar film was rewarded during the night. He also said that his main job on set was trying to “freak out” star Sam Rockwell. The director said how he tried to copy the actor’s beard and haircut to add a creepy aspect to his time on set in order for Rockwell to give the right type of performance.

The night ended with a raffle for those attending – gifts ranging from champagne and a nominee goodie bag to Avatar place mats (!?), Sadly this Screen Rant writer went away empty-handed – although guests did get a minor goodie bag of their own, which was sadly worth a lot less than the thousands of pounds that the nominee gift bags were worth.

The night was fun and highly entertaining and well worth my time and effort to get there (which included standing on an overcrowded train for three hours!) I hope that I was able to give you a flavor of what it was like being there, and that I was able to offer you a sense of the buzz and electricity that permeated the evening.

Hopefully next year I’ll be able to bring you more news from the 2011 BAFTAS.

See the full list of the winners below:

Best Film: The Hurt Locker

Best Director: Kathryn Bigelow – The Hurt Locker

Outstanding British Film: Fish Tank – Kees Kasander, Nick Laws, Andrea Arnold

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: Duncan Jones (Director) – Moon

Best Leading Actor: Colin Firth – A Single Man

Best Leading Actress: Carey Mulligan – An Education

Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz – Inglourious Basterds

Best Supporting Actress: Mo’Nique – Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire

Rising Star Award: Kristen Stewart

Best Original Screenplay:  Mark Boal –The Hurt Locker

Best Adapted Screenplay: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner- Up In The Air

Best Animated Film: Pete Docter Up

Best Film Not in English Language:  Pascal Caucheteux, Marco Cherqui, Alix Raynaud, Jacques Audiard- A Prophet

Best Cinematography:  Barry Ackroyd- The Hurt Locker

Best Film Editing:  Bob Murawski, Chris Innis- The Hurt Locker

Best Production Design: Rick Carter, Robert Stromberg, Kim Sinclair – Avatar

Best Costume Design:  Sandy Powell- The Young Victoria

Best Special Visual Effects:  Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham, Andrew R. Jones – Avatar

Best Makeup & Hair:- Jenny Shircore- The Young Victoria

Best Music:  Michael Giacchino – Up

Best Sound:  Ray Beckett, Paul N. J. Ottosson – The Hurt Locker

Best Short Film:  James Bolton, Martina Amati – I Do Air

Best Animated Short:  Sally Arthur, Emma LazenbyMother of Many

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