Michaela Coel reigned supreme, while Normal People‘s Paul Mescal reunited with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones at this year’s BAFTA TV Awards.
Now we know what you’re thinking, didn’t the BAFTAs already take this place this year? Well in case you didn’t know, the BAFTAs are split into two award ceremonies, with the film section taking place earlier this year, and the TV awards taking place last night. Last year’s ceremony took place early on in the pandemic, and we were left with glitchy Zoom acceptance speeches. So you can imagine our relief when this year’s show invited an actual, living, breathing, socially distanced audience. Presented by Richard Ayoade for the second time, the show got off to a roaring start with a stellar performance by Years and Years’ Olly Alexander, who sang his new single “Starstruck” while donning a mustard snakeskin jacket and matching trousers.
With various stars making an in-person appearance for the first time in months, the show saw celebs such as Paul Mescal and Michaela Coel take to the stage and snag some of the top prizes.
Keep on scrolling to see some of the best bits from last night’s show.
I May Destroy You held a middle finger up to the Golden Globes
One of the biggest mistakes of award season was the lack of recognition towards Michaela Coel’s extraordinary I May Destroy You. But finally, the BAFTAs gave the actress her flowers last night, and awarded the star with Best Actress and Best Mini-Series. Coel took to the stage during both speeches and singled out various crew members who helped her on the show.
Paul Mescal reunited with co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones, and things got emotional
This category was arguably one of the toughest we’ve seen: John Boyega, Josh O’Connor, Paapa Essiedu, Shaun Parkes, Waleed Zuaiter and Paul Mescal. But it made sense that 2020’s biggest breakout star, Normal People‘s Paul Mescal took the award home. Taking him by surprise, Mescal took to the stage and delivered a tearful speech, and dedicated his award to his co-star Daisy Edgar-Jones via Zoom link.
The weird virtual audience
If there is one thing we can’t wait to leave in 2021, it’s virtual audiences. As tradition dictates, award shows hosted in a pandemic must have a screen full of normal people watching from their homes like a live version of Gogglebox. While it didn’t make the show more entertaining, it definitely kept up with the times.
Life and Rhythms beats out the top shows
Imagery: Sky Arts
Imagery: Sky Arts
If you haven’t heard of Life and Rhythms on Sky Arts, then you haven’t been living life correctly. Beating out Ant & Dec, Strictly Come Dance and The Masked Singer, the show took home Best Entertainment last night for its spoken-word skits and post-colonialism stories.