Brad Pitt makes Brexit and Megxit quips as he wins Best Actor BAFTA

‘I’m naming this award Harry, because it’s coming back to the US with me!’ Brad Pitt makes Mexit and Brexit quips as he wins Best Actor BAFTA… after he drops out ‘due to family obligations’

Brad Pitt continued his run of 2020 awards show glory, picking up the British Academy Film Award on Sunday night.

The star, 56, won the Supporting Actor BAFTA for his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, but was absent from the star-studded London ceremony after dropping out at the last minute due to ‘family obligations.’

His coveted award was collected by his co-star Margot Robbie, who read out a speech from Brad, including well-timed Mexit and Brexit quips as she took to the stage on his behalf at the 73rd annual event.

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Absent: Brad Pitt continued his run of 2020 awards show glory, picking up the British Academy Film Award on Sunday night, but failed to show up to the London ceremony

Brad sent a tongue-in-cheek acceptance speech which was read out by Margot, who lost out on her Supporting Actress nomination for her Sharon Tate role in the Quentin Tarantino movie. 

The speech had the A-list crowd gathered at London’s Royal Albert Hall in hysterics as he joked about his famously single status.  

‘Hey Britain, heard you just became single, welcome to the club,’ read the speech while he went on to poke fun at Megxit, after Prince Harry and Meghan Markle stepped back from their senior roles in the Royal Family and moved to Canada.

Having a laugh: After Brad’s quips were delivered, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were in attendance on the night, were seen laughing along with the audience

Margot continued Brad’s speech: ‘He says he is going to name this Harry because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him. His words not mine.’

After Brad’s quips were delivered, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who were in attendance on the night, were seen laughing along with the audience.

When contacted by MailOnline, a representative for Brad Pitt declined to comment regarding the star’s absence from the show.

However, a source close to the actor revealed to MailOnline that the star was unable to attend the event due to ‘family obligations’. 

Joker: The award was collected by his co-star Margot Robbie, who read out a speech from Brad, including a well-timed Brexit quip

 

Brad wasn’t the only one to comment on Brexit after scooping an award at the glitzy awards ceremony on Sunday.

After Taika Watiti scooped the Adapted Screenplay trophy for Jojo Rabbit, he made a less comedic acknowledgement of the UK’s exit from the European Union, which became official in the last hour of January 31.

Taking to the stage, he said: ‘Thanks BAFTA, this is very, very cool for me. Coming from the colonies, we know it’s been a hard week for you guys. It’s very nice to take a little bit of your gold back home. Where it belongs.’

Last month, Harry relocated to Canada to join his wife and son Archie, after weeks after the couple’s shock announcement that they’d be quitting the Royal Family.

Moved: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex are currently in Canada, after announcing they’d be stepping away from the Royal Family and moving to North America

Ahead of leaving the UK, Harry spoke of his ‘great sadness’ at leaving the Royal Family, but said he and Meghan had ‘no other option’ than to quit senior royal duties.

In an emotional speech at a dinner for children’s charity Sentebale, the 35-year-old said the UK is a place that he loves and that will ‘never change’ and the royal couple had hoped to continue serving the Queen, the Commonwealth and his military associations, without any public funding, but this was not possible.

Harry also paid a stirring tribute to his grandmother, calling her his ‘commander-in- chief’ and that he was ‘incredibly grateful’ to Her Majesty and the rest of his family for supporting him and Meghan.

He said: ‘Once Meghan and I were married we were excited. We were hopeful and we were here to serve. For those reasons it brings me great sadness that it has come to this.

‘The decision that I have made for my wife and I to step back is not one I made lightly. It was so many months of talks after so many years of challenges and I know I haven’t always gotten it right but as far as this goes there really was no other option.’

It comes after a recent statement from the Queen that Harry and Meghan will ‘not use their HRH titles’, as they look to forge a new life in North America.

As well as returning the £2.4 million spent on a lavish refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, they will pay a commercial rent – estimated at up to £360,000 a year – to retain it as their British home.

The Duke of Sussex added: ‘What I want to make clear is we’re not walking away and we certainly aren’t walking away from you.

‘Our hope was to continue serving the queen, the commonwealth and my military associations but without public funding.

‘Unfortunately that wasn’t possible. I’ve accepted this knowing that it doesn’t change who I am or how committed I am but I hope that helps you understand what it had come to that I would step my family back from all I have ever known to take a step forward into what I hope can be a peaceful life.’

The deal hammered out at Sandringham stipulates that the pair, who will be known as Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, will cease to be working members of the Royal Family from this spring and will not perform any official duties on behalf of the Queen – effectively leaving ‘The Firm’ completely.

By quitting their senior royal roles, they will sacrifice their HRH title.

Sam Mendes’ 1917 led the winners at the 73rd annual EE British Academy Film Awards on Sunday night.  

The World War I masterpiece took home seven gongs, which included the Best Film, Director, Outstanding British Film, Special Visual Effects, Cinematography, Production Design and Sound at the star-studded ceremony.

While Renee Zellweger, 50, won the Leading Actress gong for her role as Judy Garland in the namesake biopic Judy with Joaquin Phoenix, 45, taking home the Leading Actor award for his role as Joker.   

Despite receiving 11 nominations, Joker only took home three awards – Casting, Original Score and Joaquin’s Leading Actor gong.   

Other A-lister wins included Laura Dern, 52, who won the Supporting Actress gong for her role as cutthroat lawyer Nora Fanshaw in Marriage Story. 

While an absent Brad Pitt won the Supporting Actor gong for his role as Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which was collected by his co-star Margot Robbie who lost out on her own Supporting Actress nomination for her Sharon Tate role in the Quentin Tarantino movie.   

Andy Serkis was honoured with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award by his Lord Of The Rings co-star Sir Ian McKellen while E.T producer Kathleen Kennedy received the highest honour with The Fellowship award.  

Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite received two wins on Sunday evening, taking home the Film Not in the English Language and Original Screenplay gongs. 

Top Boy and Blue Story actor Michael Ward won the EE Rising Star Award, which was voted for by the public.

For Sama won Documentary, Jojo Rabbit won Adapted Screenplay, Le Mans ‘66 won Editing and Klaus took home the Animated Film award.   

Despite not winning an award for her role, Margot Robbie’s Bombshell won the Make Up & Hair BAFTA with Little Women winning Costume Design. 

Writer/director Mark Jenkin and producers Kate Byers and Linn Waite won the Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Bait.

While Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl) took home the British Short Film award and Grandad Was a Romantic won the British Short Animation gong.   

The 2020 ceremony is the 73rd annual EE British Academy Film Awards and is considered the UK’s most prestigious awards ceremony. It is also the last event to take place ahead of the Oscars. 

The ceremony was hosted by Graham Norton, taking over the role from Joanna Lumley, who hosted for two years prior. 

BAFTA winners and nominees are voted for by 6,500 BAFTA members, comprised of industry professionals and creatives around the world. 

Members vote to decide the nominations from hundreds of films in round one, then vote for the winner from the shortlist in round two.

A-list attendees: Brad Pitt was among the many stars expected to jet over to the UK for the ceremony held at London’s Royal Albert Hall, with the seating chart finalised on Thursday 

Big names: The Hollywood actor was expected to enjoy plum seating among a host of stars

BAFTAs 2020: THE WINNERS

 BEST FILM

1917 Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Sam Mendes, Jayne-Ann Tenggren – WINNER 

THE IRISHMAN Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Martin Scorsese, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

JOKER Bradley Cooper, Todd Phillips, Emma Tillinger Koskoff

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD David Heyman, Shannon McIntosh, Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Bong Joon-ho, Kwak Sin-ae

Joker has earned the most nods with 11 nominations 

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM

1917 Sam Mendes, Pippa Harris, Callum McDougall, Jayne-Ann Tenggren, Krysty Wilson-Cairns – WINNER 

BAIT Mark Jenkin, Kate Byers, Linn Waite

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

ROCKETMAN Dexter Fletcher, Adam Bohling, David Furnish, David Reid, Matthew Vaughn, Lee Hall

SORRY WE MISSED YOU Ken Loach, Rebecca O’Brien, Paul Laverty

THE TWO POPES Fernando Meirelles, Jonathan Eirich, Dan Lin, Tracey Seaward, Anthony McCarten

 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER

BAIT Mark Jenkin (Writer/Director), Kate Byers, Linn Waite (Producers) – WINNER 

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab (Director/Producer), Edward Watts (Director)

MAIDEN Alex Holmes (Director)

ONLY YOU Harry Wootliff (Writer/Director)

RETABLO Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio (Writer/Director)*

 

FILM NOT IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE

THE FAREWELL Lulu Wang, Daniele Melia

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts

PAIN AND GLORY Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar

PARASITE Bong Joon-ho – WINNER 

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE Céline Sciamma, Bénédicte Couvreur

 

DOCUMENTARY

AMERICAN FACTORY Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert

APOLLO 11 Todd Douglas Miller

DIEGO MARADONA Asif Kapadia

FOR SAMA Waad al-Kateab, Edward Watts – WINNER 

THE GREAT HACK Karim Amer, Jehane Noujaim

 

Frozen 2 earns a nomination for Animated Film

ANIMATED FILM

FROZEN 2 Chris Buck, Jennifer Lee, Peter Del Vecho

KLAUS Sergio Pablos, Jinko Gotoh – WINNER 

A SHAUN THE SHEEP MOVIE: FARMAGEDDON Will Becher, Richard Phelan, Paul Kewley

TOY STORY 4 Josh Cooley, Mark Nielsen

 

DIRECTOR

1917 Sam Mendes – WINNER 

THE IRISHMAN Martin Scorsese

JOKER Todd Phillips

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Bong Joon-ho

 

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

BOOKSMART Susanna Fogel, Emily Halpern, Sarah Haskins, Katie Silberman

KNIVES OUT Rian Johnson

MARRIAGE STORY Noah Baumbach

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Quentin Tarantino

PARASITE Han Jin Won, Bong Joon-ho – WINNER 

Once Upon A Time… In Hollywood has earned 10 nods 

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

THE IRISHMAN Steven Zaillian

JOJO RABBIT Taika Waititi – WINNER 

JOKER Todd Phillips, Scott Silver

LITTLE WOMEN Greta Gerwig

THE TWO POPES Anthony McCarten

 

LEADING ACTRESS  

JESSIE BUCKLEY Wild Rose

SCARLETT JOHANSSON Marriage Story

SAOIRSE RONAN Little Women

CHARLIZE THERON Bombshell

RENÉE ZELLWEGER Judy – WINNER 

 

Saoirse Ronan has earned a leading actress nod for Little Women

LEADING ACTOR

LEONARDO DICAPRIO Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood

ADAM DRIVER Marriage Story

TARON EGERTON Rocketman

JOAQUIN PHOENIX Joker – WINNER 

JONATHAN PRYCE The Two Popes

  

  

 SUPPORTING ACTRESS

LAURA DERN Marriage Story – WINNER 

SCARLETT JOHANSSON Jojo Rabbit

FLORENCE PUGH Little Women

MARGOT ROBBIE Bombshell

MARGOT ROBBIE Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood

 

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

TOM HANKS A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

ANTHONY HOPKINS The Two Popes

AL PACINO The Irishman

JOE PESCI The Irishman

BRAD PITT Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood – WINNER 

 

ORIGINAL SCORE

1917 Thomas Newman

JOJO RABBIT Michael Giacchino

JOKER Hildur Guđnadóttir – WINNER 

LITTLE WOMEN Alexandre Desplat

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER John Williams  

 

JoJo Rabbit has received six nominations in total

CASTING

JOKER Shayna Markowitz – WINNER 

MARRIAGE STORY Douglas Aibel, Francine Maisler

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Victoria Thomas

THE PERSONAL HISTORY OF DAVID COPPERFIELD Sarah Crowe

THE TWO POPES Nina Gold

 

CINEMATOGRAPHY

1917 Roger Deakins – WINNER 

THE IRISHMAN Rodrigo Prieto

JOKER Lawrence Sher

LE MANS ’66 Phedon Papamichael

THE LIGHTHOUSE Jarin Blaschke

 

Netflix hit The Irishman has 10 nominations

EDITING 

THE IRISHMAN Thelma Schoonmaker

JOJO RABBIT Tom Eagles

JOKER Jeff Groth

LE MANS ’66 Andrew Buckland, Michael McCusker – WINNER 

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Fred Raskin

 

PRODUCTION DESIGN 

1917 Dennis Gassner, Lee Sandales – WINNER 

THE IRISHMAN Bob Shaw, Regina Graves

JOJO RABBIT Ra Vincent, Nora Sopková

JOKER Mark Friedberg, Kris Moran

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Barbara Ling, Nancy Haigh

 

COSTUME DESIGN 

THE IRISHMAN Christopher Peterson, Sandy Powell

JOJO RABBIT Mayes C. Rubeo

JUDY Jany Temime

LITTLE WOMEN Jacqueline Durran – WINNER 

ONCE UPON A TIME… IN HOLLYWOOD Arianne Phillips

 

Sam Mendes’ movie 1917 has received nine nominations 

MAKE UP & HAIR 

1917 Naomi Donne

BOMBSHELL Vivian Baker, Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan – WINNER 

JOKER Kay Georgiou, Nicki Ledermann

JUDY Jeremy Woodhead

ROCKETMAN Lizzie Yianni Georgiou

 

SOUND

1917 Scott Millan, Oliver Tarney, Rachael Tate, Mark Taylor, Stuart Wilson – WINNER 

JOKER Tod Maitland, Alan Robert Murray, Tom Ozanich, Dean Zupancic

LE MANS ’66 David Giammarco, Paul Massey, Steven A. Morrow, Donald Sylvester

ROCKETMAN Matthew Collinge, John Hayes, Mike Prestwood Smith, Danny Sheehan

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER David Acord, Andy Nelson, Christopher Scarabosio, Stuart Wilson, Matthew Wood

 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS

1917 Greg Butler, Guillaume Rocheron, Dominic Tuohy – WINNER

AVENGERS: ENDGAME Dan Deleeuw, Dan Sudick

THE IRISHMAN Leandro Estebecorena, Stephane Grabli, Pablo Helman

THE LION KING Andrew R. Jones, Robert Legato, Elliot Newman, Adam Valdez

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Roger Guyett, Paul Kavanagh, Neal Scanlan, Dominic Tuohy

 

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 

GRANDAD WAS A ROMANTIC. Maryam Mohajer – WINNER 

IN HER BOOTS Kathrin Steinbacher

THE MAGIC BOAT Naaman Azhari, Lilia Laurel

 

BRITISH SHORT FILM 

AZAAR Myriam Raja, Nathanael Baring

GOLDFISH Hector Dockrill, Harri Kamalanathan, Benedict Turnbull, Laura Dockrill

KAMALI Sasha Rainbow, Rosalind Croad

LEARNING TO SKATEBOARD IN A WARZONE (IF YOU’RE A GIRL) Carol Dysinger, Elena Andreicheva – WINNER 

THE TRAP Lena Headey, Anthony Fitzgerald

 

EE RISING STAR AWARD (voted for by the public)

AWKWAFINA

JACK LOWDEN

KAITLYN DEVER

KELVIN HARRISON JR.

MICHEAL WARD – WINNER 

Producer Kathleen Kennedy will be granted the BAFTA Fellowship Award.

Actor Andy Serkis will be honoured for his Outstanding Contribution to Cinema. 

 

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