Posted by: James Rhodes | March 13, 2016

BAFTAs 2016

BAFTAs

Sunday 14 February 2016

Firstly, I apologise for the lateness of this post; the past couple of months have been rather busy, and I’ve not really had the chance to write about some of my autograph escapades. Sorry! Anyways, better late than never…

The BAFTAs are always my favourite day of the year in this hobby. For the past eight years now I have spent a Sunday afternoon in the middle of February on Bow Street, outside the Royal Opera House, meeting the great and the good of the film world.

From Daniel Craig and Danny Boyle in 2009, Mickey Rourke, James Cameron and Anna Kendrick in 2010, Emma Watson, Samuel L Jackson and JK Rowling in 2011, George Clooney, Daniel Radcliffe and Colin Firth in 2012, Daniel Day Lewis and Jennifer Lawrence in 2013, Bradley Cooper, Tom Hanks and Oprah Winfrey in 2014 and Reese Witherspoon, David Beckham and Steve Carrell in 2015, it’s always a fun evening.

Once the nominations were announced in early January for 2016, I had a good feeling that it’d be another fun evening, with one of my all time favourites Alicia Vikander up for two awards, the idea of spending Valentines Day with her was rather exciting! Once the list of attendees was announced, I’d decided if I met any of Alicia, Steven Spielberg and Emilia Clarke, I’d go home happy.

I’ll skip the somewhat boring part that comes before the arrivals began, other than to say IT WASN’T RAINING! Third year in a row without rain, and another year of it not being too cold. The weather gods were on our side. I was probably about a third of the way down the red carpet, nicely sandwiched before the BBC red carpet interviewer, which hopefully was going to bode well for people coming over. It was hard to tell the order in which people arrived, so this is simply done in the order in which people came over.

First to come over to us was none other than one of the people I most wanted to meet, one of my favourites Alicia Vikander! The star of The Danish Girl was as lovely as always, and happily signed an index card for me, and posed for a photo too. Happy James!! I didn’t really mind at that point how the rest of the evening went at that point onwards!

I also got a few photos of her being interviewed, it was pretty nice to be able to hear the interview happening right in front of me!

Alicia was followed by Star Wars: The Force Awakens star, and winner of the night’s Rising Star award John Boyega! Much like at the Star Wars premiere (I still need to do a write up from that evening), John tried to meet as many people as he could. He signed an index card and posed for a photo.

James Bond producer Michael G Wilson was next to come over. He signed an index card and posed for a photo with me. As I’ve met Michael a couple of times in the past I gave the index card to a friend, who didn’t get him on the red carpet.

Brooklyn star Saiorse Ronan followed soon after. She signed an index card too and posed for a photo. I loved Brooklyn, one of my favourite films of last year probably. That reminds me, that’s another premiere I need to do a write-up for..

Matt Smith, best known for his starring role as the eleventh Doctor in Doctor Who was next to come over. It’s funny, I’ve wanted to get a photo with Matt since he first played the Doctor.. but he’s not exactly been the nicest to me over the past six years. This was the second time I’d met him in the space of a month, and he was really nice both times! He signed an index card and posed for a photo! Just one of the living Doctors to go before I’ve met the set.

Next to follow was one of my most wanteds and one of my all time favourite comedians, the awesome Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for his roles as Borat, Ali G, The Dictator and for his role in Les Miserables. I met Sacha at Wimbledon last summer, and he said he never poses for photos with people, but he did sign an index card for me then. Here, however, he was happy to sign an index card and pose for a photo! An awesome surprise!

His wife, actress Isla Fisher also signed an index card and posed for a photo with me.

Immediately behind Sacha and Isla was Steve Jobs star Michael Fassbender. Michael was as nice as he always has been, and signed an index card for me. I missed out on getting a photo with him in the quickness with Sacha there. My highlight however, was noticing the background of my photo with Isla Fisher. If you look closely, you can see Sacha taking a photo of Michael with a fan! I just find that really funny!

Rising Star nominee and star of Eddie the Eagle and Kingsman Taron Egerton soon followed. He signed an index card and posed for a photo. Again I’ve since given the index card to a friend who missed Taron.

Eddie Redmayne, star of The Danish Girl and Theory of Everything came over next, and signed my Theory of Everything DVD sleeve. I didn’t manage to get a photo with him, but as I’ve got a couple over past years I’m not too worried.

Spotlight actor Mark Ruffalo soon followed. He signed an index card and posed for a photo with me. I really like Mark; this is the third time I’ve met him and he’s always been lovely. Even if I do have a gatecrasher in my photo!

Next to come over was one of the people I was most hoping to meet, the legendary film director Steven Spielberg. The man responsible for films including Jaws, ET, Indiana Jones, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park and War Horse has been on my most wanted list for years, but I never imagined I’d meet him. I’d heard he was really friendly at the UK premiere of War Horse a few years back, which I sadly didn’t make. Although he didn’t seem to sign many on the red carpet, he was lovely to the people he did go over to. Steven signed my War Horse DVD sleeve, already signed by Jeremy Irvine and Tom Hiddleston, as well as an index card. He even posed for a photo with me. Unreal!

Skins and Unbroken actor Jack O’Connell followed next. He signed an index card and posed for a photo with me.

Jack was followed by the director of the Danish Girl, Tom Hooper. I got an index card signed by Tom, and a photo with him. I’ve since given the index card to a friend who didn’t get him on the red carpet.

The fantastic Kate Winslet came over next. The Steve Jobs nominee was really friendly, and signed an index card for me. She posed for a quick photo too. Just needed her Titanic co-star to turn up on the red carpet now!

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin was right behind Kate. He signed an index card for me, and posed for a photo. I love The West Wing, so it was great to meet the man behind it!

Aaron was followed by the man a lot of people were waiting for, Leonardo DiCaprio! The (finally) Oscar winning actor seemed to do his best to sign for as many people as he could, and posing for as many fans as he could too. Leo signed and dedicated an index card for me, and posed for a quick photo. This was the third time I’ve met him, and I’ve always found him to be a nice guy – I’m glad he finally won his Oscar!

Star Wars and Game of Thrones actress Gwendoline Christie came over next, and quickly signed an index card for me.

At about this point Emilia Clarke, the last person I was hoping to meet, went down the carpet, but didn’t come over. Ah well. I couldn’t really complain! Bryan Cranston also had been past at this point, and I’d not got him. Anyways, next to come over was the star of The Martian, Matt Damon! He was as nice as he’d been at the premiere of The Martian (another one I need to write up!). Matt signed an index card for me and posed for a quick photo.

Will Poulter soon followed, and was as nice as always. He signed an index card for me and posed for a photo with me. I loved We’re the Millers, somewhere I have a premiere ticket from it signed by Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston, but could I find it for the BAFTAs? Of course not!

The Devil Wears Prada and Hunger Games actor Stanley Tucci was next to come over. He signed my DVD sleeve of The Devil Wears Prada (which sadly smudged in the process), and posed for a photo with me.

Another Star Wars The Force Awakens actor came over next, Domhnall Gleeson. He was really quick, but signed an index card for me.

Douglas Booth, on the promotional trail for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies soon followed. He signed an index card and posed for a photo with me. I’ve since given the index card to my friend who didn’t get him on the red carpet.

Luther star Idris Elba was next to come over. He signed an index card and posed for a photo with me too. I’d not met Idris before, so I was glad he came over. His Luther co-star Warren Brown was with him, so I got an index card signed by him.

Idris was the last person I met, that was that. I missed a few people, and some I didn’t see at all, but it was certainly a successful evening! I just wish I’d managed to get my photo order done in time – the perils of going away on holiday and forgetting to order some before leaving! I has missed Bel Powley, but my friend who I gave a few of my spares to had managed to get her, and gave me the index card. Thanks Amber!

Spending Valentine’s Day with Alicia Vikander, it could have been worse!

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