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How to win a BAFTA

Now that all the BAFTAS have been dished out for yet another year, now’s your time to prepare yourself for 2016’s ceremony. This list is designed to help you come away with a BAFTA next year. Reporter: Edward Lauder Sub-Editor: Nader Kaddour

Be British

Photo Credit: Edward Lauder
Photo Credit: Edward Lauder

BAFTA is a celebration of British cinema, therefore it makes sense that they will prioritise your film, your performance or your script if you are from the small island. Try to be as British as possible, constantly apologising for everything, saying long words and having a posh accent can also help.

Have an unpronounceable name

Benedict Cumberbatch (this one really is a mouth full), Ralph Fiennes (or is it Rafe…), Chiwetel Ejiofor (try to say that name in a hurry). It could help if you had an interesting and unpronounceable name to set you apart from the rest of the crowd, many actors with difficult names to pronounce have come away with an award.

Be really really really ridiculously good-looking

Picture courtesy of www.facebook.com/ZoolanderMovie
Picture courtesy of www.facebook.com/ZoolanderMovie

Most BAFTA winners have all come from a very good gene pool. Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Jamie Foxx, Natalie Portman, the list is endless of amazing looking people bagging BAFTAs. It would help a great deal if you were really really ridiculously good-looking. Making both men and women scream your name and demand to have selfies with you can’t hurt your chances in coming away with a BAFTA.

Be in the film trade

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Picture courtesy of en.wikipedia.org

You can’t really get a BAFTA if you aren’t involved in film. Being an actor would be the most glamorous way of winning a BAFTA, but you can also make a documentary, short film, be really good at doing special effects, makeup or even writing music for films. There are so many ways in, just pick one.

Play a real person, either living or historical

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and Jane Hawking (Picture courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/TheoryofEverythingMovie)
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones as Stephen Hawking and Jane Hawking (Picture courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/TheoryofEverythingMovie)

As Ricky Gervais to Kate Winslet “I told you. Do a Holocaust movie and the awards will come.” He has a point. The actors that tend to come away with the awards have done so by portraying real life people. Colin Firth as King George VI, Meryl Streep as Margret Thatcher and most recently Eddie Redmayne as Stephen Hawking. Statistics don’t lie, look for the next real life person, political figure, iconic individual to play and act your socks off.

Kiss Stephen Fry

Photo Credit: Edward Lauder
Photo Credit: Edward Lauder

This year marked a change in what we have come to expect from the BAFTA Awards ceremony. In previous years host and national treasure Stephen Fry had asked one rather good-looking member of the audience, Jennifer Lawrence last year, Brad Pitt the year before that, to blow a kiss to the camera. However, this year Mr. Fry wanted to go one step further, actually asking both Michael Keaton and Edward Norton for a kiss. He followed it up by smooching Cuba Gooding Jr on stage. Good year for Stephen it would seem.