There were no surprises at the BAFTA Awards when it came to the accolades for the selected films, their production teams, the actors and the actresses, who all excelled in their roles. I am happy that I saw three of the films that were feted. That is not easy for me, as we do not have a cinema within 120 miles.
There was one surprise, the 2011 award of the Fellowship of the British Acting Federation. When Christopher Lee took to the stage, my memories of him as a strong erect man were brought up-to-date. Christopher Lee is an elegant elderly gentleman, who is now quite frail. Nevertheless, he was able to summon good energy to make a gracious acceptance speech,which had a rallying quality in its delivery. All his stage skills were in evidence; his timing, his use and projection of his voice, and above all, Lee’s diction was clear. At the end of his speech, Lee was determined to lift a quite solid masque award. He was not, however, able to carry it off the stage and at the same time, support himself with his walking stick.
Posthumous awards may bring comfort and be pleasing for close relatives of a departed award winner. It is even better, indeed, it is great to see that a major achievement and appreciation award from ones peers can be given during a person’s lifetime, and while that person can enjoy the pleasure of it.