The Alternative (Real) Pride Power List 2015

(Alternative) Pride Power

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Every year, after the London Pride events in June, a list arrives celebrating and ranking the top 100 influential forces or do-gooders for gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, trans-gender and community equalities for LGBT regions of the country.

Usually this list has had an interesting and respectful collection of such people, but the 2015 ‘Pride Power’ list, which seems to change its name every year, has proven to be somewhat of an upsetting embarrassment to all LGBT communities.

Mis-represented, omitted and influences have been shelved for more ‘traditional television personalities who actually do nothing to support, influence or highlight community aspects. Many have a ‘secret panel’ where some people choose their favourites for the list. Not exactly moving in the direction it should be and actually neglecting who has REALLY made a difference in the world of equality for all.

Not every man who helps equality with women, race, gender and sexuality is ‘a gay.’ Cheating, depravity and ‘on TV’ idiots prancing around like Rylan Clark, who also had it off with a man who was on the TV show he presented, whose now partner had a boyfriend at that time, do not scream influence. Nor does it move gays into a forward position. Even gays are upset with this listing. Clark was never reprimanded for his abuse and break-up of such couple. Something every gay man should be seen as even though ‘real’ non-celebrities are nothing of the sort? Lunacy. This is one example of the choices that affect and disassociate the real LGBT communities with office listing desk writers unaccompanied to the real feeling of such a society.

So, once again, where others fails (for more than one or two years) it is up to FalseFabs to intervene and address the ‘Proper’ Pride Power 2015 list. June/July’s original release, which has stopped number rankings, has still managed to upset those in the gay communities, to which we have links, just as many other sectors and sources. So here is the alternative and accurate 2015 Pride Power List. We are available for list creation bookings, should anyone wish to liaise on this or many other subjects.

The list is usually printed in The Guardian newspaper, as supplement. Though an alternative has been drafted since recognition and inclusion of those omitted time and again, inclusive on the part of LGBT voices of the same expression has led this list creation. All are adequately placed, in the correct manner.

These are actual influencers, writers, personalities and helpers of equality for all. Not a list of gay love in’s. And yes, some straight people can be included.

Well, here it is.

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1. Max Waltham

Wrestling Blogger, Writer, Journalist, Pioneer

Known to all and not referenced at all but all ideas taken, re-defined written word and re-structured ethical dimensions on sport, including Wrestling in general. Envy of all the world, yet looked upon for every piece of advice. Sets righteous boundaries and level understanding of actions. Moralistic and gay rights champion.

2. Ellen DeGeneres

U.S Chat Show Host

Multi-award winning Emmy Chat Show host, dominates mainstream US television chatter with precision and skill. Came out in 1997 to staunch criticism to come on top. Ethical Vegan puts American and gay culture at top of priorities with humble, caring and cool nature without any hate fuelled abuse,

3. Stephen Fry

Writer, Actor, TV Presenter,

Work on people dealing with gay issues and lifestyles charismatically investigated. Campaigner for Gay Rights international, especially in hostile, negative environments. Hilarious tweets and communications encourage droves of onlookers listening to legitimate concerns. Gentlemanly ways and eloquent cultural icon.

4. Sir Elton John

Singer, Songwriter, Campaigner, Pianist

Multi-faceted talent uses fortune for good in charity work, raising funds for HIV and AIDS support in many countries, helping non-gay sufferers also. Spoke out on fashion label Dolce and Gabanna for immoral calling of children to same sex couples as “synthetic.” Stands for moral foundations. Beacon of UK Award winning culture.

5. Sir Ian McKellen

Esteemed Gandalf ringer and X Man aficondao continues charity and activist work in numerous fields. Campaigns for equal rights for all, especially LGBT communities often forgotten. West-End icon and respected international actor. Also stars in self-penned TV Drama, Vicious with Derek Jacobi, focusing on fictional elderly gay lifestyle.

6. Russell T. Davies

Creator of age old iconic drama Queer as Folk returned to TV writing with modern gay lifestyles troubles in Cucumber and Banana.

7. Graham Norton

Witty and humourous TV chat show host attracting huge guests for fun show entertains all. Fun, skilled at chat and a presence of modern day TV lead by gay powerhouse with talent shines light on LGBT communities as one with public under no detractions.

8. Lord Alli

First openly gay peer able to repeal unfair or wrong laws among gay communities. Instrumental in lowering age for consensual sex and supports gay marriage. Continues campaign work for fairer equality.

9. Peter Tatchell

Tackles numerous gay issues over many years past. Focused more recently on anti-gay laws in oppressed countries like Russia and Uganda. Also challenges perceptions against AIDS. Activist with strong, moral intentions and debatable yet respectful opinion from community lives.

10. Laverne Cox

Sprung to attention as funny and chirpy personality in new drama Orange is the New Black. First African-American transgender female to produce ans star in own reality show, guiding light on trans life. Honoured by GLAAD last year for trans community work.

11. Paul O’Grady

Chat show host who pulls no punches and stands tall on issues while adding fun humour entertains and puts moral points into effect. Stands up for oppressed, including vicious attacks on welfare abuse and homophobic issues. Patron of Peter Tatchell foundation including wider recognition in dealing with pressing LGBT issues often forgotten or mis-represented.

12. Clare Balding

Supreme TV presenter in demand continuously for sterling work in capabilities to multi-task genre. Presents Women’s Hour programmes for BBC Radio. Defiantly stood up to negativity but presenting Sochi Winter Olympics in Russia despite anti-gay laws passed, said to be unreflective of LGBT Russians. Respected with OBE in 2013.

13. Angela Eagle

Liverpud MP and greyhound fighter for equality uses time in parliament to fight for oppressed in charismatic, caring fashion. Unrelenting and strong willed, politician continues to embrace fair society for all. Came out in 1997 as first lesbian MP.

14. Carol Ann-Duffy

First openly gay Scotswoman to be named UK Poet Laureate. Strong playwright and poetical strength display talented individual recognised for talent and not sexuality.

15. Sue Sanders

Chair of School’s Out focusing on LGBT rights and tackling homophobia in schools. Co-founder of LGBT History month, shedding light on historical foundations and moving with relevant times to society today.

16. Christopher Bailey

Mentor to Royal College of Art. Leading force at Burberry, boosting it’s business interests and communications to further success.

17. Claire Harvey

Captained Team GB in Paralympics for Sitting Volleyball squad, 2012. Assistant Director to Youth Sport Trust, working with others to reach their full potential in sport and community.

18. Kate Stone

Took stand against Press Complaints Commision (PCC) after wrongful printing of transgender status without consent or truth. Immoral actions turned in Stone’s favour, holding Press misprints without consent or moral implications, as then non-public figure, to account.

19. Tim Sigsworth / Albert Kennedy Trust

CEO and campaigner at Albert Kennedy Trust, working for young, homeless people needing LGBT support from neglectful families and friends. Helps those in hostile and homeless environments, mostly on 16-25 year olds.

20. Tom Daley

Olympic diver made bold decision to come out publically in 2013 in viral YouTube video. Role model mostly for young people struggling with sexuality. Adored by all for brave choices in growing, negative world. Gold Medallist preparing for next upcoming Olympic games.

21. Luisa Bradshaw-White

Soap actress involved in careful and charismatic portrayal of same-sex domestic violence drama. Handled with care and shone light on unforetold abuses gay couples face.

22. Stephen Beresford

Responsible for 2014 film Pride, telling the story of gay support with the 1980’s miner’s strike, in a witty, fresh and smooth script. Brought two sets of communities together, to broaden horizons on attitudes of singular groups in times of strife.

23. Gerald Jones MP

Battles for LGBT rights and fairness in Parliament as sitting MP. Welsh Politician elected in May 2015.

24. Jacqui Gavin

Gender and Diversity role model. Ex-model who helps organise Liverpool Pride events.

25. Sue Perkins

TV Presenter of Spring cooking show The Great British Bake Off, adding fresh and witty humour. Constantly high on Rainbow List since 2008. Credible television host with comedy partner Mel, including own daytime chat show. Capable of conversation and fair debate on widespread LGBT issues. Doesn’t overdo herself, to own advantage.

26. Conchita Wurst

2014 Eurovision Song Contest winner became international Role Model and Icon for gay rights. Campaigns for equality and peace. Developing funky dance tunes with latest album release. Flawless pristine facial hair.

27. Andy Woodfield

Created LGBT Network in workplace, for community inclusion at Price Water Coopers. Supports LGBT communities and Human Rights often tampered with or forgotten.

28. Claudia Brind-Woody

Senior Executive and co-chair of Global Executive of growing firms of LGBT notice-ability.

29. Broken Rainbow

Charity raising awareness on combating same-sex domestic violence and abuse.

30. Kathyrn Nawrickyi

Ambassador of Albert Kennedy Trust and Diversity Role Models continuing diverse work for good in LGBT communities.

31. Alison Berryman

Created Barclay’s first LGBT network, Spectrum. Continues to move forward with open and diverse workplace initiatives.

32. Wes Streeting

Elected MP in 2015 General Election. Deputy Leader of Redbridge Council. Campaigns for gay rights in parliament. Precious work with Stonewall charity who often missed ball on certain gay issues, lately. Streeting plans to rectify those wrongs into fairer ways forward as sitting MP.

33. Diversity Role Models

Focuses on preventing homophobic and transphobic bullying in Schools.

34. Dean Ashton

Editor of FalseFabs, reporting and exploring on issues affecting LGBT communities with links issuing concerns. Campaigns for fairness and equality for all fragmented communities and poor societies abused by law and politicians illicitly, not just concerning LGBT. Community work and moral perspectives added to factual truth than fabricated stories in media.

35. Alison McFayden

Created in-house company LGBT network. Also regular speaker at events on growing issues of concern.

36. Marc Jacobs

Respected designer looked up to for creative designs and role model in succeeding fashion industry. Said to take Men’s fashion into account than focus on female cheapness to sell goods.

37. Kaleidoscope Trust

Works to uphold the Human Rights of LGBT people as well as its communities.

38. Kellie Bright

Soap actress playing tender scenes with on-screen son both coming to terms with sexuality. Received excellent praise for initial upset to loving mother-son relationship overcoming the barrier of sexual orientation still relevant today.

39. Ian Thorpe

Australian Olympic Swimmer came out recently in rare and smooth interview not playing up to any media farce. Expressed attitude of simple man who happens to be gay. Questions why people should have to “come out” for having sexual attractions as any other man or woman.

40. Jack Monroe

Achieved level of fame blogging on issue highlighting inability to feed her child on low income after evil UK government benefit restrictions, deemed ‘picking on the poor’ as no other sectors or people where penalised. Struggled to feed child as single-parent on £10 per week.

41. Dean Atta

Viral 2012 poem regarding Stephen Lawrence lead to tackling issue of homophobia in Hip Hop to thie very day. Focuses on the issue further through artwork.

42. Lord Browne

CEO calls for responsibility to set right levels of inclusion and setting the right tone for LGBT preferences in the workplace.

43. Stella Duffy

Stonewall’s writer of the year in 2010, continues to focus on work, publishing over 13 novels, ongoing.

44. Vinay Kapoor

BNP Paritas diversity week and inclusion as part of Bank’s work is main asset to Kapoor.

45. Russell Tovey

Humble actor most known for roles in Him and Her, Being Human, The Job Lot and Banished. Adds smooth and graceful way of living, without any overdoing of issues. Respected for style and attitude.

46. Ivan Massow

Campaigner and gay rights activist. Placed bid as runner of 2015 London Mayoral Election bid.

47. Heather Pearce

Former decade actor as leading female fire-fighter now turned singer/songwriter adds strong presence to LGBT achieveability. Strong role model. Patron to Manchester Pride. Continued charity work includes DRM and AKT.

48. Lord Cashman of Limehouse

Labour Peer and former EastEnders actor works within LGBT sectors. Co-founder of Stonewall charity.

49. Paul Burston

Acclaimed and respected writer, previously leading editor of Time Out Magazine’s LGBT section. Now opens new and exciting literary salon with Polari events to encourage skilled writers and community inclusion. Knowledgeable and skilled veteran with sheer grace.

50. Cyril Nri

Most recent acting in riveting new TV series Cucumber gained respect from all audiences as warm, gentle, oppressed middle aged black man struggling with gay relationships.

51. RuPaul Charles

Leading star of America’s drag scene with TV exposure on ‘Drag Race’ contest. Stylish gent with humble wit and cool grace guides hopefuls in how to be drag-tabulous. You can have that one. And don’t, f**k it up!

52. Chris Bryant

Focused MP in first ever Civil Partnership as member of Houses of Parliament. Continues to stay strong on surrounding issues despite media attention in then grubby, now highly attractive Y-Fronts.

53. Robert Keese

One of most inspired LGBT business leaders in Financial Times. Continues to encourage other business executives to lead from the front in modern age.

54. Huma Qazi

Raising awareness on LGBT issues and sociability in work and in schools.

55. Daniel Winterfeldt

Co-Chair and founder of Interlaw Diversity Forum helping LGBT communications further with law and society. Part of Purple Rain Campaign.

56. Phyll Opoku-Gyimah

In charge of and originated UK Black Pride and instrumental in LGBT Black communities.

57. Stephen Whittle OBE

Professor of Equalities Law in school of Law in Manchester, helping inclusion on LGBT Law.

58. Jane Fae

Writer of political issues and sexual liberty.

59. Antonio Simoes

Increased visibility of LGBT issues at HSBC bank. Also a Pride Networker.

60. Stephanie Hirst

Openly trans-gender radio host. Titles include Hit40UK and Capital FM Yorkshire.

61. The Gender Trust

Helping affected people by gender identification issues.

62. Leng Montgomery

Volunteers with Diversity Role Models. Regularly speaks on growing trans-gender issues.

63. Mark Mackenzie MBE

Develops strategy on diversity for Barclays. One of Stonewall’s top 10 employers.

64. Nicky Moffat

Most Senior female in British army including leadership and consultancy.

65. GALOP

Helps victims of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia. Also deals with sexual violence or domestic abuse.

66. Toby Whitehouse

Director of UK’s first and continuous radio station Gaydio, as co-founder.

67. Paris Lees

First transgender woman to be called up by media and appear on TV shows as trans commentator. Has receive some neglect as over-exposure as only trans voice as demographics booster. Has extensive knowledge of trans issues.

68. Michelle Visage

Confessed lover of LGBT communities and personalities. Seeks to influence and connect on wider scale with affecting problems of gay communities for greater good. Respected female campaigner also helps as number 2 to RuPaul Charles on ‘Drag Race’ constest, on U.S TV.

69. Fisayo Akinade

Newest face on television playing over-typical interpretation of gay man perceived to be myth. Comfortable nudity and presentation of young gay black men’s troubles smoothly enacted. Talented skill on offer with tender, non-overexposed dramatic gay character in modern gay life drama Cucumber and Banana series.

70. Bisi Alimi

HIV consultant and global LGBT advocate working for wider cures and prevention.

71. Jane Czyzselska

Editor of Diva Magazine is also political commentator and columnist making mark on affective issues requiring attention.

72. Juno Roche

Former teacher, now working to support other transgender and teachers’ visibility and rights among society and educational areas.

73. Stonewall

Big dip for LGBT charity which is now seen as helping only those ‘in the know’ or pre-selected in bigotry standards by the charity, undermining its outreach in initial intentions. Claims to work for equality and justice for al LGBT affected communities. Needs work on outreach programs and care for all not receiving support or inclusion. Elitist club for gay rights compromises foundation on ‘come see us if you can find us’ attitude.

74. Alya Holdom

Openly trans-gender military pilot in Royal Air Force.

75. Glenn Greenwald

Criticised for revelation of Edward Snowden files on NSA’s illegal and immoral snooping on World Nation’s and publics. Boyfriend publicly harassed by authorities, which was eventually dropped. Oscar award winning Citizenfour journalist prepares to stand up for moral rights of LGBT and equal communities, worldwide.

76. Andrew Hayden-Smith

Years old Byker Grove badboy returned to screens by popular demand as mature hunk in Cucumber and Banana series. Still looked at as non-traditional overhype of gay assumption in media and television.

77.  Opening Doors

Charity focusing on needs of older LGBT communities including elderly.

78. Tris Reid-Smith

Co-founder of online outlet Gay Star News, covering Worldwide and international gay issues.

79. Scott Nunn

Co-founder of online outlet Gay Star News, with partner Tris Reid-Smith (above) covering global gay news.

80. Amy Stanning

Co-chair of Barclay’s in-house LGBT employee network Spectrum.

81. Mermaids

Transgender charity helping children and teenagers with support on gender and identity issues.

82. Dr Christian Jessen

TV doctor specialising in sexual health. Travels abroad to help with other body issues, including weight problems. Participated in immoral and painful gay-conversion therapies, which failed to work. Is an occasional columnist and gives Twitter advice to would be patients needing quicker, informal attention.

83. Edwin Sesange

African LGBT Out and Proud Diamond Group President. Focuses on gay rights as well as Gay Rights Act issues.

84. Craig Revel-Horwood

Pantomime villain and TV nasty on-screen, with kind heart off-screen entertains most vividly on Strictly Come Dancing with low or non-farcically scores. Works in West-End productions and quietly campaigns as role model for gay issues, where appropriate.

85. Suran Dickson

Hopes to prevent homophobic and gender based bullying.

86. Barack Obama

Slow on the uptake and an odd choice, initially, though still attempts to highlight gay issues as priority in moving lacking equality issues forward in America. Slow, but still effective in supporting LGBT advancement for recognising people and love, rather than sexuality incrimination.

87. Jane Hill

Newscaster at BBC and prominent on TV broadcasts. Married partner in 2013. At top of BBC coverage, reporting on many high-profile stories.

88. Tom Ford

Fashion designer holds strong position as one of LGBT’s leading forces in community and global issues affecting men of all ages in modern gay times.

89. Gok Wan

Chinese British TV stylist and presenter leads with fashion make-overs, mainly for women, and helps work with body presentation issues. Has briefly investigated LGBT issues in a documentary.

90. Lance Pride

Former advisor to Tony Blair government and ex-BBC journalist. Founder of Kaleidoscope Trust.

91. Ruth Hunt

CEO of Stonewall, and supporter of Same-Sex Couples Act. May have work to do in re-branding Stonewall’s outreach to wider gay people than brand of so-called ‘Community’ it places itself in. Intentions are fair.

92. Ditch the Label

Support for online and offline bullying charity, covering levels of low-self esteem, mainly in teens.

93. Amy Lame

Bubbly, big and beautiful comedienne unafraid to speak on harder issues to mature audiences. Has strong links in LGBT regions and campaigns occasionally.

94. Benedict Cumberbatch

Intervened after playing Alan Turing, in biopic, to call of decriminalisation of other people at time of Turing, labelled as criminals, for being homosexual. Noble attitude, but went about it in secret with LGBT people calling them ‘community’ who were trying to get noticed for self bragging rights. Went about it in secret with evil homo-hater David Cameron, hiding full details from the public, to this very day. Used LGBT to get it.

95. Anthony Watson

First British, non-American, representative making the Board of Directors at GLAAD.

96. Omar Sharif Jr.

Egyptian son of screen legend Shariff migrated to America for better lifestyle. Made big statement in coming our for Arab men in time of uncertainty. Role model hopes to raise awareness for struggling modern gay issues.

97. Adam Lambert

New age Queen frontman on occasion and singer in own right has interested and kept LGBT issues a hot topic. Contributes calm and effectively with level of thought. Talented rockstar filled with style and grace.

98. Will Young

West End star and singer/songwriter still has place in LGBT world commenting, debating and keeps keen interesting on contributing to positive change.

99. Sarah Brown

Former Liberal Democrat MP, who became first transgender politician to be elected, continues to strive for further equality on recent and developing issues.

100. Arnold Schwartzenegger

Odd initial choice, yet Arnie shocked the world with his endorsement of gay rights and necessary attitudes to homophobia be lifted. In a shock challenge to governmental powers in America, Arnold recognised the love for people, not sexuality, which highlights slow moves forward in America’s political challenge to moving forward, in doing the right by people, not emotion.

Any queries or choices for inclusion on next years list can be emailed using the mail provided on the contact page above.

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Film Review: X:Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

Film Review: X:Men: Days of Future Past (2014)

James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Hugh Jackman, Nicholas Hoult,

Peter Dinklage, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen,

Director: Bryan Singer

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X-Men always seem to get their castings correct with new age or up and coming actors in the parts alongside the more esteemed actors. This in itself creates a perfect balance of the connection in film. Marvel adore the fact the X-Men resembles human interactions to the comic book heroes. These decisions further enhance that imperative.

Old favourites are back including Storm, Raven and the Iceman in the future as well as the past to tell the tale further from the young and old Professor X and Magneto.

Under the distinct leadership of director Bryan Singer, the X:Men series has developed considerably well. Leading on from X:Men First Class, the second in the backlog of the X:Men’s history blends past and future together. Following the new favourites with the younger Magneto, Professor X and Beast, they are tasked to guide and protect Mystique. Whilst the younger story leads, Wolverine crosses over with both time frames as the go-between.

Michael Fassbender’s smoothness, Lawrence’s emotional drive and the partnerships with Xavier in past and future are tenderly connected. Jackman’s reliance in previous X:Men stories is not overly emphasised through clever tweaking of the rest of the other characters making him a joy to watch.

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Singer’s story transports us, literally, to 1970’s America with a smooth and carefully laid out presentation. Adding the new threat of iron clad mutant destroyers known as Sentinels, the government against mutant story continues constructively. He manages to keep the binding ties of time travel apparent than most director’s forget when in charge of a big budget movie to wreak havoc.

The cinematography on display is exceptional, with a dark and impressive opener showing not all X:Men are invincible. The story will keep you guessing further along with interest. However, the story is the sequel of the new age X:Men and was clearly never going to be as amazing as its predecessor. Though what Singer realises is that this instalment can be just as good as. The rest of the cast realise this and have played their parts well.

This will surely lead on to the next part which opens a bigger range of mutants, skills, battles and story. With the younger teams developing the backstory of the present with the older heroes this film franchise has a comfortable future.

The film has taken its place from comic book genre and transformed onto the screen with a level of human interest in its own right as a serious blockbuster series.

For X:Men lovers this is a must see for piecing together the collective story. For those not into Sci:Fi this is still worth a look but may not be a full interest and could drive boredom early.

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Could also take a possible role?

Hollywood have already rumoured and confirmed that Channing Tatum will play the role of Gambit in a coming movie. Though I am unsure if Tatum is an accurate fit for the job despite being Hollywood’s number one gross box office draw, the third will undoubtedly cast more characters. Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer would be better choices and perhaps they can be the new Cyclops, though James Marsden gets a hard ride. We always thought he did a pretty decent job. Maybe they could be the younger versions in the forthcoming Apocalypse movie. I could only wish to be on the team to add some guidance and who to boost up there, but Hollywood seems to have their own understandings. Singer has proved outstanding in these films, but the third is always the most difficult to encourage. Once the thrill is there, the film can often fail to deliver among the hype. There aren’t any signs of this for X:Men as of yet, and we hope not, but let’s hope no complacency creeps its way forward.

We give it a well earned four star rating.

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The Baftas 2013

The BAFTAs 2013

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Below is the list of the full winners of the prestigious awards which took place this past Sunday in London.

Best Film – Argo, Grant Heslov, Ben Affleck, George Clooney

Outstanding British Film – Skyfall, Sam Mendes, Michael G.Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, John Logan

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer – Bart Layton, [Director] Dimitri Dognais [Producer] – The Imposter

Film not in the English Language – Amour, Michael Haneke, Margaret Ménégoz

Documentary – Searching for Sugar Man, Malik Bendjelloul, Simon Chinn

Animated Film – Brave, Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Director – Ben Affleck, Argo

Original Screenplay – Django Unchained, Quentin Tarantino

Adapted Screenplay – Silver Linings Plybook, David O. Russell

Leading Actor – Daniel Day Lewis, Lincoln

Daniel Day Lewis BAFTA

Leading Actress – Emmanuelle Riva, Amour

Supporting Actor – Christoph Waltz, Django Unchained

Supporting Actress – Anne Hathaway, Les Miserables

Michael Balcon (Oustanding British Contribution to Cinema) – Tessa Ross

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Original Music – Skyfall, Thomas Newman

Cinematography – Life of Pi,  Claudio Miranda

Editing – Argo, William Goldenberg

Production Design – Les Miserables,  Eve Stewart, Anna Lynch-Robinson

Costume Design – Anna Karenina, Jacqueline Durran

Make up and Hair – Les Miserables, Lisa Westcott

Sound – Les Miserables, Simon Hayes, Andy Nelson, Mark Paterson, Jonathan Allen, Lee Walpole, John Warhurst

Anne Hathaway BAFTA

Special Visual Effects – Life of Pi, Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer

Short Animation – The Making of Longbird, Will Anderson, Ainslie Henderson

Short Film – Swimmer, Lynne Ramsay, Peter Carlton, Diarmid Scrimshaw

EE Rising Star – Juno Temple (public votes)

Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema – Tessa Ross

Fellowship – Alan Parker

Noticeable was the close up shots of the Argo crew from the beginning of the evening throughout  With the sultry, morose Ben Affleck unable to crack a smile and display melancholy mood after a snub from the Oscars, alongside wife Jennifer Garner and the whole crew there including Hollywood’s dream impregnator, George Clooney, any clever onlooker could see the transparency to unfold.

Ian McKellen BAFTA

Presented by Sir Ian McKellen, accurately explaining the Director has the toughest job, rightly so, one has a pure understanding of the difficulty to act, director, plan the vision of the film and station those lieutenants to deliver good on the film from front of house actors to the staging and camera crew. Believe me, I understand to a full extent how difficult one’s job is to control everything when certain product must finally be melded together to place the final draft on screen to deliver the narrative succinctly. I am not without praise for Ben’s big BAFTA bemusement. By the end of the evening it made him smile, but the levels of credibility removed by BAFTA for molly-coddling Argo all day and seemingly caving in to make a niche opening for the ceremony to compete with the Oscars as an awards ceremony was rather saddening.

Ben's Big BAFTA Bemusement

BAFTA used to and still has notoriety, but this act showed the severe levels of bull on offer. This is not a douching on Argo, but let’s face it, it wasn’t as great as it was awarded for. That’s the key issue here.To compete with Oscars, and possibly gather mainstream status in headlines, BAFTA may have placed itself in realms of slight stupidity as a credible intention.

Les Miserables also stole the show with awards, including Anne Hathaway winning the gong for Actress, deservedly so for her great portrayal in the film adaptation of the musical movie.

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Daniel Day Lewis once again became the graceful and talented BAFTA owner for his expert screening in historical biopic Lincoln. Flawless and talented in every right.

Tessa Ross took the BAFTA for Outstanding contribution to British Film. Ross proved to be an exceptional woman with a piercing eye for detail and prepared to take risks on scripts and ideas on film and television to get them on screen when the idea seems too scary or awkward to undertake for mainstream companies worried of PR implications of negativity. Ross, part of Film4, placed faith in those aspirating film makers, and has produced numerous films of style, wit and integrity that wouldn’t have made it elsewhere. Exceptionally earned.

Quentin Tarrentino joined the “club” which he doesn’t usually do, but was welcome for his intense, witty and humourous offerings on screen.

Juno Temple with the now Turquoisal BAFTA

Juno Temple with the now Turquoisal BAFTA

Skyfall won Best British thing. Obvious wasn’t it? An honour to recognise the staple of the James Bond franchise and mirror the box office worldwide numbers. IT did well at the Box Office, and well done for that. However, this was just a sigh of, get it over with and move on. We’ll have more on a coming Bond piece, but until then, Daniel Craig needs to be removed as Bond if the legacy is to continue for the great and sadly departed writer Ian Flemming and composer John Barry, R.I.P.

Quite frankly, Ben Affleck stole the headlines so it did its job. He used to be the Hollywood heartthrob who had a zest for life, which is now seen as moody, serious and highly altered. Try and bring the fun back out, somehow and let loose. Don’t get us wrong, we ‘like’ Ben Affleck and respect his work, but the proceedings were amok with point scoring global scales.

We felt Ang Lee should have got the Director BAFTA, but there you go. This hasn’t been a biased approach to the above responses, but Life of Pi was an exceptional work form Lee and was one of the best nominees in the category, but many not honoured make films for the reason of making film. It would be a pleasure for that to be recognised by awards than headline grabs, which the awards already makes, regardless.