JESSICA CHASTAIN WINS BEST ACTRESS
For The Eyes of Tammy Faye. And she’s just steaming straight into a boilerplate speech without acknowledging anything that happened. It feels a little like she’s been robbed of her moment a little.
This whole second half of the ceremony is like the This Is Fine GIF. But, look, here’s Anthony Hopkins.
And now Amy Schumer is back. “Did I miss anything? There’s like a different vibe in here?” she quips.
Well, I’d planned to go to sleep when the ceremony was done. I’m not sure I can now, though. Anyone want to come and do press-ups with me in a supermarket car park until the adrenaline goes down?
Will Smith ends with: “I hope the Academy invites me back.” Will they? We will be talking about this for a long, long time.
They’re clapping. There’s a standing ovation. Crying, Will Smith calls Richard Williams a “protector of his family”. He’s saying “protect” a lot in a very pointed way. “I’m being called on in my life to love people and to protect people, and to be a river to my people,” he says. “You’ve got to be able to take abuse, you’ve got to smile and pretend like that’s OK.”
He mentions what Denzel Washington said to him after the punch: “At your highest, that’s when the devil comes for you”. He apologises to the Academy, and to his fellow nominees.
It is all over the place. But, as far as television goes, this is absolutely electric. “Love will make you do crazy things,” he says.
He’s rambling but he isn’t being played off. Who would dare?
WILL SMITH WINS BEST ACTOR
Will Smith’s nomination clip is being met with cheers from the audience. So that’s interesting./
It’s the anniversary of Pulp Fiction. So Samuel L Jackson, Uma Thurman and John Travolta are dancing around and quoting old lines from the film. Oh god, they’re presenting best actor. Here we go.
A new nugget about what’s going on backstage
Campion is striking a brilliantly deft tone here. She’s happy, but not overcome with emotion. She’s grateful, but not overblown. And, crucially, she isn’t drawing attention to The Nastiness.
JANE CAMPION WINS BEST DIRECTOR
For Power of the Dog. Which might make it the frontrunner for best picture now. “Thank you Kevin, that was very dramatic”, she says. What did Costner say? Good lord. This night.