Brad Pitt Took a Brutal Swipe at Prince Harry in Front of William and Kate at the BAFTAs
Last night's BAFTA award show became home to yet another, British invasion and not just because it was brought to us from across the pond. The star-studded event saw some of our favorite names in the film industry celebrate the achievements of the past year. But no one could stop the overbearing tide brought in by the British, who struck the luckiest yesterday. But as we all know, the Brits seem to be going through some difficulties right now and Bradd Pitt, being the joker that he is, couldn't help but take a swipe at the nation right in front of the royals in attendance. Yikes! Keep scrolling for his full, hilarious speech...
On Sunday night, the BAFTAS took place in London, England.
The coveted award ceremony saw some of the most popular faces in the film industry today take to the stage to celebrate a year’s worth of blood, sweat, tears and movies at the Royal Albert Hall.
Amongst the stars attending the show were some very special, royal guests.
It was only fitting that Prince William and his wife, Kate Middleton sat amongst the crowd of celebrities in the hopes that they would be able to celebrate the best of what Britain has to offer.
And they didn't disappoint.
The major winner of the night was 1917, directed by Sam Mendes. Out of 9 overall nominations, the dramatic war-film took home 6 awards.
This included the all-important Best Film award.
With the Oscars just under a week away, the film has gained enough momentum to steal a few awards from other contenders such as Once Upon A Time in Hollywood (2019) and Joker (2019).
Sam Mendes also won the award for Best Director over Todd Phillips.
In a shocking twist, Mendes overshadowed Phillips, Scorsese, Tarantino and Bong Joon Ho, securing the role of the best director at this year’s BAFTAS.
However, Joaquin Phoenix basked in the glory of Joker (2019).
The star won the award for Leading Actor over the other worthy competitors in the category including Leonardo DiCaprio for Once Upon A Time in Hollywood and Adam Driver in Marriage Story.
To be honest, it didn't come as much of a shock considering the winning streak Joaquin has been on.
And being the humble man that he is, he always uses his speech to lift others. At the last SAG awards, he commended everyone else nominated, outlining the reasons why each of them deserved it more than him.
And this time, he discussed the issue of "systematic racism" in the industry.
He called-out the all-white nominations for the major awards, explaining how people like him benefit from people of color and was praised highly for his attempt to raise awareness about a prominent issue that has been lingering around the industry for far too long.
This is what he had to say:
“I feel very honored and privileged to be here tonight. The BAFTAS have already been very supportive of my career and I’m deeply appreciative. But I have to say that I also feel conflicted because so many of my fellow actors that are deserving don’t have that same privilege.”
“I think that we send a very clear message to people of color that you’re not welcome here. I think that’s the message that we’re sending to people that have contributed so much to our medium and our industry and in ways that we benefit from. I don’t think anybody wants a handout or preferential treatment – although that’s what we give ourselves every year. People just want to be acknowledged, appreciated and respected for their work.”
"I'm ashamed to say that I'm part of the problem."
“I have not done everything in my power to ensure that the sets I was on are inclusive. But I think it’s more than just having sets that are multi-cultural. We have to do really the hard work to truly understand systemic racism. I think it is the obligation of the people that have created and perpetuate and benefit from a system of oppression to be the ones that dismantle it. So that’s on us.” We really do stan a socially aware man. Congrats Joaquin Phoenix!
Joker (2019) went on to win 2 more awards...
One for Original Score and the other for Casting. Brownie points on the casting one.
In a similar fashion, film underdog Parasite won a fair share of awards too.
After their shock win at the SAG awards, critics and fans alike were watching how things panned out for the South Korean thriller.
And it's safe to say, it did not disappoint.
Parasite took home 2 awards; one for Original Screenplay and the other for Film Not in the English Language. Congratulations to Bong Joon-Ho and the rest of the cast on their impressive wins pre-Oscars.
One movie did disappoint heavily though...
The Irishman had over double the nominations Parasite did, being nominated in almost every single category. However, it did not manage to secure any trophies. Yikes.
Second, on the disappointing list had to be Once Upon A Time in Hollywood.
Hear me out before you think I’m ready to slate the iconic duo of DiCaprio and Pitt. I’m not. They’re incredible actors, but it seems as if the competition was too tough for the movie to beat. Not the result Tarantino would have wanted, just days before the Oscars.
It was nominated for 10 awards and only won 1 of them.
Pitt kept the boat sailing after he picked up the award for Best Supporting Actor, beating the likes of Tom Hanks and Al Pacino.
However, he could not be in attendance due to "family commitments."
So instead, he asked his co-star Margot Robbie to accept the award on his behalf. She went on stage and read out a speech scrawled by Pitt on a piece of paper which had the audience stifling laughs due to the awkward nature of the words.
Pitt decided he would cleverly reference 2 difficult situations Britain was currently facing.
Brexit and Megxit. Keep scrolling to see the hilarious video. Robbie started reading, saying: “Hey Britain! Heard you just became single. Welcome to the club! Wishing you the best with the divorce settlement.”
But he didn't stop there...
Right in front of Prince William and Kate Middleton, she continued: “He says that he is going to name this [award] Harry – because he is really excited about bringing it back to the States with him.” Robbie winces straight after and explains, “those are his words, not mine!”
But it was all taken in good nature as the royals were seen laughing.
Check out the full speech here. And if you’re in the mood to find out why the issue of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leaving the royal family is a massive issue, then keep scrolling.
Jure Tovrljan has an impressive portfolio of logos.
He can take something simple and create an iconic graphic out of it. Those crumbs are an especially nice touch.
This logo is for a company called UM, which is a microbiology lab.
Which basically makes this the coolest logo ever: it’s just a spiral but it’s also the name of the company.
Tovrljan is particularly skilled at using unexpected shapes as letters.
For example in this logo you might just see a mustache and a dot, but when you learn the company is called Mo it becomes a full word. That kind of sideways thinking helped Tovrljan create his reimagined logos.
It's not just words either.
This logo features an image that is both a kiwi and a diamond. Appropriate for a company called Kiwi Diamond.
Ok bear with me, this seems like a copout of a logo.
But it’s for a company called Qat! It’s a cat that’s a Q! And it’s adorable!
I don't think it ever occurred to me how many shapes you could make out of letters.
But Jure Tovrljan has opened my eyes. What a letter genius.
But we're not here for his normal logos (even though those are very cool).
Tovrljan has created something unique to this moment in history: classic logos that are just right for today’s society. Like this MasterCard logo, practicing appropriate social distancing.
Some of these logos are a little bit sassy.
Like this NBA logo which illustrates what all the players are up to these days: Netflix and chilling.
Others are more informative.
See how Starbucks mermaid is demonstrating proper mask technique? Be like Starbucks mermaid. Don’t spread germs.
Or this newly imagine Nike logo.
Sure, you could go outside, but just don’t. Just stay at home and don’t do anything. It’s the safest.
In normal life, Mobil is a gas company.
Remember the good old days when we drove places and had to get gas to fill our cars? That was exciting.
These days, it's more like iMobil.
Do everything online! Go nowhere! Get no gas! These are the rules of the staying-indoors club.
Just in case you don't recognize this one, it's the Olympic rings.
But they are staying a safe 6 feet away from each other, to make sure no one gets infected. Tovrljan may have chosen this logo to do because the Olympics are being postponed.
This one could be a bit painful: LinkedIn.
As lots of us are looking for new jobs we might be spending a lot of time on LinkedIn, which is why it makes sense that it’s feeling a bit more like LockedIn.
Speaking of things we all do, spending way too much time at Target is basically a universal.
These days it’s easy to attack Target as a place where we all go to get infected.
I'm sorry Goodyear, but you've got some rebranding to do.
The phrase “good year” is banned for all of 2020. Get back to us in a couple of months and you might have to change to “worst year”.
Tovrljan even managed to bring some less well known logos into the mix.
This is the logo for the US Open tennis tournament. But now everything is closed. Even the open.
Ah, and here we are with the peak meme of the season.
The beverage company has two options at this point: completely rename or lean into the weirdness with a logo just like this.
some of Tovrljan's logos were simple and clear.
We are all fed up and we would all like to go home. Wait, that’s not right, we all want to leave home.
United might have to change up their messaging too.
We’re united in being divided. Or something like that, all we know is that we’re not around other people.
Here's one that's more subtle than you might realize at first.
Take a look at the button in the logo: usually it’s a play button, but Tovrljan captured the feeling most of us are having by changing it to pause.
Ah, Match.com a great way to meet someone on the internet.
And only on the internet. Do not meet in person. Only internet chats for the foreseeable future.
But enough of logos! What could be more relevant than TV shows?
And Tovrljan also took a leap into redesigning TV posters. Game of Thrones would have a bit of a different feel if they were all stuck indoors.
And can you imagine if The Office was all working from home?
No Michael this does not need to be a Zoom meeting. No we do not all need cute backgrounds in our Zoom meetings.
If dating indoors is challenging imagine a sitcom about dating.
How did I meet your mother? By swiping left a lot of times. It is not an interesting story and no one should watch it.
Some shows lend themselves perfectly to a societal joke.
You know the whole Simpsons family would be breaking the social distancing rules. Hilarity would ensure, but someone would probably die.
On the other hand, Friends could be fascinating as an extended chat.
What kind of shenanigans would Joey get up to if he were alone for a week? You know we’d watch that.
Prison Break has taken on a whole new meaning.
Every house is a prison. None of us are allowed to break. Seriously, don’t even think about it.
I would kill to watch a version of Breaking Bad where he just bakes bread all day.
Wholesome content is what we all want from Walter White. Nothing is more wholesome than bread.
Hats off to Jure Tovrljan.
Few of us have been able to turn this time into something beautiful, but he’s stepped it up. Truly impressive.