The Australian actress Rebel Wilson, poked fun at one of the most distinguished stars in Britain.
Rebel Wilson whipped up a storm at Baftas 2016 when she taunted transgender actors, and cracked a joke that referred to the race of Idris Elba – a nominee.
Rebel Wilson was presenting the award for best supporting actor during BAFTA film awards 2016. She said that she had been ‘practicing her transgender face’ hoping that she would win the award. Later, she referred to Idris Elba as ‘chocolate.’
Wilson said in the Royal Opera House of London that she had never been to the Oscars because they are racists but BFTA boasts diverse membership and that was what everyone wanted to see. She further said that she hoped one day she will return to the place and win an award herself, and that she had already been practicing her transgender face.
Wilson didn’t even spare Idris Elba, the distinguished actor from Britain who was also nominated for his role in the movie ‘Beasts of No Nation.’
She said that she was sorry because Idris Elba was making her nervous, but she was psychologically inclined to want chocolate when it was Valentine’s Day.
There was another controversy during the awards when the host of the show, Stephen Fry cracked a joke at the winner of the best costume design, jenny Beavan. Beavan was nominated for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road.
Stephen fry – a veteran who has been presenting the awards for the past 11 years – remarked that the actress dressed in a casual outfit resembled a ‘bag lady.’ There was an immediate outrage at on the social media due to which the comedian had to become defensive. He also revealed that he was friends with Beavan.
The 69th British Academy Film Awards or BAFTAs were held on February 14, 2016 in order to honor the best International and British contributions to the film industry during the year 2015.
The awards are presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, to the best films in features and documentaries produced by any nationality. However, the said film must have been screened in British Cinema during the year.
Nominees for this year’s awards were announced by Stephen Fry and Gugu Mbatha-Raw on January 8th. Bridge of Spies and Carol lead the nominations with both having nine in different categories. The big winner of this year’s BAFTA awards was The Revenant. It won five awards including the best film.