Veteran actor Phil Davis has resigned from Bafta over the ’embarrassing travesty’ of the 2023 awards show.
The 69-year-old Quadrophenia star announced his departure in a blistering rant on Twitter on Thursday, where he lashed out at the show’s ‘toe-curling’ moments.
Mr Davis, who starred alongside Benedict Cumberbatch in Sherlock, Sigourney Weaver in sci-fi horror Alien 3 and appeared in Doctor Who, tweeted: ‘The BAFTA awards were an embarrassing travesty.
‘Cutting deserving winners’ speeches for toe-curling non-interviews. Poor Richard E Grant pretending to arrive in a Batmobile and no Bernard Cribbins in memoriam.’
This year’s glitzy film awards were co-hosted by Richard E Grant and This Morning’s Alison Hammond, who ran an interview room chatting to celebrities and award winners.
Veteran actor Phil Davis (pictured) lashed out at Bafta today in a blistering online critique where he announced he was quitting the organisation over its ’embarrassing’ 2023 show
Richard E Grant and Alison Hammond hosted this year’s Baftas at the Royal Festival Hall – which has been blasted by actors and the public for its ‘cringe’ moments
But Bafta has been blasted for cutting recipient speeches, including one by Lesley Paterson, the British co-writer of Netflix’s All Quiet on the Western Front, which bagged a clutch of awards and is tipped for success at the Oscars.
And the show has been slammed for ignoring Bernard Cribbins in its segment honouring prominent figures in the film industry who died in 2022.
Cribbins appeared in a string of films and TV shows during his career, including The Railway Children, Daleks’ Invasion Earth 2150 AD and Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy.
After the criticism, Bafta tweeted that the Doctor Who star was now being ‘considered’ for the TV awards.
But this too sparked outrage, with showrunner for Doctor Who, Russell T Davies saying: ‘It’s fair enough to remember Bernard Cribbins at the TV @bafta, not the film. To say he’s being “considered” is the work of an idiot.’
Bafta later confirmed Cribbins would be remembered at its TV awards in May.
Davis’s fiery tweet on Thursday was supported by people on social media, who praised him for his stance.
‘When one of the finest in the business makes that kind of gesture it can’t be ignored. Bravo Phil,’ one person said, with a second adding: ‘Good on you Phil.’
A third tweeted: ‘I couldn’t agree more Phil. I was utterly horrified when Cribbins did not appear in memoriam, the jokes all fell flat and were terrible and the cutting of others who have worked so hard gave the entire show an elitist feel that just made me disengage from the whole thing.
Phil Davis been a star of UK film and television for over 40 years, and memorably appeared in Quadrophrenia (1979)
West Side Story star Ariana DeBose opened the awards with a song dedicated to celebrating women, but many were quick to brand the performance ‘painful’ and ‘awkward’
An awkward mix-up also saw Carey Mulligan get up for the Best Supporting Actress award when the winner was Kerry Condon
Anya Taylor Joy and Jamie Lee Curtis (pictured) presented an award together and did a skit about all celebrities ‘being in the same WhatsApp, using the same Netflix login (‘Patrick_ Stewart‘) and all going to a book club at Colin Farrell’s house on a Monday’, in a sketch viewers branded excruciating, with neither Stewart or Farrell cracking a smile
Viewers, too, were equally scathing of the show, branding it ‘awkward’ after a number of ‘cringe’ moments left people reeling.
Those tuning into the awards ceremony were left baffled by Ariana DeBose’s ‘cheesy’ opening rap, ‘flat jokes’ by Richard E Grant and Alison Hammond’s ’embarrassing’ daytime TV interviews.
Some also criticised luvvies ‘virtue signalling’ as many wore blue ribbons on the red carpet in solidarity with refugees and displaced people around the world.
The 76th EE British Academy Film Awards saw stars from the acting world gather at the Royal Festival Hall to celebrate the year’s best films.
But those watching at home criticised the show, with some questioning why the awards felt ‘so painful to watch this year’, pointing to the ‘unexciting’ nominations and ‘curiously flat’ format.
Some viewers slammed the choice of presenters for this year’s Bafta awards
West Side Story star Ariana DeBose opened the awards with a song dedicated to celebrating women, but many were quick to brand the performance ‘painful’ and ‘awkward’, with one asking: ‘Why did this happen?’
They also aimed fire at this year’s hosts, This Morning presenter Alison Hammond, 48, who had been picked to host the star-studded bash, along with ‘nervous’ Richard E Grant, 65.
However some viewers heaped praise on ‘stunning’ Hammond for her ‘utterly fabulous’ hosting skills, saying she made the show ‘easy to watch’.
But others complained Hammond ‘did not suit the event’ while others said the co-host pairing was like ‘chalk and cheese’, with Grant’s jokes ‘falling flat’.