Olivia Colman Is The Queen Of The BAFTAs

Olivia Colman and her two BAFTAs (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Olivia Colman and her two BAFTAs (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)

Last night’s BAFTA TV awards ceremony was a most Anglopheniac spectacle indeed, with top prizes going to some of our favorite British talents. Olivia Colman, for example, (finally) won two awards, for entirely contrasting jobs. Supporting actress for her tear-stained role in the gang-battling drama Accused, and female comedy performer for Twenty Twelve.

Her first speech, for the former, is a thing of wonder and delight:

Then there was Ben Whishaw, who won leading actor for his performance of Richard II, in Sam Mendes’s collection of Shakespeare history plays The Hollow Crown. And from the same production, Simon Russell-Beale’s Falstaff won in the supporting actor category, specifically from Henry IV Part II.

Graham Norton, who hosted the event, also won a prize. The Graham Norton Show won in the entertainment category, because it’s entertaining. Game Of Thrones won the Radio Times audience award, the only trophy to be voted on by viewers.

And, having posted Daleks on the red carpet, BAFTA paid tribute to 50 years of Doctor Who, with this clip collection, that features a beautiful little cameo twisty thing at the end:

And while we’re looking at speeches, Sheridan Smith appeared to suddenly implode when she won the supporting actress trophy for her part in Mrs Briggs. Either her ghast was genuinely flabbered or she really IS that good an actress, cos this speech (with a little interview tacked on at the end) is something of a mess.

Note: BAFTA edited out the F-bomb:

Mind you, Olivia’s second speech was every bit as frayed:

The full list of winners is as follows: 

Leading Actor

Ben Whishaw – Richard II (The Hollow Crown)

Leading Actress

Sheridan Smith – Mrs Biggs

Supporting Actor

Simon Russell Beale – Henry IV Part 2 (The Hollow Crown)

Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman – Accused (Mo’s Story)

Entertainment Programme

Graham Norton for The Graham Norton Show

Entertainment Performance

Alan Carr – Alan Carr: Chatty Man

Female Performance in a Comedy Programme

Olivia Colman for Twenty Twelve

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme

Steve Coogan for Welcome To The Places Of My Life

Single Drama



Room At The Top

Drama Series

Last Tango In Halifax

Soap and Continuing Drama




Factual Series

Our War

Specialist Factual

All In The Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry

Single Documentary

7/7: One Day In London


The Great British Bake Off

Reality and Constructed Factual

Made In Chelsea

Current Affairs

The Shame Of The Catholic Church (This World)

News Coverage

Hillsborough – The Truth At Last (Granada Reports)

Sport and Live Event

The London 2012 Paralympic Games

Comedy Programme

The Revolution Will Be Televised

Situation Comedy

Twenty Twelve

Radio Times Audience Award

Game of Thrones

Special award

Clare Balding

BAFTA Membership

Michael Palin

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser McAlpine

Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1's Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2. He is Anglophenia's current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage. Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic
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