Instead, awards were spread out evenly among top British TV shows like Happy Valley, Planet Earth II, and The Night Manager.
Top of the pile was the gritty Happy Valley, which bagged two awards for Best Drama Series and Best Leading Actress for Sarah Lancashire, and Damilola: Our Loved Boy, a heart-breaking drama about a real-life murder of a London schoolboy in 2000 that starred Babou Ceesay (Rogue One, Guerrilla) and Wunmi Mosaku (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice).
Tom Hollander won Best Supporting Actor for his role as Corky in The Night Manager, the only BAFTA category the Golden Globe-winning spy thriller was nominated in, while Phoebe Waller-Bridge won Best Female Comedy Performance for Fleabag, the comedy mini-series about a woman trying to put her life back together after the death of her best friend. We can also look for Waller-Bridge as showrunner for BBC America’s Killing Eve in 2018.
Also honored was a certain intrepid baby iguana, whose heart-stopping escape from a host of snakes in Planet Earth II saw off competition from James Corden‘s “Carpool Karaoke” with Michelle Obama to win Best “Must-See Moment,” a new prize introduced this year.
In case you missed it, here’s a look a the iguana’s harrowing moment:
The best moments of the night weren’t confined to the ceremony in London’s Royal Festival Hall, however. Busy bee Benedict Cumberbatch may have lost out in the Leading Actor category, which he was nominated for Richard III, to Andeel Akhtar, who won for his role in Murdered by My Father, but his red carpet reunion with Matt Smith sent the Sherlock and Doctor Who fandoms into a tweeting frenzy.
(And for those of you who need a reminder of their double act, here they are trading jokes at the same awards ceremony five years ago.)
Matt of course joined Jared Harris, John Lithgow, and the rest of the cast of The Crown, as they watched the show lose out on each of its awards.
There was some consolation for Queen-a-like Claire Foy though, who missed out on Best Leading Actress to Happy Valley‘s Sarah Lancashire. On accepting the award, Sarah praised her fellow nominee by telling her, “You have given me the best 10 hours under a duvet I’ve ever had.”
Now that’s the kind of “Netflix and chill” we like.
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