On the eve of the Britannia Awards, BAFTA/LA was feted at an afternoon soiree Wednesday at the Chateau Marmont.
At the event, Vanity Fair and Burberry announced a $20,000 donation for BAFTA/LA’s Scholarship Fund, assisting British students studying the art of moving image in the U.K. and U.S., said Vivian Meyer, chair of the Britannia Toast. “BAFTA/LA is deeply honored to be recognized by two such distinguished brands as Vanity Fair and Burberry and acclaimed actor Eddie Redmayne. We are equally grateful for their support and generosity for the donation made to the BAFTA/LA Scholarship Program. The voice of these three combined truly celebrates the students who will be the future of the moving image, the entertainment industry and all that BAFTA/LA represents.”
Redmayne held court in one corner describing Stephen Hawking’s reaction to “The Theory of Everything.” “My shoulders were like this,” the actor said shrugging his shoulders, “and then when I heard Stephen Hawking liked it, they were like this (releasing his shoulders).”
Judi Dench said knowing in advance that she’s an honoree didn’t make things easier for her. “I’m terrified, I’ll have to make a speech,” she said.
Others sipping afternoon tea and mingling included Redmayne’s co-star Felicity Jones and Working Title topper Eric Fellner as well as BAFTA/LA’s Gary Dartnall.