If a roast is at one end of the banquet dinner spectrum, than a Fry is certainly at the other.
With his glib intelligence setting the evening’s tone, Stephen Fry emceed the BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards Thursday at the Century Plaza.
Fry began the evening by saying he’d try to speed things along because “no one in the entire history of the award dinner format has afterward ever said: ‘It was a good show, but I thought it was a bit short.’ ”
A brisk pace was set as what he called “lean tender nutritious star quality of the highest standard” took the stage.
Halle Berry presented to Sidney Poitier; Michael Sheen and Dustin Hoffman to Rachel Weisz; Sydney Pollack and Robin Wright Penn to Anthony Minghella; and Tim Robbins and Forest Whitaker to Clint Eastwood.
There was one glitch in the evening: The sound didn’t work during the clips. One would have thought both Poitier and Weisz had worked in silent films. The only clips that worked correctly were Eastwood’s — and he brought his own.