Normally, the BAFTA/LA awards season tea party Saturday at the BevHills Hotel would be just one of several kudos bashes leading into the Golden Globes. But in this strike season, it was one of the few. Newly reupped BAFTA/LA chairman Peter Morris said, “We’re sorry the strike is taking place over here, but we planned to go ahead and honor the people who have done excellent work in film and television over the past year.”
The BAFTAs will take place Feb. 10 in London, and the BBC, which is not in a contractual dispute with the WGA, will air them, he said.
“It’s a shame for everybody that’s nominated that the Golden Globes are canceled,” he said. “Those of us that actually work in producing film and television know it is very long hours. And so the awards season may be a bit self-congratulatory at times, but it’s nice to actually kick your shoes off and go out and be recognized by your peers.”
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Those peers included BAFTA/LA’s Gary Dartnall; thesps Allison Janney, Hal Holbrook, James McAvoy and Saoirse Ronan; producers Scott Rudin and Paul Webster; and helmers David Cronenberg, Julian Schnabel and Jason Reitman.