BAFTA Britannia Awards: Stars Talk Awards Show, Honoree Amy Schumer on Red Carpet
“I love British humor, but I’ve never thought I had a British type of humor. I think I have a German sensibility," Schumer joked on the carpet.
British and American stars flocked to the carpet of the 2015 Britannia Awards, held at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles on Friday night. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the awards show honored six of Hollywood’s finest entertainers — Meryl Streep, Harrison Ford, Sam Mendes, Amy Schumer and Orlando Bloom — for their contributions to various fields of entertainment and personal achievement.
BAFTA cites the awards show as a celebration of the connection between the Hollywood and British production and entertainment communities, a sentiment embraced by director Adam McKay: "I love the relationship between England and America when it comes to filmmaking. There’s so many great English filmmakers and actors and writers. I think this awards show bridges that gap."
The Britannia Awards are praised as one of the few Hollywood awards shows that honor winners without the sting for losing nominees. Nigel Lythgoe attributed the positive energy of the carpet to the fact that the honorees already know that they’re receiving the award: "Whether it’s us at the Emmys, the Oscars, or the Grammys, there’s normally at least four people nominated, and one person goes 'Yeah!' at the end of it, and four people go 'ugh,' and it just brings down the whole thing." Lythgoe added, “Here everybody is celebrating. We’re celebrating lifetime achievements rather than just one performance. I think that’s very good for the industry.”
This year’s host, British actor and comic Jack Whitehall, a relative newcomer to the Hollywood scene compared to the night’s honorees, offered up another reason for the success of the Britannia Awards: “It’s the first awards show before everyone gets bored of them, and it’s British, which is good. It’s classy.”
While Whitehall was most excited to “fangirl” over Harrison Ford, honored with the Albert R. Broccoli Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Entertainment, declaring both his love for Ford as well as his desire to make the veteran actor uncomfortable during the show, honoree Schumer was a popular answer given by attendees when asked who they were most excited to see.
True to form, Schumer, who received the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy, joked about being honored with the British award, “I love British humor, but I’ve never thought I had a British type of humor. I think I have a German sensibility.”
James Corden, who seemed to greet everyone on the carpet like an old friend, remained humble when speaking about his achievement, joking that his award for British Artist of the Year “means it isn’t true.”
The Britannia Awards will air Nov. 6 on POP at 9 p.m.