BAFTA Awards: Stephen Fry Takes Swipe at North Korea

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The host of the awards show in London added some topical spice to a largely politics-free ceremony.

With The Imitation Game shut out of the BAFTA film awards on Sunday night and Benedict Cumberbatch not offered the opportunity to talk on stage about the U.K.'s mistreatment of the late Alan Turing, the ceremony passed over decidedly free from political discussion.

In the end, it was left to host Stephen Fry to light a topical cigar, using his closing remarks to poke a little fun at North Korea and the Sony hack.

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“No matter the changes in technology or distribution, the moving image will never be anything without story. For that you need belief, persistence and a story to tell,” he said. "Not even Kim Jong Un can stop you."

At the Golden Globes last month, the Sony hack and North Korea were also the source of comedy, with Margaret Cho portraying a North Korean journalist.