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Cruise announced Richard Linklater‘s Boyhood as the winner toward the end of the ceremony. Linklater, who was at the DGA awards Saturday, at which Birdman director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu was honored, wasn’t present to pick up his award. Ethan Hawke and producer Cathleen Sutherland accepted on his behalf.
“He was hijacked by the DGAs and sat there losing and is going to be frankly pissed off that he’s not here tonight,” Hawke said on stage. Sutherland added: “Wow, Rick is really gonna be mad about this.”
BAFTA awards ceremony host Stephen Fry then said: “I think we can all drink a toast later to the dissolution of the Directors Guild of America. Damn them!”
Late in the week, it emerged that BAFTA organizers had invited Cruise to present an award at the ceremony, but it wasn’t clear if he had agreed to appear.
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