Pretty good night for the cast of The Help -- Davis, Stone & Spencer all going home winners.
When Hidden Figures won the final prize, I was reminded of the fact that this is now the SAG/AFTRA award -- the added-on membership, I think, brings the group gestalt somewhat closer to the more populist one it was before screeners made it possible for obscurer films (like Away from Her and Crazy Heart) to win. Which is to say, Denzel and Emma Stone may have been more popular here than they'll be four weeks from now.
Like BJ, I'm worried that the award I was hoping to be most happy about is now the one most in doubt (something all too consistent with my Oscar history). But it's interesting to note that Denzel of course CAN'T win the BAFTA, so we'll be very much in suspense about that one right up to the end.
I'd also note that, while Emma Stone has to be the big Oscar favorite, I'm not totally convinced she'll win BAFTA, either. If Portman (or Adams, I suppose) should win there, that contest could become marginally more interesting.
The supporting awards, however, seem locked in.
Everybody obviously came in thinking, We hate Trump, and we don't care if anyone doesn't like us saying it. Several pretty good speeches, culminating in that guy from Stranger Things, who was a tad annoying -- he must have known that thing was going way past 45 seconds -- but got past that on sheer enthusiasm. (But what was Winona doing beside him? -- practicing every facial reaction she'd ever learned?)
I think Dolly Parton missed Jane Fonda -- I'm sure they'd worked something up, and Dolly wasn't quite up to winging it on her own. But it was fun, and then Lily's speech was mostly vintage (I assume courtesy Jane Wagner), though a little bumpy in spots.