NME Festival blog: Helena Bonham Carter had the most awkward moment of the BAFTAs

“The quality content I tuned in for”.

Helena Bonham Carter became the toast of the internet last night after a slightly awkward missed kiss with screenwriting icon James Ivory at the BAFTAs.

Ivory, who is best known for his work for the late Ismail Merchant, won the Best Adapted Screenplay Award for his efforts on the critically-acclaimed Call Me By Your Name.

But as he stood up to collect the award, a congratulatory kiss from Helena Bonham Carter went slightly wrong – with the actress accidentally planting the gesture on his shoulder.

“That Helena Bonham Carter jacket kiss is the quality content I tuned in for”, one BAFTAs viewer wrote.

Another said: “Helena Bonham Carter should also win an award for most awkward kiss of the night (she got James Ivory’s shoulder).”

But there was also huge praise for the way in which Bonham Carter had accompanied a visibly frail Ivory to the ceremony, after she starred in his 1985 film A Room With A View at the beginning of her career.

“I absolutely love that James Ivory’s date is Helena Bonham Carter”, one viewer wrote.

Overall though, the night truly belonged to Three Bilboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, which picked up five awards including Best Actress for Frances McDormand, Best Supporting Actor for Sam Rockwell and Best Film.

It also triumphed in the Best British Film category, along with a Best Original Screenplay award for Martin McDonagh.


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