Heartbreaking reason why Richard E Grant wore two watches

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There is a heartbreaking reason behind why Richard E Grant was wearing two watches at the BAFTA Awards 2023 on Sunday night.

Many spotted that the Swazi-English actor and presenter, 65, had one on each wrist that were visible under his white suit jacket.

Richard expertly presented the ceremony alongside Alison Hammond – who impressed viewers have now called a ‘dream team’.

As for the watches, it is due to the fact that the presenter is a dual citizen of both the UK and Eswatini (formerly called Swaziland) – so he wears a watch set each time zone.

The first watch is set to Greenwich Meantime (GMT), and the second, which was gifted to him by his late father, is permanently set to Swaziland time.

Heartbreaking reason why Richard E Grant wore two watches

Thoughtful: There is a heartbreaking reason behind why Richard E Grant was wearing two watches at the BAFTA Awards 2023 on Sunday night

Different: Many spotted that the Swazi-English actor and presenter, 65, had one on each wrist that were visible under his white suit jacket

Different: Many spotted that the Swazi-English actor and presenter, 65, had one on each wrist that were visible under his white suit jacket

‘Why does Richard E Grant need two watches?’, one viewer wondered on Twitter during the ceremony.

‘Does Richard E Grant have 2 watches on??’ asked a second.

Richard’s father Henrik Esterhuysen died prematurely from lung cancer at the age of 52 when he was 24.

Richard has previously said of his death: ‘It is a recurring regret that he never lived to see me succeed beyond university and drama.’ 

Henrik was head of education for the British government administration in the British protectorate of Swaziland.

BAFTA hosts Richard and Alison were praised by viewers following Sunday’s ceremony who branded them a ‘dream team’.

While actor Richard took to the main stage This Morning’s Alison, 48, interviewed stars behind the scenes

The duo oozed confidence as they led proceedings and enjoyed a giggle or two during the ceremony. 

Fun: Richard expertly presented the ceremony alongside Alison Hammond - who impressed viewers have now called a 'dream team'

Fun: Richard expertly presented the ceremony alongside Alison Hammond – who impressed viewers have now called a ‘dream team’

Idea: As for the watches, it is due to the fact that the presenter is a dual citizen of both the UK and Eswatini (formerly called Swaziland) - so he wears a watch set each time zone

Idea: As for the watches, it is due to the fact that the presenter is a dual citizen of both the UK and Eswatini (formerly called Swaziland) – so he wears a watch set each time zone

Taking to Twitter one viewer wrote: ‘What a brilliant night [they] work so well together, long may it continue!’.

With another adding: ‘Dream team!’ and ‘[They] are always fab. You are always fab. I love how professionally, down to earth and open you are’.

While a fourth said: ‘Loved you two together’ and ‘My main takeaway from the show this year is that Richard E Grant is a really lovely man’.

And a sixth added: ‘You were excellent, great hosts, the film community really seems to warm to you’. 

However other viewers were less than impressed with Alison’s backstage segment branding it ‘annoying’ and ‘disjointed’.

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One wrote: ‘Why is the Alison Hammond bit there? Is it for bbc America for commercials?? It’s so disjointed #BAFTAs.’

BAFTAs 2023 winners at a glance 

BEST FILM – All Quiet on the Western Front

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM – The Banshees of Inisherin

DIRECTOR – Edward Berger, All Quiet on the Western Front

LEADING ACTRESS – Cate Blanchett, Tar

LEADING ACTOR – Austin Butler, Elvis

SUPPORTING ACTRESS – Kerry Condon, The Banshees of Inisherin

SUPPORTING ACTOR – Barry Keoghan, The Banshees of Inisherin

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY – The Banshees of Inisherin

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY – All Quiet on the Western Front

FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE – All Quiet on the Western Front

DOCUMENTARY – Navalny

ANIMATED FILM – Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

ORIGINAL SCORE – All Quiet on the Western Front

EE RISING STAR AWARD – Emma Mackey

Another chimed in with, ‘These Alison Hammond interviews suck all energy out of the BAFTAs show. Format just doesn’t work. #BAFTA2023.’

A third penned, ‘Oh my word. Please no more Alison Hammond. With absolutely meaningless drivel. I mean, where is the relevant conversation about the winners so far. #BAFTA2023.’

More added: ‘Every time it cuts to these pointless mid show chats with Alison Hammond #BAFTAs,’ and, ‘What did we do wrong to deserve these Alison Hammond segments? #BAFTAs.’

Others concluded, ‘Alison Hammond segments are just dead air. I want to see the awards, not this tongue job! #BAFTA2023,’ as well as, ‘Could do without the chatty bits with Alison Hammond #BAFTAs.’

The biggest night in British film returned on Sunday evening with Richard taking the helm to present the 76th EE British Academy Film Awards.

Held at the Royal Festival Hall, Richard, was joined by Alison to host the star-studded ceremony, while film critic Ali Plum was on the red carpet with Vick Hope.

Getting ready for the show: The presenter made quite an entrance to the Royal Festival Hall in a Bat Mobile

Getting ready for the show: The presenter made quite an entrance to the Royal Festival Hall in a Bat Mobile

Austin Butler was awarded Best Actor at the awards, beating out favourite Colin Farrell in a shock upset.

The actor fought back tears as he paid tribute to the Presley family while accepting the honour, after portraying the late King Of Rock in the Baz Lurhmann biopic.

Cate Blanchett was also awarded Best Leading Actress for her performance in the biopic Tar, the film’s only big win of the night.

Tearfully, she accepted the gong as she thanked her mother and director Todd Field, adding that Blanchett also said that 2022 had been an ‘extraordinary year for women’.

Netflix’s German war epic All Quiet On The Western Front was the big winner of the night with a total of seven gongs, including Best Film, while The Banshees of Inisherin was close behind with five, including Best British Film and Best Supporting Actor and Actress respectively.

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During his opening monologue, Richard referenced Will Smith’s infamous slap at last year’s Oscars, telling audiences that ‘on my watch no one gets slapped tonight’.

Smith stormed onto the stage during the 94th annual Academy Awards in March and slapped presenter Chris Rock after the comedian made a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

The actor, who went on to win the coveted best actor Oscar moments later, was later banned from all Academy events for the next 10 years and resigned from the organisation.

Speaking at the Baftas, Grant said that the only slaps being received on Sunday would be ‘on the back’.

BAFTA FILM AWARDS 2023: THE WINNERS

BEST FILM 

Acclaim:  Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front

Acclaim:  Netflix anti-war epic All Quiet On The Western Front

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Elvis 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Tar 

BEST ACTRESS

First nomination: Ana de Armas is up for Leading Actress

First nomination: Ana de Armas is up for Leading Actress

Cate Blanchett (Tar) – WINNER

Viola Davis (The Woman King) 

Danielle Deadwyler (Till) 

Ana de Armas (Blonde) 

Emma Thompson (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande) 

Michelle Yeoh (Everything Everywhere All At Once 

BEST ACTOR 

In the running: Austin Butler is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis

In the running: Austin Butler is up for Best Actor for his portrayal of Elvis 

Austin Butler (Elvis) – WINNER

Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) 

Brendan Fraser (The Whale) 

Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You, Leo Grande) 

Paul Mescal (Aftersun) 

Bill Nighy (Living)  

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM 

Aftersun

The Banshees Of Inisherin – WINNER

Brian and Charles

Empire of Light 

Good Luck to You Leo Grande

Living 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda

See How They Run

The Swimmers

The Wonder 

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER 

Aftersun (Charlotte Wells) – WINNER

Blue Jean (Georgia Oakley, Helene Sifre) 

Electric Malady (Marie Liden) 

Good Luck To You, Leo Grande (Katy Brand) 

Rebellion (Maia Kenworthy) 

FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE 

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

Argentina, 1985

Corsage 

Decision To Leave

The Quiet Girl 

DOCUMENTARY 

All The Breathes

All The Beauty And The Bloodshed 

Fire Of Love

Moonage Daydream 

Navalny – WINNER

ANIMATED FILM  

Pinocchio – WINNER

Marcel The Shell With Shoes On 

Puss In Boots: The Last Wish

Turning Red

DIRECTOR 

Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Qua in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Michelle Yeoh and Ke Huy Qua in Everything Everywhere All At Once

All Quiet On The Western Front, Edward Berger – WINNER

The Banshees of Inisherin Martin McDonagh

Decision To Leave, Park Chan-wook 

Everything Everywhere All At Once, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert

Tar, Todd Field

The Woman King, Gina Prince-Bythewood  

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ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

The Banshees of Inisherin – WINNER

Everything Everywhere All At Once 

The Fabelmans 

Tar 

Triangle of Sadness  

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

Living 

The Quiet Girl

She Said 

The Whale 

SOUND

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

Avatar: The Way Of Water

Elvis 

Tar 

Top Gun: Maverick  

BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION 

The Boy, The Mole, The Fox and The Horse – WINNER

Middle Watch

Your Mountain Is Waiting  

SUPPORTING ACTRESS

 Angela Bassett (Wakanda Forever)

Hong Chau (The Whale) 

Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin) – WINNER

Dolly De Leon (Triangle of Sadness)

Jamie Lee Curtis (Everything Everywhere All At Once) 

Carey Mulligan (She Said) 

SUPPORTING ACTOR 

Shortlisted: Eddie Redmayne is up for Supporting Actor in The Good Nurse

Shortlisted: Eddie Redmayne is up for Supporting Actor in The Good Nurse

Brendan Gleeson (The Banshees Of Inisherin)

Barry Keoghan (The Banshees Of Inisherin) – WINNER

Ke Huy Quan (Everything Everywhere All At Once) 

Eddie Redmayne (The Good Nurse) 

Albrecht Schuch (All Quiet On The Western Front) 

Micheal Ward (Empire Of Light) 

CASTING 

Triangle of Sadness got a nod in the Casting category

Triangle of Sadness got a nod in the Casting category 

Aftersun 

All Quiet On The Western Front

Elvis – WINNER

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Triangle Of Sadness  

CINEMATOGRAPHY 

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

The Batman 

Elvis 

Empire Of Light

Top Gun: Maverick  

COSTUME DESIGN 

Costume Design: Margot Robbie in Babylon

Costume Design: Margot Robbie in Babylon

All Quiet On The Western Front 

Amsterdam 

Babylon 

Elvis – WINNER

Mrs Harris Goes To Paris  

EDITING 

Sequel: Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Sequel: Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick 

 All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Banshees Of Inisherin

Elvis

Everything Everywhere All At Once – WINNER 

Top Gun: Maverick  

MAKE UP & HAIR 

All Quiet On The Western Front 

The Batman 

Elvis – WINNER

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical 

The Whale 

ORIGINAL SCORE 

All Quiet On The Western Front – WINNER

Babylon 

The Banshees of Inisherin 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Pinocchio  

PRODUCTION DESIGN

All Quiet On The Western Front

Babylon – WINNER

The Batman 

Elvis 

Pinocchio 

SPECIAL VISUAL EFFECTS 

Avatar: The Way Of Water is up for Special Visual Effects

Avatar: The Way Of Water is up for Special Visual Effects 

All Quiet On The Western Front

Avatar: The Way Of Water – WINNER

The Batman 

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Top Gun: Maverick 

BRITISH SHORT FILM 

The Ballad Of Olive Morris 

Bazigaga

Bus Girl 

A Drifting Up

An Irish Goodbye – WINNER

EE RISING STAR  

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl

Happy: Nominees Sheila, Naomi and Daryl 

Emma Mackey (Sex Education) – WINNER

Naomie Ackie (Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody) 

Sheila Atim (The Woman King) 

Aimee Lou Wood (Sex Education) 

Daryl McCormack (Good Luck To You)  

  

 

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