Monday, February 22, 2010


Prince William was named the new President of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts at Sunday night’s BAFTA ceremony. Seriously. Prince fuckety-duckety William. So, after basking in my “what the fuck-ness” for a couple of minutes, I decided to do some research. It turns out The Royals have a long history of chairing the Academy. Isn’t that fantastic? I mean, everyone just loves when things are handed to people on a silver platter because of who Mummy and Daddy are! Just look at how much people LOVE Paris Hilton.

Why the hostility, you may ask? Well first off, BAFTA Bill is taking over from Richard Attenborough. That’s right, two time Oscar winner, three time Golden Globe winner, four time BAFTA winner, practically choking on all of the awards he has ever won, so much so that he has them coming out of his arse, LORD FUCKING ATTENBOROUGH. Lord A is the visionary who brought the world Chaplin, Cry Freedom, A Chorus Line, Ghandi and A Bridge Too Far, but is probably best recognized as dino-phile with a God-complex, John Hammond from Jurassic Park.

Meanwhile, Prince Horseface’s only notable contribution to film and television has been this statement; “Becoming president of BAFTA is a great honor for me. There is almost nothing better than going to see a really good film so this is a great personal thrill for me.” Thanks Willy, that was really insightful. So glad that you’re “thrilled” and that the only adjective you could come up with to describe the medium is “good.”

Anyway, I don’t know what the President of the BAFTA really does; but I did find out that their mission is to, “support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public.” Right…how many of this year’s nominated tv series and films do you think the Royal has actually seen? And as far as I can tell, the only thing Prince William has actually “inspired” are some horribly misguided Cinderella-type films and a god-awful television movie chronicling the first fifteen years of his life.

I just think that in this day and age, there shouldn’t be so much hype surrounding the royal family, and that it would be far more beneficial for someone more like Richard Attenborough to head the BAFTA, than some twenty-seven year old kid who happens to own a crown.

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting topic! If they're only going to choose people who are royalty or have been knighted (which is all they've ever done so far), then they're gonna have a pretty small field to pick from. Too bad.
    Attenborough was like a perfect storm of qualifications for that job, since he was also mainly into movies, unlike McKellen, Stewart, Gambon... Too bad Alec Guinness and Peter Ustinov are gone, I don't think they'd dare give it to a 27-year old with them still around.

    p.s. there's no way you didn't see "In the Loop" *right* before you wrote "Prince fuckety-duckety William." Terrific.