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TV Baftas 2020: From Winners To Acceptance Speeches, Here's Everything To Know From The Socially-Distanced Event

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The TV Baftas were a very different affair this year, as a socially-distanced version of the annual event was held on Friday night.

The 2020 ceremony was postponed from its usual May date earlier this year, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, with it later announced it would be held behind closed doors.

Friday night’s event saw new host Richard Ayoade presenting in an audience-less studio with a handful of guest presenters, with all nominees and winners appearing via video link from home.

It meant that some nominees had pre-record acceptance speeches over Zoom in the event they were announced as a winner, while others appeared live.

To say the ceremony was surreal would be somewhat of an understatement, but there were still plenty of highlights from the evening...

Chernobyl and The End Of The F***ing World were the big winners

Naomi Ackie picked up Supporting Actress for Channel 4′s The End Of The F***ing World, which was awarded Best Drama, whil Sky/HBO mini-series Chernobyl picked up two gongs, Leading Actor for Jared Harris and Best Mini-Series.

.@TEOTFW’s Naomi Ackie, Jessy Barden and Alex Lawther are sending a big shout-out to all the cast and crew that made their Drama Series win possible 🏆 #VirginMediaBAFTAs#BAFTAspic.twitter.com/Bcfci5FPfS

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) July 31, 2020

Artists from over 14 countries, 100s of crew members and an all-star cast, all in the name of truth and transparency… Chernobyl takes the BAFTA for Mini-Series. #VirginMediaBAFTAs#BAFTAspic.twitter.com/s4ang7701H

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) July 31, 2020

Naomi Ackie’s speech was particularly moving

The star was in shock when she was announced as the Supporting Actress winner for her role as Bonnie in The End Of The F***ing World, saying: “Oh man, are you serious?”

After saying her thank-yous, Naomi became emotional and joked: “This makes lockdown so much better!”

She later revealed she hadn’t realised she’d won as she wasn’t wearing her glasses and couldn’t see her name come up on the screen.

'Oh man, are you serious?!.. this makes lockdown so much better'
Naomi Ackie picks up the Supporting Actress award at #VirginMediaBAFTAs for her (quite frankly) terrifying performance in The End of the F***ng World! pic.twitter.com/m9dOuEU9Cj

— BAFTA (@BAFTA) July 31, 2020

During the winners’ room Q&A, she explained: “Weirdly, because I’m not wearing my glasses, they’re somewhere on my bed, I couldn’t see what the name was.

“So I was waiting for the man to say. When he said it, the first thing was like ‘No! No, no!’

“Because I was amongst such amazing performances. They’re all incredible, so my first thing was to reject it.”

Jared Harris made a revelation in his acceptance speech

He revealed that he wasn’t actually HBO chief Kary Antholis’ first choice to play Valery Legasov on the show.

Jared said of their first meeting: “About 10 minutes in, he looked at me and he said ‘Jared, I hope you don’t mind me telling you this but you were not our first choice,’ and then he said ‘Would you like to know who was?’

“And I said ‘Oh I would, yes, very much.’ Daniel........

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