Caught & Social: The critics’ choices
As C&S is sure you will have noticed, awards season is in fullest of swing on both sides of the pond. Last night your roving reporter headed down to the British Film Institute on London’s Southbank for the 31st London Critics’ Film Awards. The highest accolade of the night went to Kristin Scott Thomas who was presented with the Dilys Powell Award for Excellence in Cinema by fellow double-barreller, Sam Taylor-Wood. There were also more additions to the silverware collection for Colin Firth and The King’s Speech team. The charming man must now have enough awards to justify taking over Buckingham Palace after he took home another Actor of the Year gong. Firth said winning was “more than we could have hoped for”. Is that a crafty use of the royal “we” one wonders? Brit Rosamund Pike remained cheery, seemingly satisfied with her runner-up prize for Made in Dagenham.
The Spot: 5 Pollen St Mayfair
It only opens today, but No 5 is already the place to be after hosting a number of celebrity events. Earlier this week, the Italian eaterie threw a party for the White Cube gallery and artist Gary Hume. In attendance were former Clash member Paul Simonon, artists Dinos Chapman and Marc Quinn, and chefs Fergus Henderson and Giorgio Locatelli. The venue is soon going to have some rivalry though, when chef Jason Atherton opens the Pollen Street Social on the same tiny street.
Ant, Rob and Dec – a new TV hit?
As befitting the launch of Savile Row tailor Spencer Hart’s new collection at the London department store, Selfridges, last night, the smart suits were out in force. C&S has never before noticed just how similar Ant and Rob look, they could be twins, with Dec as their slightly annoying younger brother. Now is it just me or does that sound like a blinding idea for a sitcom?What’s that you say?C&Sshould stick to the day job? Oh well, if you insist.
Quick chat: Lady Gaga talks to ‘Vogue’
Growing up, Gaga was a tad naughty: “I was this really bad, rebellious misfit of a person – I still am – sneaking out, going to clubs, drugs, alcohol, older men, younger men. You imagine it, I did it. I was just a bad kid.”But deep down, she’s a good girl, phoning her parents every day: “Nothing has changed since I have become a star. I am a real family girl. When it comes to love and loyalty, I am very old-fashioned. And I am quite down-to-earth for such an eccentric person.” As well as being down-toearth (for an eccentric person) Gaga thinks she has “one of the greatest voices in the industry”and is “one of the greatest songwriters”. She just loves her fans: “Sometimes, being onstage is like having sex with my fans. They’re the only people on the planet who in an instant can make me just lose it.”
Screen & heard: music news
Break-out comic star of Shooting Stars, Angelos Epithemiou has been named as the presenter of the Shockwaves NME awards at Brixton Academy. Epithemiou was quoted as saying: “This is getting ridiculous, I got to do these NME awards now. It doesn’t really fit in with my schedule.” The Foo Fighters, PJ Harvey and My Chemical Romance are set to provide the other entertainment. If Aerosmith fans were wondering why Steven Tyler, right, is now a judge on US talent show American Idol, here’s your answer. The Hollywood Reporter says that since he made his debut last month, sales of his band’s Greatest Hits collection have shot up by 250 per cent. Can we expect a slew of ageing rockers lining up for roles on the X-Factornow then? Super-producer Mark Ronsonand model Josephine De La Baume are engaged. The happy news was confirmed by their spokesman after pictures of Gallic beauty Ms Of The Balm with an engagement ring were published by Purple magazine.
“If I host the worst show in the history of the Oscars, why do I care? I’ll try my best, but I don’t see any shame” Academy Award presenter and nominee James FrancoTagged in: Ant & Dec, Colin Firth, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lady Gaga, Rosamund Pike
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