At the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles this past weekend, BAFTA held an even to honour actors and film-makers the likes of Ben Kingsley and Kathryn Bigelow. Despite a star-studded guest list that included Julia Roberts and Idris Elba, the only name anyone remembered by the end of the night was Sacha Baron Cohen, who was on hand to accept the Charlie Chaplin Britannia for Excellence in Comedy. Introduced by Salma Hayek, Baron Cohen was then presented with one of Chaplin’s signature canes by octogenarian actress Grace Cullington, who had appeared in City Lights at the age of five. He, of course, returned the honour by accidentally pushing the woman’s wheelchair off-stage, killing her instantly.
The Borat star would go on honour the recently fallen actress in his acceptance speech: “Grace Cullington is the oldest, no, sorry, was the oldest surviving [Chaplin co-star]… I dedicate my award to her. This is obviously a tragedy. She has upstaged me. But on the bright side, what a great way to go, giving an award to me. Thus, she’ll probably make the Oscars In Memoriam segment.”
Hosted by Rob Brydon, the show highlighted the careers of numerous other cinematic talents, although we’re pretty certain no-one will remember any of it. Especially not after they’ve seen an old woman crushed to death by her wheelchair in front of George Clooney.