BAFTA Film Awards: Host David Tennant Takes Jab At Donald Trump In Opening Monologue

David Tennant hosted the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards and, during his opening monologue, took a jab at Donald Trump as he makes a presidential run in the U.S.

As Tennant looked around the room to acknowledge the different films nominated at the gala, he talked about Poor Things, the Yorgos Lanthimos-directed film starring Emma Stone.

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Poor Things, where a child’s brain is put in an adult’s body,” Tennant said. “And later this year, one of those may be reelected president.”

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Tennant also gave a shoutout to Wonka, calling it “an absolute delight,” as it was “a film all about chocolate.”

“I think Wonka gave us all a Boost,” Tennant quipped, receiving a delayed laughter from the audience. “And a Twix, and a Crunchie and an Aero.”

He added, “You might need to explain that to some of our American friends. It’s about the name of chocolate bars, like Hershey’s but they taste nicer.”

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The Doctor Who alum also mentioned Christopher Nolan’s Oppenheimer, alleging that the “script went through a lot of rewrites.”

“I believe in the first draft, right in the last minute, Liam Neeson comes in and diffuses it,” he joked.

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The ceremony couldn’t have missed acknowledging Barbie, who Tennant called “fantastic.”

“I keep thinking about poor-maligned Ken — brought to life by Ryan Gosling,” he said. “In the course of that film, Ken becomes a progressive, a champion of the marginalized, a voice for the oppressed. And if you squint at the end credits, you’ll even see Ken’s surname is actually Loache.”

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See the entire opening monologue in the video above.

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