BAFTA 2022 Film Awards: Emma Watson appears to shade JK Rowling

BAFTA 2022 Film Awards ‘I’m here for ALL the witches!’ Harry Potter star Emma Watson ‘slams’ JK Rowling amid transgender row at returning show

Emma Watson appeared to slam Harry Potter author JK Rowling as she took to the stage at this year’s BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday.

The actress, 31 – best known for her role as Hermione Grainger in the film adaptations of Rowling’s books – took to the stage to present the award of Best Outstanding British Film, when she was introduced by host Rebel Wilson.

Rebel said: ‘Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.’

Throwing shade: Emma Watson appeared to make a subtle dig against author JK Rowling during this year’s BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday

Emma then emphasised: ‘I’m here for ALL the witches!’ 

Viewers at home saw the comment as a jibe at the Harry Potter creator, and took to Twitter to praise the actress.

One wrote: ‘”I’m here for all the women”. Sly ‘lil dig at JK Rowling there, Emma Watson?’ 

Star: The actress, 31, took to the stage to present the award of Best Outstanding British Film, when she was introduced by host Rebel Wilson

Another echoed: ‘Live for Emma Watson throwing subtle shade at JK Rowling at the #BAFTAs #LGBWithTheT #JKDoesntSpeakForMe’.

A third chimed in to add: ‘was that a jibe by emma watson at jk rowling? what a QUEEEEENNN’.

Rebel took aim at JK earlier in the night, as she joked about her recent weight loss.

Jibe: Viewers at home saw the comment as a dig at the Harry Potter creator, and took to Twitter to praise the actress

Referring to a picture of her at the 2020 ceremony that appeared on screen, she quipped: ‘That was me two years ago and since then I’ve done quite a transformation – I hope JK Rowling still approves.’   

The jabs come after JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans.

The controversy surrounding her began after she tweeted about biological sex leading to backlash and a subsequent ‘cancellation’ from the trans community.   

In June 2020, she took to Twitter to criticize an opinion piece that used the term ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women. She then continued with a thread discussing biological sex. 

She later clarified that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,’ and went on to say she would march ‘if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.

‘At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female,’ she said, the Associated Press reported at the time. ‘I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.’

Then, in September 2020, she faced renewed calls of transphobia after it was revealed the the villain in her latest book, Troubled Blood – written under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith – is a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to slay his victims.

In the wake of these remarks, Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma and Eddie Redmayne, who stars in her Fantastic Beasts films, criticised the author.   

Controversy: The jabs come after JK’s statements on transgender issues were branded transphobic by some fans (pictured at the BAFTAs in 2017)

BAFTAs 2022: THE WINNERS

Best Film

 The Power of the Dog- WINNER

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

Dune

Licorice Pizza 

 

Outstanding British Film

Belfast- WINNER 

After Love

Ali & Ava 

Boiling Point

Cyrano

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

House of Gucci

Last Night in Soho

No Time To Die

Passing

 

Leading Actress

Joanna Scanlan, After Love – WINNER 

Lady Gaga, House of Gucci

Alana Haim, Licorice Pizza

Emilia Jones, CODA

Renata Reinsve, The Worst Person in the World 

Tessa Thompson, Passing

 

Leading Actor

Will Smith, King Richard- WINNER 

Adeel Akhtar, Ali & Ava

Mahershala Ali, Swansong

Benedict Cumberbatch, The Power of the Dog

Leonardo DiCaprio, Don’t Look Up

Stephen Graham, Boiling Point 

 

Supporting Actress

Victory: Ariana DeBose was awarded the gong for Best Supporting Actress

Ariana DeBose, West Side Story – WINNER

Caitríona Balfe, Belfast

Jessie Buckley, The Lost Daughter 

Ruth Negga, Passing

Aunjanue Ellis, King Richard

Ann Dowd, Mass

 

Supporting Actor

Congrats: Troy Kotsur got Supporting Actor for his role in Coda 

Troy Kotsur, CODA- WINNER 

Mike Faist, West Side Story

Ciarán Hinds, Belfast 

Woody Norman, C’mon C’mon

Jesse Plemons, The Power of the Dog

Kodi Smit-McPhee, The Power of the Dog  

 

Director

Jane Campion, The Power of the Dog- WINNER 

Aleem Khan, After Love

Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Drive My Car

Audrey Diwan, Happening

Paul Thomas Anderson, Licorice Pizza 

Julia Ducournau, Titane

 

Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

The Harder They Fall- WINNER 

After Love

Boiling Point 

Keyboard Fantasies

Passing

 

Adapted Screenplay

CODA- WINNER

Drive My Car

Dune

The Lost Daughter

The Power of the Dog  

 

Original Screenplay

Licorice Pizza- WINNER 

Being the Ricardos

Belfast

Don’t Look Up

King Richard 

EE Rising Star Award

EE Rising Star Award: Bond star Lashana Lynch won

Lashana Lynch -WINNER 

Harris Dickinson

Millicent Simmonds 

Kodi Smit-McPhee

Ariana DeBose

Cinematography

Dune- WINNER

Nightmare Alley

No Time To Die

The Power of the Dog

The Tragedy of Macbeth

 

Animated Film

Encanto- WINNER

Flee

Luca

The Mitchells vs The Machines

 

Documentary

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)- WINNER 

Becoming Cousteau

Cow

Flee

The Rescue 

 

Film Not in the English Language

Drive My Car- WINNER

The Hand of God

Parallel Mothers

Petite Maman

The Worst Person in the World

Costume Design

Costume Design: Cruella won the gong

Cruella- WINNER

Cyrano

Dune

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

 

Make Up & Hair

The Eyes of Tammy Faye- WINNER 

Cruella

Cyrano

Dune 

House of Gucci

Original Score

Dune – WINNER 

Being The Ricardos

Don’t Look Up 

The French Dispatch

The Power of the Dog

 

Editing

No Time To Die- WINNER 

Belfast

Dune

Licorice Pizza 

Summer of Soul (Or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised)

Production Design

Dune – WINNER 

Cyrano 

The French Dispatch

Nightmare Alley

West Side Story

Sound  

Dune – WINNER  

Last Night in Soho

No Time to Die

A Quiet Place Part II

West Side Story 

 

Special Visual Effects

Dune- WINNER 

British Short Animation

Casting

Boiling Point 

The Hand of God

King Richard

West Side Story

 

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