The 2018 Evening Standard Theatre Awards

November 18th, 2018.

Every year for the past few years, I’ve attended the Olivier Awards and had to admit that as I don’t go to the theatre, I have a lot of difficulty identifying many of the most talented thespians treading various boards around London. But it’s only once a year, so I figure I can handle the embarrassment. Then, about six months later, I remember the Evening Standard Awards (2015, 2016, 2017…) , and I get to do it all over again, except this time in considerably colder weather.

Of course I love it. Here’s how it went down (note : commentary now updated with all the winners, and photos added at the end for all the winners I originally failed to upload):

It’s a slightly different setup this year : carpet on the road, and a protective marquee for stars to be photographed under. Sadly, your good friend and mine DJ Impact was not called upon to provide warmup duties at this event (between you and me, I think the Great Unwashed are at best tolerated at the roadside of this event)

It’s a slightly different setup this year : carpet on the road, and a protective marquee for stars to be photographed under. Sadly, your good friend and mine DJ Impact was not called upon to provide warmup duties at this event (between you and me, I think the Great Unwashed are at best tolerated at the roadside of this event)

We start the evening’s proceedings off in the traditional, time-honoured way : our first guest has arrived, and I have no idea who he is.  (Subsequently - and embarrassingly - identified as Jamael Westman, who won the Emerging Talent Award on the night)

We start the evening’s proceedings off in the traditional, time-honoured way : our first guest has arrived, and I have no idea who he is. (Subsequently - and embarrassingly - identified as Jamael Westman, who won the Emerging Talent Award on the night)

In much better news for my capacity to appear cultured, the mighty Wireimage.com has uploaded its tagged photos from the evening, so I can state beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is   Rona Morison   … and state with equally fervent certainty that I sadly have no idea who she is.

In much better news for my capacity to appear cultured, the mighty Wireimage.com has uploaded its tagged photos from the evening, so I can state beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is Rona Morison … and state with equally fervent certainty that I sadly have no idea who she is.

Good news : I actually DO know who Arinze Kene is and not just because I’ve photographed him at a previous Evening Standard Theatre Awards : No, I’ve also photographed him at a premiere - the BFI Flare    premiere for the movie “The Pass”

Good news : I actually DO know who Arinze Kene is and not just because I’ve photographed him at a previous Evening Standard Theatre Awards : No, I’ve also photographed him at a premiere - the BFI Flare premiere for the movie “The Pass”

“Tried smiling once. Didn’t like it”  (later identified as : Chris Walley, who was nominated for a Best Emerging Talent award for ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’)

“Tried smiling once. Didn’t like it”
(later identified as : Chris Walley, who was nominated for a Best Emerging Talent award for ‘The Lieutenant of Inishmore’)

“I’m sorry, I have no recollection of having been in a Marvel, Star Wars or Hunger Games. You’ve probably mistaken me for one of those Hemsworths…”  (subsequently identified as: Samuel West)

“I’m sorry, I have no recollection of having been in a Marvel, Star Wars or Hunger Games. You’ve probably mistaken me for one of those Hemsworths…” (subsequently identified as: Samuel West)

Good news : Disney might have had a barbed-wire, robot-sentry gun patroled and mine-field strewn    “European” premiere for Black Panther    to which the public were wholly unwelcome… but between this event and the    2018 GQ Awards   , I’ve now photographed 3 of the cast : this is Letitia Wright who plays the 16 year old head scientist / 16 year old head surgeon of the kingdom Wakanda.

Good news : Disney might have had a barbed-wire, robot-sentry gun patroled and mine-field strewn “European” premiere for Black Panther to which the public were wholly unwelcome… but between this event and the 2018 GQ Awards, I’ve now photographed 3 of the cast : this is Letitia Wright who plays the 16 year old head scientist / 16 year old head surgeon of the kingdom Wakanda.

“Nah… I think I’ve got it. As a surgeon / scientist the skills required to balance on a skateboard are fairly fundamental”

“Nah… I think I’ve got it. As a surgeon / scientist the skills required to balance on a skateboard are fairly fundamental”

“What do you mean, “you’ve finally got me” ? Is that meant to be a good thing, or just something you kids just say?”  - I’d actually never photographed actress Fiona Shaw - arguably best known for playing Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter Saga (she played Harry’s aunt) - she was in (but not at the premiere of)    the movie Colette   .

“What do you mean, “you’ve finally got me” ? Is that meant to be a good thing, or just something you kids just say?” - I’d actually never photographed actress Fiona Shaw - arguably best known for playing Petunia Dursley in the Harry Potter Saga (she played Harry’s aunt) - she was in (but not at the premiere of) the movie Colette.

“You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve just been “finally got” and I’m still not sure what to make of that”

“You’ll have to forgive me. I’ve just been “finally got” and I’m still not sure what to make of that”

“You appear to have no tickets, no interest in theatre, and no idea where you actually are. What makes you think we’ll let you in??” ”The way I’m dressed; the way I’m casually smoking this cigarette; and the way I’m calling you Babes,.. Babes.”

“You appear to have no tickets, no interest in theatre, and no idea where you actually are. What makes you think we’ll let you in??”
”The way I’m dressed; the way I’m casually smoking this cigarette; and the way I’m calling you Babes,.. Babes.”

“Just because I was in that movie doesn’t mean I’m about to sign autographs…”  - Anna Wintour might be best known as a longtime editor of Vogue, but her imdb credits include Oceans 8 and Zoolander 2.

“Just because I was in that movie doesn’t mean I’m about to sign autographs…” - Anna Wintour might be best known as a longtime editor of Vogue, but her imdb credits include Oceans 8 and Zoolander 2.

“Gotta be honest, other than the dude wearing the white hoodie under a black jacket, I strongly doubt ANY of you have anything to do with the world of fashion.” . I was wearing a grey hoodie under a leather jacket. It was so 2005….

“Gotta be honest, other than the dude wearing the white hoodie under a black jacket, I strongly doubt ANY of you have anything to do with the world of fashion.”. I was wearing a grey hoodie under a leather jacket. It was so 2005….

“Just so long as your opinions on politics are less extreme than your opinions on theatre we might get along….”  Personally, my opinions on either of those are less extreme than my views on hordes of perpetually texting douchebag millennials crowding the Orders counter of my local cafe. They need to be shot.

“Just so long as your opinions on politics are less extreme than your opinions on theatre we might get along….” Personally, my opinions on either of those are less extreme than my views on hordes of perpetually texting douchebag millennials crowding the Orders counter of my local cafe. They need to be shot.

I don’t know who this is, but the dealers were screaming out “STEVEN!!!” (possibly “STEPHEN!!!”) and I rescued a shot of him from full silhouette just to see how much shadow detail can be retrieved from the Nikon. Turns out its a lot. I’m still not sure who he is, though.  (subsequent estimation : Steven Mangan?)

I don’t know who this is, but the dealers were screaming out “STEVEN!!!” (possibly “STEPHEN!!!”) and I rescued a shot of him from full silhouette just to see how much shadow detail can be retrieved from the Nikon. Turns out its a lot. I’m still not sure who he is, though.
(subsequent estimation : Steven Mangan?)

“As you can see, I forgot my ticket” . I tried that on a ticket inspector on my train network once. But I was not attired quite like this.

“As you can see, I forgot my ticket”.
I tried that on a ticket inspector on my train network once. But I was not attired quite like this.

“That’s not really the movie I want to be remembered for, but okay…”  - along with having a role in the second (original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I’ve photographed Laura Linney only once - at    the premiere of Mr Holmes.

“That’s not really the movie I want to be remembered for, but okay…” - along with having a role in the second (original) Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, I’ve photographed Laura Linney only once - at the premiere of Mr Holmes.

I don’t know who ANY of these people (excepting for now the lady in the blue dress who I ‘met’ two photos ago) but you have to admit photographing them in bulk is much more efficient than doing so individually.  (psst.. I think this is the cast of ‘Hamilton’, possibly the most famous musical in the world right now, and they won ‘Best Musical’ on the night, AND note the tall man on the right, who is Jamael Westman, who won the Emerging Talent Award on the night)

I don’t know who ANY of these people (excepting for now the lady in the blue dress who I ‘met’ two photos ago) but you have to admit photographing them in bulk is much more efficient than doing so individually.
(psst.. I think this is the cast of ‘Hamilton’, possibly the most famous musical in the world right now, and they won ‘Best Musical’ on the night, AND note the tall man on the right, who is Jamael Westman, who won the Emerging Talent Award on the night)

“But there’s got to be some kind of Hypothermia Rule where you can’t forbid me entry if I’m dressed like this”.  I meanwhile am wearing approximately four layers of clothing, and a ‘Rock Jock <TM>” lined-beanie that some unscrupulous dude off ebay sold as being Thinsulate and then defended on the grounds of “same thing, just as warm”. I have marginally less hair on my head than Rosie Day, so this is important.  (edited to add : she’s Rosie Day)

“But there’s got to be some kind of Hypothermia Rule where you can’t forbid me entry if I’m dressed like this”. I meanwhile am wearing approximately four layers of clothing, and a ‘Rock Jock <TM>” lined-beanie that some unscrupulous dude off ebay sold as being Thinsulate and then defended on the grounds of “same thing, just as warm”. I have marginally less hair on my head than Rosie Day, so this is important. (edited to add : she’s Rosie Day)

I don’t know who this is, but the autograph dealers near me gave him the same surname as a leading brand of alcoholic spirit. I don’t drink tequila, but it’s still a cool man-bun you’ve got, Sir.

I don’t know who this is, but the autograph dealers near me gave him the same surname as a leading brand of alcoholic spirit. I don’t drink tequila, but it’s still a cool man-bun you’ve got, Sir.

“I’m torn between coming over there in spite of or because of the disgust of my date… ”.  I also don’t know who this is, and his date’s attitude to autograph dealers approximates mine, however not so much tonight actually. That’s because the dealers around me have a pretty good (nay, surprising; nay, commendable) ability to identify people in theatre that I personally lack.

“I’m torn between coming over there in spite of or because of the disgust of my date… ”.
I also don’t know who this is, and his date’s attitude to autograph dealers approximates mine, however not so much tonight actually. That’s because the dealers around me have a pretty good (nay, surprising; nay, commendable) ability to identify people in theatre that I personally lack.

It’s Ian McKellen!! And while I also have a warm grey scarf that I occasionally wear, I’m sadly not doing so tonight.  (edited to add : he was nominated for Best Actor for ‘King Lear’ on the night)

It’s Ian McKellen!! And while I also have a warm grey scarf that I occasionally wear, I’m sadly not doing so tonight. (edited to add : he was nominated for Best Actor for ‘King Lear’ on the night)

“You gotta check out this guy’s website. It’s frikkin’ awesome” . You just gotta straighten that finger slightly and point it two people to the left…. and you’re absolutely right Mr McKellen!!

“You gotta check out this guy’s website. It’s frikkin’ awesome”. You just gotta straighten that finger slightly and point it two people to the left…. and you’re absolutely right Mr McKellen!!

There is one person attending this event whose photo I will post no matter how blurry it is, and that’s Jenna Coleman. No reason… except the obvious, I suppose.

There is one person attending this event whose photo I will post no matter how blurry it is, and that’s Jenna Coleman. No reason… except the obvious, I suppose.

“Yeah, but everyone on the other side of my arm is going to treat you like you’re just some insanely good-looking person rather than a serious actress….. oh, wait. You understand this and are flattered by this. Very well…. but the consequences are entirely on you”

“Yeah, but everyone on the other side of my arm is going to treat you like you’re just some insanely good-looking person rather than a serious actress….. oh, wait. You understand this and are flattered by this. Very well…. but the consequences are entirely on you”

Jenna Coleman and I share a moment. The Nikon at 10fps punctuates it somewhat crudely and noisily, but I think it’s okay. And I’m sure it’ll take her lawyers ages to get in contact about any “moment” I’ve implied we may or may not have shared.

Jenna Coleman and I share a moment. The Nikon at 10fps punctuates it somewhat crudely and noisily, but I think it’s okay. And I’m sure it’ll take her lawyers ages to get in contact about any “moment” I’ve implied we may or may not have shared.

“The guy I like kinda has less hair on his head than you…”  - hey, if you want me to stop posting Jenna Coleman pictures, just bang on my door in the next ten seconds. (Aw, you missed your chance.) (Also, please don’t tell her boyfriend I’m writing any of this. I’m almost certain he’s taller, and tougher than I am.)

“The guy I like kinda has less hair on his head than you…” - hey, if you want me to stop posting Jenna Coleman pictures, just bang on my door in the next ten seconds. (Aw, you missed your chance.) (Also, please don’t tell her boyfriend I’m writing any of this. I’m almost certain he’s taller, and tougher than I am.)

“Queen Victoria was here? When - just now?”  - it’s Claire Foy - she played Queen Elizabeth II in both    Season 1    and    Season 2    of “The Crown” while Jenna Coleman played Queen Victoria in “Victoria”

“Queen Victoria was here? When - just now?” - it’s Claire Foy - she played Queen Elizabeth II in both Season 1 and Season 2 of “The Crown” while Jenna Coleman played Queen Victoria in “Victoria”

“You think the rictus of pain that’s causing me to bare my teeth due to the insane cold is a friendly smile? Well… as long as it makes half of the two of us happy, feel free to think that.”

“You think the rictus of pain that’s causing me to bare my teeth due to the insane cold is a friendly smile? Well… as long as it makes half of the two of us happy, feel free to think that.”

“I found this precise sliver of light to stand in to express my disapproval and you think it’s ACCIDENTAL? You’ve just insulted everything I stand for as an actress, Bob” ”….” ”And that you’ve found a spot of shadow to stand in speaks highly for you as an actor, and I respect that even though I’m still mad”

“I found this precise sliver of light to stand in to express my disapproval and you think it’s ACCIDENTAL? You’ve just insulted everything I stand for as an actress, Bob”
”….”
”And that you’ve found a spot of shadow to stand in speaks highly for you as an actor, and I respect that even though I’m still mad”

“I’d rather sign Dr Who and Christopher Robin stuff than… those two DVDs…”-  wow. Sophie Okonedo was also in Aeon Flux with Charlize Theron AND After Earth with Will/Jaden Smith AND has an acting career. (She was also in the excellent “the slap”)

“I’d rather sign Dr Who and Christopher Robin stuff than… those two DVDs…”- wow. Sophie Okonedo was also in Aeon Flux with Charlize Theron AND After Earth with Will/Jaden Smith AND has an acting career. (She was also in the excellent “the slap”)

“Okay, I’ll *   initial   * but not sign your After Earth DVD….. but only because you asked nicely AND claim to be holding one of my cats hostage.”

“Okay, I’ll *initial* but not sign your After Earth DVD….. but only because you asked nicely AND claim to be holding one of my cats hostage.”

(edited to add, with considerable embarrassment after what I wrote in the prior comments: Sophie Okonedo won Best Actress for ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ on the night)

(edited to add, with considerable embarrassment after what I wrote in the prior comments: Sophie Okonedo won Best Actress for ‘Antony and Cleopatra’ on the night)

“I like this backdrop. And I assume the bees I’m seeing are specially trained to be non-aggressive?”

“I like this backdrop. And I assume the bees I’m seeing are specially trained to be non-aggressive?”

“If you could just stop calling me “Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth” and instead as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Douglas Booth” I’m sure both of us will be a lot happier. Or at least I will be”

“If you could just stop calling me “Jupiter Ascending’s Douglas Booth” and instead as “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies’ Douglas Booth” I’m sure both of us will be a lot happier. Or at least I will be”

“You don’t know who I am? Well… that’s fine… but why aren’t you furiously googling my image like the guy behind me is - don’t you care?”

“You don’t know who I am? Well… that’s fine… but why aren’t you furiously googling my image like the guy behind me is - don’t you care?”

“No I don’t want to take you on in a staring contest, because I just BEAT you in the staring contest you didn’t even know we were having but i just won”  - Joely Richardson has been in (checks imdb) a lot of movies.    Snowden   ,    Anonymous   , and    The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo    among them.

“No I don’t want to take you on in a staring contest, because I just BEAT you in the staring contest you didn’t even know we were having but i just won” - Joely Richardson has been in (checks imdb) a lot of movies. Snowden, Anonymous, and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo among them.

While I don’t know who it is, I’m almost 75% certain I’ve photographed him before, with almost exactly this expression, at another premiere. I’d wake my website’s archivist and tell them to get on that, but they appear to be me and I’m busy typing. Damn.

While I don’t know who it is, I’m almost 75% certain I’ve photographed him before, with almost exactly this expression, at another premiere. I’d wake my website’s archivist and tell them to get on that, but they appear to be me and I’m busy typing. Damn.

“You remember me from that movie? Which one? There’ve kind of been a lot”  - Vanessa Redgrave’s career stretches back to … the NINETEEN FIFTIES. There’s an Oscar there, too.

“You remember me from that movie? Which one? There’ve kind of been a lot” - Vanessa Redgrave’s career stretches back to … the NINETEEN FIFTIES. There’s an Oscar there, too.

“Hi. Sorry, can’t come closer. The earrings are contagious, nothing at all to do with the warmth and free canapes inside the event… like…. AT ALL”

“Hi. Sorry, can’t come closer. The earrings are contagious, nothing at all to do with the warmth and free canapes inside the event… like…. AT ALL”

“I’m taking the fast lane in suckas…”  - Dame Shirley Bassey was one of only a few people who opted to enter the venue by the path that DIDN’T involve posing for the Paparazzi.

“I’m taking the fast lane in suckas…” - Dame Shirley Bassey was one of only a few people who opted to enter the venue by the path that DIDN’T involve posing for the Paparazzi.

“Seriously? And are you still hounding Tobey to sign that stuff too?”  - the previous incarnation of Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield has arrived. He won an award at last year’s ceremony, and was Oscar-nominated for his performance in “Hacksaw Ridge”.

“Seriously? And are you still hounding Tobey to sign that stuff too?” - the previous incarnation of Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield has arrived. He won an award at last year’s ceremony, and was Oscar-nominated for his performance in “Hacksaw Ridge”.

“I’m going for the ominous half-light, but you’ve gone full shadow. I’m kind of regretting my choice right now, Stan….”

“I’m going for the ominous half-light, but you’ve gone full shadow. I’m kind of regretting my choice right now, Stan….”

“I’m really not interested in your travel brochures, dude”  - it’s Ralph Fiennes! Perhaps still best known as Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga, I last photographed him at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, where he directed    “The White Crow”

“I’m really not interested in your travel brochures, dude” - it’s Ralph Fiennes! Perhaps still best known as Voldemort in the Harry Potter saga, I last photographed him at this year’s BFI London Film Festival, where he directed “The White Crow”

“Not exactly the camouflage backdrop I was hoping for, but it does smell nice, so thank you” (Edited to add : Ralph Fiennes won ‘Best Actor’ on the night for ‘Antony &amp; Cleopatra’)

“Not exactly the camouflage backdrop I was hoping for, but it does smell nice, so thank you”
(Edited to add : Ralph Fiennes won ‘Best Actor’ on the night for ‘Antony & Cleopatra’)

“You’re wearing a hoodie and want me to come over there and sign? Let me guess… at BEST you’re wearing Lynx Africa deodourant….”  - Christian Louboutin is a famed fashion designer. I believe his are the high heel shoes that have a red base underneath.

“You’re wearing a hoodie and want me to come over there and sign? Let me guess… at BEST you’re wearing Lynx Africa deodourant….” - Christian Louboutin is a famed fashion designer. I believe his are the high heel shoes that have a red base underneath.

“And you intend to SELL the autograph I’m about to provide? I’m… well, I’m hurt to learn that”  (edited to add : Jessica Barden)

“And you intend to SELL the autograph I’m about to provide? I’m… well, I’m hurt to learn that”
(edited to add : Jessica Barden)

“I think I’d rather stand here, either looking indifferent, imperious, or if absolutely necessary too frightened to come over there and sign…”  -one of this evening’s hosts - actor/director Idris Elba. I last photographed him at his    directorial debut “Yardie”    earlier this year.

“I think I’d rather stand here, either looking indifferent, imperious, or if absolutely necessary too frightened to come over there and sign…” -one of this evening’s hosts - actor/director Idris Elba. I last photographed him at his directorial debut “Yardie” earlier this year.

“Well… sure, that’s a good movie. But I wasn’t in it”  (edited to add : Ophelia Lovibond)

“Well… sure, that’s a good movie. But I wasn’t in it” (edited to add : Ophelia Lovibond)

“it’s going to take more than a wristband to stop me, lady”  - it’s hard to believe that the last time I photographed Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber he was seated in a cherry picker while James Corden, dressed as a cat, danced on the road in front of Fleet Street traffic. Harder to believe I didn’t do a whole journal entry around it, or tell my therapist about it come to think of it.

“it’s going to take more than a wristband to stop me, lady” - it’s hard to believe that the last time I photographed Lord Andrew Lloyd-Webber he was seated in a cherry picker while James Corden, dressed as a cat, danced on the road in front of Fleet Street traffic. Harder to believe I didn’t do a whole journal entry around it, or tell my therapist about it come to think of it.

I don’t know who this is, but the pose is definitely Ace, as kids in Australia in the late 1980s used to say. I’m bringing it back. Please tell me I’m the first to try to bring it back….  (edited to add : she’s Lady Kitty Spencer)

I don’t know who this is, but the pose is definitely Ace, as kids in Australia in the late 1980s used to say. I’m bringing it back. Please tell me I’m the first to try to bring it back…. (edited to add : she’s Lady Kitty Spencer)

I don’t know who this is but I took a gamble and decided the look on her face meant it was more dangerous NOT to photograph her than photograph her.  (edited to add : She’s Daisy Lewis)

I don’t know who this is but I took a gamble and decided the look on her face meant it was more dangerous NOT to photograph her than photograph her. (edited to add : She’s Daisy Lewis)

“I’m not going over there to sign, I’m going over there for vengeance” ”But there’ll be witnesses!” ”I’m counting on it”  Ellie Bamber is possibly best known for being in    Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”   … I think?

“I’m not going over there to sign, I’m going over there for vengeance”
”But there’ll be witnesses!”
”I’m counting on it”

Ellie Bamber is possibly best known for being in Tom Ford’s “Nocturnal Animals”… I think?

“Take your time. I’ve lost all feeling in my legs already….”

“Take your time. I’ve lost all feeling in my legs already….”

Although she’s pretty, I’m more inclined to think that Suki Waterhouse is a franchise rather than a specific individual person : she looks different every time I photograph her (eg.    Pride &amp; Prejudice &amp; Zombies   ,    Love Rosie   …)

Although she’s pretty, I’m more inclined to think that Suki Waterhouse is a franchise rather than a specific individual person : she looks different every time I photograph her (eg. Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Love Rosie…)

“She’s in White and I’m in Black…. so unless one of you is wearing grey, or blue, or grey and blue we’re definitely the most stylish ones here”  - it’s (designer) Stella McCartney!

“She’s in White and I’m in Black…. so unless one of you is wearing grey, or blue, or grey and blue we’re definitely the most stylish ones here” - it’s (designer) Stella McCartney!

“Hey, weren’t you in that movie that launched and buried the Dark Universe Franchise?” ”I was in it in the sense that the sky was in it, and so was the ground, and so was ENGLAND”  Annabelle Walls was indeed in the Tom Cruise movie “The Mummy”. It had a decent soundtrack.. but that’s possibly about it.

“Hey, weren’t you in that movie that launched and buried the Dark Universe Franchise?”
”I was in it in the sense that the sky was in it, and so was the ground, and so was ENGLAND”

Annabelle Walls was indeed in the Tom Cruise movie “The Mummy”. It had a decent soundtrack.. but that’s possibly about it.

When you take a photo like this, you can delete it, you can bury it, you can decide not to post it… or you can just kind of upload it and suggest that getting on the bad side (or possibly very GOOD side) of Stella McCartney might be risky.

When you take a photo like this, you can delete it, you can bury it, you can decide not to post it… or you can just kind of upload it and suggest that getting on the bad side (or possibly very GOOD side) of Stella McCartney might be risky.

I don’t know who this is, but one of the autograph dealers wished him good luck on the night, so perhaps he’s an actor, UFC fighter, or just a stylishly dressed member of the catering staff. It’s hard to say.. .I’m not good with cynicism.  (subsequently identified as : Colin Morgan, nominated for Best Actor for ‘Translations’)

I don’t know who this is, but one of the autograph dealers wished him good luck on the night, so perhaps he’s an actor, UFC fighter, or just a stylishly dressed member of the catering staff. It’s hard to say.. .I’m not good with cynicism. (subsequently identified as : Colin Morgan, nominated for Best Actor for ‘Translations’)

“We had to do things to the car to make the outfit fit… and I don’t regret it for a moment”  - the last arrival I photographed before charging to the nearest tube : Rita Ora.

“We had to do things to the car to make the outfit fit… and I don’t regret it for a moment” - the last arrival I photographed before charging to the nearest tube : Rita Ora.

So… that was that. I can’t wait to come back tomorrow and add to this journal, inserting all the winners and making it look like I knew who they were.

Until then!

Postscript : Okay, now that I’ve had a chance to do some “research” and figure who won awards, I can sheepishly add the following particularly important people I missed entirely on my first go around:

I’m actually very pleased I photographed Natasha Gordon, who won ‘Most Promising Playwright’ on the night. I think I took all of half a dozen shots of her before I got distracted by Simon West, who ironically I also did not recognise.

I’m actually very pleased I photographed Natasha Gordon, who won ‘Most Promising Playwright’ on the night. I think I took all of half a dozen shots of her before I got distracted by Simon West, who ironically I also did not recognise.

I took all of about ten photos (at… erm… 10 frames per second) of Rosalie Craig, who I now know won the award for Best Musical Performance for ‘Company’, before I got distracted by Anna Wintour for about 150 frames.

I took all of about ten photos (at… erm… 10 frames per second) of Rosalie Craig, who I now know won the award for Best Musical Performance for ‘Company’, before I got distracted by Anna Wintour for about 150 frames.

If this is Matthew Lopez, he won Best Play for ‘The Inheritance’ on the night, and I took just two (2) semi-sharp photos of him between several hundred shots of actresses Letitia Wright and Fiona Shaw.

If this is Matthew Lopez, he won Best Play for ‘The Inheritance’ on the night, and I took just two (2) semi-sharp photos of him between several hundred shots of actresses Letitia Wright and Fiona Shaw.

Oh dear. I think this is one of those things I should sweep under the metaphorical carpet rather than admit to. The purple blur in the background? That’s the dress of Best Director Marianne Elliott for ‘Company’. What’s worse is that I sacrificed that shot for the front-left silhouette of actress Fiona Shaw, who looks like she has an insanely wide head (in fact, it’s a second person, walking alongside her)

Oh dear. I think this is one of those things I should sweep under the metaphorical carpet rather than admit to. The purple blur in the background? That’s the dress of Best Director Marianne Elliott for ‘Company’. What’s worse is that I sacrificed that shot for the front-left silhouette of actress Fiona Shaw, who looks like she has an insanely wide head (in fact, it’s a second person, walking alongside her)

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