One of the things that always interests me around major awards shows are the spin-off events that take place in the days before.
This year’s British Academy Film Awards are no exception. Having already hosted an Inaugural Gala Film Dinner on Thursday, tonight BAFTA takes over Kensington Palace for its annual Nominees Party.
It’s a new venue for the event, which has previously been held at Asprey’s in Bond Street. Let’s hope if Prince George is at home, mum and dad have got him safely tucked up in bed – although I do love the thought of little George wanting to party with the nominees.
Tomorrow there’s the official afterparty following the Awards themselves. BAFTAs guests with be taken from the Royal Opera House down to the Grosvenor House Hotel (usually in mini-buses if you’re not one of the glamorous few). There the great and the good of the British film industry, and David Beckham, will be invited to dine on terrine of roasted smoked salmon, Roast sweet potato, red onion and Taleggio tart and iced cacao nib parfait with 90% hacienda chocolate mousse milk purée and kirsch soaked cherries. Sounds lovely!
So not only are the stars given shiny awards, they get to party with a Prince, eat lovely food and generally be feted over by all and sundry. Gosh it must be a hard life!