STEPHEN FRY, unparalleled host and bon viveur, is the best British award show host bar none! This year, impromptu and unscripted, he gently admonished two award-winning writers for incorrect grammar in their acceptance speeches. Top of the class Fry – two gold stars!
He opened with: “I find myself humbled, honoured and in the best sense paid to be here.” He then offered some great advice to the winners: “The briefer you are, the more we will caress and revere you.”
His two best introductions were saved, firstly, for Oprah Winfrey. “Her performance in The Butler was so good,” he said.”I almost gave mine the afternoon off!”. The second was for Jeremy Irons and the Duke of Cambridge who came on together. “For one of them this is the nearest he has ever got to being in The King and I,” he quipped. “For the other, this is the nearest he’s ever been to an iron! Please welcome, Jeremy Irons and his Royal Highness, Prince Will-I-am!”