Clint Eastwood’s tete-a-tete with a chair at the Republican National Convention seems a distant memory now that the 2012 election is a wrap, but at BAFTA’s Brittania Awards in Los Angeles last night Daniel Day-Lewis sat invisible Obama down for an encore of sorts. Gesturing to an empty chair of his own, Day-Lewis, who received the Stanley Kubrick Award for Excellence in Acting from his Lincoln director Stephen Spielberg, said:
I have to say that I’m so extremely grateful and glad that — taking time out of his very busy schedule, the recently re-elected President of this country has made it here. I know as an Englishman, it’s absolutely none of my business, but I’m so very grateful it was you.
But his Rupert Murdoch zinger was even better:
I’m looking around at this room of distinguished guests and I feel slightly like the odd man out because I think I’m maybe the only British subject not to have had my phone hacked. It’s probably some sort of testament to the uneventful life that I lead. I don’t know where Rupert’s boys were when I staggered out of the S&M bar at five in the morning on old Kent road with a saddle strapped to my back and a Mussolini costume under it.
Can I get a cymbal crash?