Rebel Wilson proved to be an unexpected hit at the BAFTA AWARDS on Sunday night February 2, with a hilarious speech which included a joke about the lack of female nominees.
The Australian actress took to the stage at London's Royal Albert Hall to present the gong to eventual winner Sam Mendes for 1917, but not before she had her say on a few headline-hitting topics.
“It really is great to be here at the Royal Andrew– I mean the Royal Harry, no sorry – Royal Phil – ah, at this royal palace,” Rebel began, as she made a cheeky reference to the royal scandal involving Prince Andrew's involvement with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, and Prince Harry's decision to leave his position as a senior member of the British royal family.
She went on to poke fun at the box office flop that was Cats, in which she starred, as she joked her two-tone outfit was in keeping with the BAFTAs sustainability approach.
“The red is from that one time I didn’t win Miss Australia, and the black is from a funeral I just went to for the feature film Cats," she laughed, before continuing: "Cats. Strangely not nominated for any awards. I’m not sure if everyone here is across the controversy but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines. Yep, even in this best director ‘cat’-egory, no felines have been nominated. It’s really shocking."
Rebel then touched upon the much talked about topic of the lack of female nominees in the Best Director category - despite Greta Gerwig and Lorene Scafaria expected to have earned nods.
After naming all five male nominees, Rebel said: "I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do. Honestly, I just don’t have the balls."