There will be at least one duffle coat amid the fancy frocks and smart suits on the Bafta red carpet after the film version of Paddington picked up two nominations.
Its hero – the marmalade sandwich-loving bear from “darkest Peru” who was adopted by the Brown family – tweeted: “I almost spilt my cocoa when Mr Brown told me my film has been nominated for two #EEBAFTAs, Best British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay.”
The film, which stars Ben Whishaw as the voice of the famous bear, caused a stir last year when it was given a Parental Guidance certificate – much to the surprise of its creator.
The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) posted the rating on its website, saying there was “dangerous behaviour, mild threat, mild sex references (and) mild bad language” in the film.
It said “infrequent scenes of dangerous behaviour” included Paddington hiding in a fridge, while “mild threat” was seen when a villain “threatens to kill and stuff” the famous bear.
Among the “mild sex references” is a “comic sequence in which a man disguised as a woman is flirted with by another man”.
Michael Bond, 88, the author of the popular books, who makes a cameo appearance in the film, told the Daily Mail: “I’m totally amazed.”
“I’d be very upset. I might not sleep well tonight. I can’t imagine what the sex references are. It doesn’t enter into it with the books, certainly,” he said.
Ben replaced Colin Firth in the live-action film, which also features starring roles for Hugh Bonneville, Peter Capaldi and Nicole Kidman.
The BBFC later had amended its guidance for the film after the distributor asked it to reconsider.
Changes to guidelines last year resulted in the body being tougher on bad language at the U level as a result of public consultations.