Paddington picks up Bafta nods

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.

Paddington picks up Bafta nods

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.

Paddington picks up Bafta nods

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.

More in this Section

Jennifer Aniston says more #MeToo revelations ‘will come to the surface’Jennifer Aniston says more #MeToo revelations ‘will come to the surface’

Leah Bracknell’s widower says his ‘heart is truly broken’ after actress’s deathLeah Bracknell’s widower says his ‘heart is truly broken’ after actress’s death

Noel Gallagher: Liam and I wouldn’t have got anywhere without each otherNoel Gallagher: Liam and I wouldn’t have got anywhere without each other

Jennifer Aniston jokes she ‘woke up like this’ as she shares photoshoot imageJennifer Aniston jokes she ‘woke up like this’ as she shares photoshoot image


Lifestyle

Carol O’Callaghan continues her round-up of home interior shops in country towns and the outer reaches of our cities, finding more treasure troves which offer something new and a touch of exclusivityMade in Munster: The best interior shops in country towns

When the Irish Examiner broke the news that an ultra-inquisitive deer photobombed newlyweds at Killarney’s Ladies View the story went viral.Wedding of the Week: Time for Australian celebrations for bride and groom photobombed by deer

At the start of the 10th and final episode of Confronting: OJ Simpson, a series which has been downloaded over five million times since launching in June, host Kim Goldman is in tears, talking to her father about how strong he was through the murder of her brother, his son,Ron Goldman.Podcast Corner: Host relives brother’s death in famous case

Thomas McCarthy pays tribute to his late friend — poet and journalist Seán Dunne'Seán Dunne was one of the most loved people I ever knew'

More From The Irish Examiner