Harrison Ford makes his much-anticipated return to the Star Wars franchise this December, as Han Solo in JJ Abrams’ massively hyped The Force Awakens. Steven Spielberg, meanwhile, wishes the actor would reprise another legendary role.
In a taped speech at Friday’s 2015 British Academy Britannia Awards in Beverly Hills, where Ford was on hand to receive the Albert R Broccoli Britannia award for worldwide contribution to entertainment, Spielberg directly addressed the actor: “I can’t wait to work with you on Indiana Jones 5. This is not an announcement, just my fervent hope.”
In accepting the Bafta Los Angeles award from Abrams, who appeared in person to pay tribute to the film star, Ford didn’t address Spielberg’s call to action. Instead, he kept it humble, by saying he didn’t prepare anything to say (“I could barely get dressed,” he joked), and thanking everyone – including Carrie Fisher and George Lucas – who took part in a touching filmed tribute that preceded his speech.
“I really wanted to be an actor because I could not imagine myself having a real job and I thought it would be nice to live the lives of many other people, to tell stories, to share emotion,” Ford said. “Film has given power, grace, imagination and wisdom to things I have had that opportunity to do. I am very grateful for the life I have had … I’m humbled.”
Equally earnest, surprisingly, was British comedian James Corden, who transplanted from London just over a year ago to host The Late Late Show.
“It’s humiliating how emotional I feel,” he said after accepting the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year from Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who sang Corden’s praises. After calling for strong funding for the National Theater and the BBC, Corden teared up in addressing his wife: “She changed my life – and she’s so hot. There’s a camera on her, right? Look. She’s so beautiful. Thank God I’m funny.”
On the opposite end of the spectrum was Trainwreck star Amy Schumer, who used her platform to perform a killer comedy routine that touched on everything from anal sex to Hitler.
In introducing Schumer as the recipient of the Charlie Chaplin Britannia award for excellence in comedy, Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane joked that “Amy’s vagina is like Benghazi”, prompting many to gasp in the audience. Then came his punchline: “A few years ago, no one knew it existed.”
After taking to the stage and surveying the crowd, Schumer said: “We work so hard to look so pretty for men, but you guys are disgusting. You put the most sensitive part of your body where we shit. And we’re like, ‘Should I get French tips?’ No one cares! No one cares about your highlights.”
Schumer also confessed to being a huge Chaplin fan: “I am connected to him because he wrote most of his work and people also referred to him as a tramp, too.”
“I actually did not connect with Justin Bieber,” Bloom said onstage. “I do not know Kendall Jenner. But if anyone has her number, I’d love it.” Bloom was awarded the Britannia Humanitarian Award for his work with Unicef.
Meryl Streep, winner of the Stanley Kubrick award for excellence in film, received the night’s warmest applause.
“I am honored to receive this award that has been given to a distinguished group of men and … men, for a century,” she said to loud applause from the crowd. The suited actor then quipped: “I wore the right dress, didn’t I?”
This article was written by Nigel M Smith, for theguardian.com on Saturday 31st October 2015 18.42 Europe/Londonguardian.co.uk © Guardian News and Media Limited 2010