Champagne Taittinger and Villa Maria wines from New Zealand, official partners to BAFTA, were on hand to help the stars celebrate on the night
Boyhood was named Best Film with Richard Linklater winning Director and Patricia Arquette receiving the award for Supporting Actress last night at the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House. The Theory of Everything also picked up three awards for Adapted Screenplay, Outstanding British Film and Leading Actor for Eddie Redmayne. Other winners included Julianne Moore who received the Leading Actress award for Still Alice and Wes Anderson won the Original Screenplay BAFTA for The Grand Budapest Hotel. Mike Leigh was awarded the Academy Fellowship, BAFTA's highest accolade, in recognition of his outstanding and exceptional contribution to film.
Champagne Taittinger, official Champagne Partner to the British Academy for the 13th year running, once again added extra sparkle to the proceedings, not least through the very elegant attendance of Vitalie Taittinger wearing luxurious YOKO (Official Jewellery Partner to the Event) pearl jewellery at the Awards Ceremony. Vitalie is the Marketing Director at Champagne Taittinger and daughter of Managing Director, Pierre Emmanuel Taittinger.
Special BAFTA labelled Magnums and 75cl bottles of Champagne Taittinger Brut Réserve were produced for the awards. A bottle was also included in the gift bags, given to all nominees and presenters. Taittinger is one of the few premium Champagne houses to remain owned and actively managed by the named family. It is proud to support the work of BAFTA to acknowledge and encourage the highest achievements in film and television.
As New Zealand’s most awarded winery for more than 30 years, Villa Maria makes a very fitting Wine Partner to the Academy. Guests at the glamorous awards dinner enjoyed the delicious Villa Maria Private Bin Sauvignon Blanc 2014, which perfectly complimented the Terrine of Roasted and Smoked Salmon with Avocado and Crab Salad starter and the Villa Maria Private Bin Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2012, which made a mouth-watering match with the Trio of Beef main course.