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Jagger Rocks at British Film Awards


During commercial breaks of Sunday night's Grammy Awards, I headed over to BBCAmerica to catch taped coverage of the British Academy Film Awards.

And guess who popped up at the end to announce the winner of the best picture?

None other than Mick Jagger, who got a kick out of being miscast. He joked that he was part of the movie star, rock star exchange program.

"Tonight," said the Rolling Stone legend, "Sir Ben Kingsley will be singing 'Brown Sugar' (a Stones song) at the Grammys.

He added that Dame Judy Dench was somewhere in the United States "trashing hotel rooms" and concluded by saying that he hoped "Sir Brad and all the Pitt family will be performing 'The Sound of Music' in Britain shortly.

Then he gave out the best picture award to "Slumdog Millionaire," which oddly enough had been beaten out earlier as best British film by a documentary, "Man on Wire."

One of the night's unscripted "highlights" came courtesy of Mickey Rourke after he won as best actor for "The Wrestler." He threw out a few joyous expletives, which were bleeped out. ABC should be prepared to have its censors ready in two weeks at the Academy Awards just in case Rourke wins again.

If you caught any of the British film show, what did you think of it?

-- Alan Pergament 

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