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Benedict Cumberbatch says he hopes to take in Ukrainian refugees

BEnedikt Cumberbatch has said he wants to take in Ukrainian refugees as celebrities at the Baftas condemned the Russian invasion. Stars have called on the UK government to take in refugees, with celebrity chef Delia Smith, Stephen Fry and talk show host Graham Norton calling for the refugees from war-torn Ukraine to be taken in.

Cumberbatch, who lost the best actor award for his starring role in The Dog’s Power, has announced he will be taking in refugees from Ukraine as he has urged the government to do more. The star, who sported a flag of Ukraine on his tuxedo as he walked the red carpet, said: “We all, as we know, have to do more than just wear a badge.

“We have to donate, we have to pressure our politicians to create some kind of … a safety and a place of refuge for people who are suffering. Everyone has to do as much as possible. There has been a record number of people who have volunteered to bring people into their homes and I hope to be a part of that myself.”

His comments came after Michael Gove called for the mansions of UK-based oligarchies to be opened to refugees from Ukraine amid the announcement of a Homes for Ukraine scheme. This scheme would allow Brits to offer people fleeing Ukraine rent-free accommodation for a monthly fee of £350 from the government. Recently divorced Mr Gove said he is trying to see “what I can do” in relation to the crisis.

The Baftas were politicized by pre-prize protests when environmental campaigners demanded the UK ‘Stop Oil Now’ rush the London street reserved for the limousines of celebrity guests. Torches the color of the Ukrainian flag were hurled near the Royal Albert Hall as protesters outside the Bafta site were attacked by police.

While Cumberbatch was set to win the best actor award at the annual ceremony, actor and former music star Will Smith took the gong for his role in King Richard – a biographical study of the tennis-playing Williams sisters and their father.

Cumberbatch’s film The Power of the Dog won Best Picture and its director, Jane Campion, received Best Director.

Elsewhere, history was made when actor Troy Kotsur became the first deaf star to win a major category at the Baftas for his role in CODA, which focuses on the deaf community in Massachusetts.

The evening passed largely without controversy, despite the stated intention of the host, comedian Rebel Wilson, who had vowed not to take prisoners with indecent royal jokes at the ceremony, which is usually attended by representatives of the royal family.

It was feared the Australian comedian would follow British MC Ricky Gervais’ pattern in making harsh jibes at the celebrities in attendance. But Wilson only briefly referred to Prince Andrew, who has been implicated in claims of having sexual contact with Virginia Roberts, when she spoke on Pizza Express.

Wilson also spoke about the horror genre in the film industry, and quipped, “Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah was tough. But unfortunately it wasn’t nominated in that category.” However, there were no royals at the Albert Hall to be offended. The Duke of Cambridge instead offered a pre-recorded video message congratulating the nominees.

The current jokes weren’t just limited to the royal family, Wilson also referred to Harry Potter author JK Rowling, who has become a prominent voice when it comes to raising concerns about transgender issues. Wilson joked that she’d lost weight and hoped this “transformation” was acceptable to the writer, who has been criticized for condemning laws that would allow people to self-identify as the desired gender.

Here are the awards as they happened.

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