Thankfully for Oscar Show ratings, while many races are seemingly locked in, the Best Actor and Best Actress race are not. This opens up an opportunity for each viral video clip, awards win, or high-profile in-depth interview to make a difference with Academy voters. Thus Meryl Streep and Jean Dujardin’s BAFTA wins Sunday drove forward Oscar momentum (see below).
Below, watch Streep winning the BAFTA, losing her shoe and kissing Prince Charming (presenter Colin Firth); then listen to her talk to NPR’s Fresh Air. Jean Dujardin accepts his BAFTA and auditions for every villain role in Hollywood (thanks to Funny or Die), and tap-dances on Saturday Night Live. Meanwhile Streep’s rival Viola Davis and her “The Help” co-star Octavia Spencer, who won the Supporting Actress BAFTA, dig into the state of things for African American thespians on the Tavis Smiley Show (below).