After Sunday’s gala Bafta Awards ceremony, approximately 2,000 guests, including cast and crew on all the nominated films, headed to Grosvenor House Hotel in London for the dinner and after party. For the past 16 years, designer and artist Amanda Davies has been tasked with decorating the room for the post-awards dinner, which includes the creation of a series of elaborate table settings, themed around the nominations for Best Film.
This year’s nominations were The Revenant (which won on the night), The Big Short, Carol, Bridge of Spies and Spotlight. The list was revealed in early January, giving Davies just over a month to devise her designs for the event. “We’re always in the same venue, so you have to keep rethinking and rethinking to create a spectacle to come into,” she told me last week. “My background is as an installation artist, so I want to create something other than just a dining table experience – we create a spectacle in the room by building sculptures on all the tables, and try to create an environment within the space.”
The table sculptures are all between six and nine feet tall, and this year were lit internally, with various small scenes within the sculptures highlighted with lights. “Although they’re all very different films, all five have to sit together as a set on the tables,” Davies explains. “Normally even if I think of something