BBC responds to "misjudged" controversial Andrew Scott interview

The BBC has deemed a reporter's question to actor Andrew Scott at last week's BAFTA Film Awards as "misjudged".

The corporation shared a statement today (February 23) following complaints over BBC journalist Colin Paterson's line of questioning during a red-carpet chat with Scott before the ceremony. The actor was in attendance for his film All of Us Strangers, which was nominated in six categories.

Paterson asked Scott about his familiarity with fellow actor Barry Keoghan, and his opinion on whether "prosthetics" were used for his final scene in the BAFTA-nominated film Saltburn, which sees Keoghan dance naked around a stately home to the tune of Sophie Ellis-Bextor's 'Murder on the Dancefloor'.

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"Our question to Andrew Scott was meant to be a light hearted reflection of the discussion around the scene and was not intended to cause offence," said the BBC in its response, confirming that artist Ellis-Bextor and Saltburn's writer and director Emerald Fennell were also asked about the subject.

"We do, however, accept that the specific question asked to Andrew Scott was misjudged," the statement continued.

"After speaking with Andrew on the carpet, our reporter acknowledged on air that his questioning may have gone too far and that he was sorry if this was the case."

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Patterson began by asking if Scott knew Keoghan "well", to which he replied: "I know Barry, yeah."

In response to his thoughts on the Saltburn ending, a visibly uncomfortable Scott said that he didn't wish to "spoil" the film for viewers.

In his follow-up, the journalist asked Scott his view on the "talk about prosthetics", and again asked "how well" he knows Keoghan. The Fleabag star politely walked away.

Neither Saltburn nor All of Us Strangers walked away with an award at the BAFTAs, despite their numerous nominations.

The biggest winner of the night proved to be the Christopher Nolan-directed film Oppenheimer which bagged seven awards in total, including Best Film and Best Director.

Actors Cillian Murphy and Robert Downey Jr also walked away with the awards for Best Leading Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

The BAFTA Film Awards 2024 is available to watch back on BBC iPlayer now.

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