Bafta glory for Optimus Prime
MASSIVE CGI robot Optimus Prime was the big winner at last night’s Baftas, picking up Best Male Actor and Best Massive CGI Robot.
In his acceptance speech, Prime, 47, thanked director Michael Bay and his co-stars Megatron, Starscream and Ratchet. He also paid tribute to that one who turned into a C90 cassette, who was found dead in his hotel room last November.
The star and co-writer of Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon was presented with his best actor gong by Dame Helen Mirren, with whom he will appear in an all-Transformer Hollywood remake of The Artist.
His grating metallic voice audibly wobbling with emotion, the 300-ton combat robot made of pixels then delivered a powerful homage to the craft of robot filmmaking.
He sad: “This isn’t just an award for me, it’s a vote of confidence for the entire industry in the sheer power of film to excite and enthral, to entrance and seduce.
“For, although we are still, essentially, but humble players who strut and fret our hour, it is possible through the magic of celluloid to touch the hearts of millions.”
He then crushed the trophy in his colossal steel fist, turned into a truck and drove offstage.
Although securing two awards, Prime failed to win Best Robot Actor, which instead went to Cillian Murphy for the ninth year in a row.