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February 08, 2009

Jonathan Ross 'shaking like Christian Bale's PR'

By Mimi Turner

LONDON -- Recently rehabilitated star Jonathan Ross was warmly welcomed by the audience at this year's BAFTA film awards.

"Its an honor for me and a little bit of a surprise, to be honest," he told a packed Royal Opera House at he kicked off the Orange British Academy Film Awards.

"I'm a passionate fan of cinema, not so much of opera, but I am happy to be here in this beautiful building because it means they can't stage one while we are on."

But the star, who last month ended a three-month suspension from the BBC after making lewd phone calls to the actor Andrew Sachs, nonetheless confessed to some pre-match nerves.

"It's a nerve-wracking experience to be up here," he said. "Inside I'm shaking like Christian Bale's PR."


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I just hope that the Academy voters finally recognize and don't hold a bias towards blockbusters or popcorn flicks. It just continues to show how out of touch they are with the movie going public.

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