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Rebel Wilson takes aim at Cats and all-male directing nominees at the Baftas

The Australian actress used her time on stage to lighten the mood.

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Rebel Wilson takes aim at Cats and all-male directing nominees at the Baftas (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebel Wilson takes aim at Cats and all-male directing nominees at the Baftas (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebel Wilson takes aim at Cats and all-male directing nominees at the Baftas (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebel Wilson had the Bafta audience in stitches as she poked fun at box office flop Cats, as well as coronavirus and the male-only directing category.

The actress, who presented the director award during the ceremony, used her time on stage to lighten the mood.

Wilson, 39, kicked off by joking about sustainability at the awards, claiming that her dress – a red and black number – was constructed from two she has previously worn.

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Rebel Wilson (Matt Crossick/PA)

Rebel Wilson (Matt Crossick/PA)

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Rebel Wilson (Matt Crossick/PA)

She said the red dress was from when she lost the Miss Australia pageant, and that the black half was from “the funeral I went to for the feature film Cats”.

Wilson, who appeared in the star-studded musical film alongside Sir Ian McKellen, Dame Judi Dench and Idris Elba, quipped that it was “strangely not nominated for any awards”.

“I’m not sure if anyone has been across the controversy, but this year there has been a distinct lack of nominations for felines,” she added, referring to the film’s poor performance at the box office and among critics.

“Even in this best director CAT-egory, no felines have been nominated.

“It’s really shocking, but at least I get to hold this Bafta for a moment.”

With a sigh, she held the mask-shaped award up to her face and said: “And wow, what a great way to stop yourself from getting coronavirus.”

Turning her attention to the director award, which was controversially comprised of only male nominees, she said: “I don’t think I could do what they do. I don’t think I have the balls.”

Wilson garnered huge applause from the audience for her pointed remark.

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Sir Sam Mendes (Ian West/PA)

Sir Sam Mendes (Ian West/PA)

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Sir Sam Mendes (Ian West/PA)

Her comment was reminiscent of Oscar nominations presenter Issa Rae, who quipped “congratulations to those men” after the all-male shortlist was announced.

It is the seventh year in a row that there has not been a single female director included in the category – the last time a woman was included was Kathryn Bigelow in 2013 for The Hurt Locker.

Sir Sam Mendes won the director gong for his war film 1917.

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