Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender refused to publicly kiss at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards.
The couple have been dating on and off since late 2014 and had been expected to walk the red carpet together at the film event on Sunday night (14Feb16). Alicia and Michael instead chose to make their entrances separately and while they sat together inside London's Royal Opera House, they turned down the chance to smooch when they were focused on for the hilarious BAFTA 'Kiss Cam' segment of the show.
Host Stephen Fry had decided to reference the fact the awards was being held on Valentine's Day with the Kiss Cam - usually found at sports games. The camera was turned on couples who were then encouraged to share a peck for fans. Stanley Tucci got into the spirit by giving Cuba Gooding, Jr. a kiss, while Leonardo DiCaprio made Dame Maggie Smith's night by kissing her on the cheek. Julianne Moore and Bryan Cranston, and Rebel Wilson and Eddie Izzard, were also game for a laugh with their passionate embraces.
However, when it was Michael and Alicia in the spotlight, the couple point blank refused to pucker up.
The moment was deemed so awkward that BBC bosses decided to cut it out of the broadcast of the awards. That didn't stop guests at the event commenting on the blush-inducing situation, though.
Producer Debbie O'Donnell shared a picture of the pair looking thoroughly embarrassed by the Kiss Cam, captioning her picture: "Loving the #EEBAFTAs Kiss Cam. Michael Fassbender having none of it @LancomeUK."
Another user wrote on Twitter: "Michael and Alicia are both way too shy for kiss cam, I could see Michael's blush from here #BAFTAs", while someone else added: "BAFTA host Stephen Fry does Kiss Cam at ceremony - Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander won't do it.... #EEBAFTAs."
"Michael Fassbender refusing to play along with the BAFTA kiss cam - poor Alicia. Leonardo DiCaprio kissed Maggie Smith though. #EEBAFTAs," another Twitter comment read.