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Rebel Wilson courts controversy at BAFTAs

Rebel Wilson sparked controversy while presenting an award at the Baftas on Sunday (14Feb16) by stating she's "been practising her transgender face" in the hopes of winning a prize.

The Australian star took to the stage at London's Royal Opera House to hand out the Best Supporting Actor gong. During her speech she poked fun at the ongoing issue of diversity in Hollywood, which has seen the upcoming Oscars critcised for the lack of black actors on its nominations list.


"I've never been to the Oscars, because as you know, they are racist," she is quoted as saying by EmpireOnline.com. "But BAFTA have diverse members and that's what we all want to see in life, isn't it? Diverse members. One day I hope to return here to win a BAFTA myself. I have already been practicing my transgender face."


Rebel also poked fun at BAFTA nominee Idris Elba's sex symbol status during her speech. He was in the running for the Best Supporting Actor gong for his role in Beasts of No Nation, and the comedienne explained she was finding it hard to be in the same room as the black movie star on Valentine's Day (14Feb16).


"Sorry, Idris Elba... You're making me a bit nervous," she said. "But I'm just psychologically programmed to want chocolate on Valentine's Day!"


After explaining her main job of the night was to "console the four losers" who missed out on the award, Rebel named Bridge of Spies' Mark Rylance as the winner. He beat out Benicio del Toro for Sicario, Christian Bale in The Big Short, Idris, and Mark Ruffalo in Spotlight, but wasn't there to claim his prize.