Wrong Actress’s Name Was Called at BAFTAs for Best Supporting Actress in Totally Understandable Mix-Up

There was a winner mix-up at the British Academy Film Awards (AKA the BAFTAs), and Carey Mulligan handled it like a total pro.

Over the weekend, the 76th annual awards show took place at the Royal Festival Hall in London. During the ceremony, Mulligan was announced as the winner of Best Supporting Actress for She Said. However, she didn’t win the award.

Due to a miscommunication issue, Mulligan’s name was accidentally called instead of the real winner, Kerry Condon (The Banshees of Inisherin). It didn’t take long for the mistake to be corrected, with the statuette going to Condon. (FYI, the mix-up was removed from the television broadcast.)

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In an interview with Variety, BAFTAs producer Nick Bullen explained what happened. He noted that there were two sign language interpreters—one American, and one British—plus one translator. Somehow, the winner wasn’t translated correctly.

“It was just a very unfortunate translation issue,” he told the outlet. “[Troy Kotsur, the presenter] was signing in [American Sign Language]. And on stage we had someone with him signing in [British Sign Language]. And on the floor was someone with a mic translating the sign language to speech. And it was a very unfortunate mistranslation that played out.”

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Bullen continued, “It was just one of those–Kerry Condon and Carey Mulligan. Somewhere in the signing translation, pardon the pun, something was lost in translation, which was incredibly unfortunate. But I thought Carey Mulligan was incredibly gracious and handled it brilliantly. She understood it was one of those very unfortunate moments that no one could have predicted.”

On the bright side, this will probably never happen again.

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Greta Heggeness is a California-based editor at PureWow and has been writing about entertainment since 2015. She covers everything from awards shows to exclusive celebrity...