Kate Winslet and Ben Whishaw were among the winners at the BAFTA Television Awards in London on Sunday night, with the Oscar-winning actress using her acceptance speech to call for action against harmful content on social media.
Winslet was recognized for her portrayal of a mother of a teenager consumed by social media in “I am Ruth”, a mini-series in which she starred alongside her real-life daughter, Mia Threapleton.
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“I Am Ruth” was made... for families who feel that they are held hostage by the perils of the online world, for parents who wish they could still communicate with their teenagers but who no longer can,” Winslet said.
“And for young people who have become addicted to social media and its darker sides: this does not need to be your life. To people in power and to people who can make change: please, criminalize harmful content. Please eradicate harmful content. We don’t want it. We want our children back.”
Winslet also referenced Threapleton in her speech, saying: “If I could break it in half, I would give the other half to my daughter... we did this together kiddo.” Whishaw won for his portrayal of a doctor working in an obstetrics ward at a London hospital in the medical comedy-drama “This is Going to Hurt”, which is based on former doctor Adam Kay’s memoir.
"If I could cut this in half, I would give the other half to my daughter" ❤️— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 14, 2023
Kate Winslet accepts her Leading Actress BAFTA!#BAFTATVAwards with @pandocruises pic.twitter.com/x3tWx9k5Pw
Dublin-set “Bad Sisters” won the drama series categories as well as a supporting actress prize for Anne-Marie Duff. Best supporting actor went to Adeel Akhtar for the crime drama “Sherwood”.
The brilliant Ben Whishaw thanks his This Is Going To Hurt cast and crew as he accepts his Leading Actor BAFTA.#BAFTATVAwards with @pandocruises pic.twitter.com/9E2ZJQJp8Z— BAFTA (@BAFTA) May 14, 2023