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Jim Carrey and Cate Blanchett Get Political at the British Academy Britannia Awards

Politics and gloom dominated the British Academy Britannia Awards. Awards for Excellence were presented to Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen, Marvel producer Kevin Feige, television star Damian Lewis (“Billions”), and British Artist of the Year Emilia Clarke (“Game of Thrones”). But the night belonged to Cate Blanchett and an incendiary Jim Carrey, who both didn't shy away from bringing up politics.

“We have to acknowledge we are all fucked up and turn around and give each other a hug,” said Blanchett as the black-tie diners in the Beverly Hilton ballroom set down their wine glasses and embraced each other.

Carrey went much further with his outrage at the current political climate. “I’m glad it didn’t come in the mail,” he said, waving his Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence in Comedy. “Without empathy, this character wouldn’t have existed, and without empathy, we won’t either.” He added, “Shamelessness is not and never will be a superpower” and thanked Christine Blasey Ford and Colin Kaepernick. “We have capitalism without a conscience…kidnapping children is not what great nations do!”

I felt really proud of these artists for not being afraid to speak up about important issues going on the world. They were focused making the audience "comfortable." I will also post Carrey's full speech.