At Sunday evening’s virtual Baftas, British writing, directing and acting powerhouse Emerald Fennell scooped two gongs for her debut film: edgy MeToo revenge comedy and talking point du jour Promising Young Woman. Fennell, 35, is expecting her second child with her partner, film and advertising director Chris Vernon. On the night she won awards for Best Original Screenplay and Outstanding Film (while missing out on Best Film, Editing and Casting), we witnessed her resplendent in bridal white, enthroned in a palatial hotel room, clutching a melting chocolate Bafta. In her sensual, jolly-hockey-sticks contralto, our ecstatic-looking heroine declared herself overwhelmed, sweaty-palmed, and in need of a better speech. Expressing gratitude for everyone who conspired on this “labour of love,” for which they were paid a mere “packet of crisps,” she enthused: “I’d like to go to all of your houses and kiss you, which I obviously can’t for a number of reasons.” A nation swooned. Dogged by lockdown delay, the movie will finally be released in the United Kingdom next week on the Sky Cinema and NOW streaming platforms. Meanwhile, we’re waiting to hear which of its five Oscar nominations will come to fruition on April 25. With her debut feature, Fennell has become the first British woman to be nominated for the Oscar’s director prize, as part of an historic year in which two women – Fennell and Nomadland’s Chloé Zhao – are in the running for the first time. Together, they are only the sixth and seventh women to be shortlisted.