One wonders what Bruni will wear to the state banquet tonight, all eyes will be cast towards the pair, whose visit concludes tomorrow.
The aesthetically fabulous decor and costumes really assist with the authenticity of the production, and provide insight into live both below and under stairs.
I think the most powerful performances are from the women- Helen Mirren, Kristin Scott Thomas, Maggie Smith and Eileen Atkins. Their portrayals of their characters and problems are realistic and inspiring.
Perhaps as this film feels completely British to me is a selling point. What with actors such as Michael Gambon, Alan Bates, Emily Watson and Helen Mirren in leading roles as well as the setting of Syon House and the typically British shooting party, the film feels like a viewpoint into an era gone by.
The production well deserved its Oscar and Bafta wins and nominations, and I think it is a film that everyone should see, both for the design and the narrative.
Accepting her award, Scott Thomas thanked director Ian Rickson and playwright Christopher Hampton, who adapted Chekhov's The Seagull for the Royal Court. Speaking to Official London Theatre she added: "It’s fantastic. It’s just such a privilege to be able to play this part in the first place. Chekhov is the playwright I know best; I’ve only done four plays, so he’s the one I’ve most experience of. I love Chekov!"