The Doctor Who and Carry On star was a notable absentee when the Baftas honoured those who had died in the past year.
"I think it’s incredibly unfair, to be frank," Baftas producer Nick Bullen said about the criticism of the Oscar-winner.
The Oscar winner name-checked all the female nominees at the awards show, which included the cryptic line, “Angela Bassett did the thing.”
We're not the only ones who can't get "Angela Bassett did the thing, Viola Davis my Woman King" out of their heads, right?
Former triathlete Lesley Paterson picked up her first win at the Baftas during Sunday night's ceremony.
The BBC made the decision not to include the incident in the final broadcast.
There was a lot of joy to be found at Sunday's Baftas. And sleeves.
The veteran actor won both a Bafta and an Oscar for her portrayal of the late monarch in 2006’s biographical drama, The Queen.
Who bagged a gong at the biggest night in the UK film industry's calendar?