Comedian Paul O'Grady was the final presenter at last night’s 30th annual Laurence Olivier Awards (See News, 26 Feb 2006) but, despite the lateness of the hour, he took his time making his announcement. He had some things he wanted to get off his chest first. “Why is the food always crap at these dos?” he wailed before suggesting that guests should have been warned to eat something first. However, he took umbrage at a warning that was issued to him. Apparently, to spare any feelings, none of the presenters are meant to use the word “winner” in their introductions. The preferred phrase after a category’s nominations are read out is “and the award goes to…” But O’Grady opted to ditch that in favour of a loud declaration that Billy Elliot was indeed “the winner” of the evening’s ultimate award of Best New Musical.