Nigella Lawson is up for a BAFTA award after her hilarious pronunciation of microwave went viral

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Just when we thought life couldn’t get weirder, Nigella Lawson and her unique pronunciation of the word “microwave” are in the running for a BAFTA award. Yes, we’re being serious.

The TV chef’s crowning moment came during an episode of her latest home cooking show called Cook, Eat, Repeat. The show features Nigella doing what she does best – seducing audiences with the scrumptious simplicity of easy to cook and even easier to eat meals.

One such feast was a delicious brown butter colcannon, as Nigella mashed up some potatoes and mixed in a hefty helping of butter and veg. Everyone knows that all good mash needs a splash of milk, and the possible award-winning moment came when Nigella explained how she’d heated hers.

“I’m aiming for quite a solid mash at this stage, but I still need a bit of milk – full fat – which I’ve warmed in the mee-cro-wah-vay,” she directed.

Say what, Nigella? Everyone was in fits at her baffling pronunciation of the relatively simple word, “microwave.”

A barrage of memes and a true social media frenzy followed in its wake, with one fan going as far as to say: "The way @Nigella_Lawson just pronounced 'microwave' is a defining moment of 2020."

Plus, the woman of the hour has frequently commented on it, confirming that she does in fact know how to pronounce “microwave.”

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Responding to confused viewers, the 61-year-old clarified: “Well, I do say it like that, but not because that’s how I think it’s actually pronounced. I don’t know. A camp joke that becomes habit.”

The iconic moment quickly went viral and is now up for the Virgin Media Must-Stee Moment BAFTA award.

Sharing the news, TV critic Scott Bryan said: “I can’t believe I am tweeting this. Nigella Lawson calling a microwave a 'micro-wav-ay”'has today been nominated for BAFTA TV ‘Must-See’ Award.”

To which Nigella responded: “The world’s gone mad!”

However, we’re inclined to agree with presenter Greg James who asserted: “I don’t know why there’s any sort of surprise at this being nominated. It’s the only good thing that’s happened in the last 12 months.”

Other nominees include: Penelope being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton, Luke Skywalker’s appearance in The Mandalorian, Diversity’s Black Lives Matter dance on Britain’s Got Talent and Gogglebox’s response to Boris Johnson’s pandemic press conference.

It’s fair to say that Nigella is up against some pretty stiff competition. However, considering this award is decided by the public vote, she could be in with a chance of scooping the BAFTA.

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