The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced new details for this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards weekend to be held on April 10 and 11 at the Royal Albert Hall.
The awards ceremony, which is being shared for the first time in two years due to the pandemic, will feature all-star award winners, musical performances and special guest appearances during both evenings of BAFTA President, HRH Duke of Cambridge.
Exhibitors who will appear in person at the Royal Albert Hall include Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Phoebe Dynevor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo and Pedro Pascal.
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They will be joined by additional presenters who have been broadcast from studios in Los Angeles, including Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger.
All of the nominees will appear almost via video link, and no red carpet event will be held this year.
Here’s everything you need to know:
EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night
When: Saturday, April 10 from 8 p.m.
Where: On BBC Two and BBC Two HD
Host: Clara Amfo
Guest panel: Included are Rhianna Dhillon and Joanna Scanlan
Awards given: Casting, costume, makeup and hair, production design, sound, special visual effects, British short film and British short animation. Noel Clarke will also be awarded the prize for outstanding British contribution to cinema.
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Music performance: Nominated for supporting actor Leslie Odom Jr. he will sing Speak now from the movie One night in Miami.
Virtual conversation: Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, talks to triple-award-winning BAFTA costume designer Jenny Beavan and make-up and hair designer Sharon Martin about shooting in prison and craft creativity.
Behind the scene: The show will also include a detailed insight into the filmmaking process using behind-the-scenes footage from the nominated films to highlight craft categories.
When: Sunday, April 11 from 7 p.m.
Where: On BBC One and BBC One HD
Leaders: Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary
Awards given: 17 awards will be announced (including Best Picture, Best Actor, Actress, etc.), including the publicly announced EE Rising Star Award, with each nominee celebrating individually during the show. BAFTA will also honor Ang Lee with a scholarship.
Award winners: Asim Chaudhry, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Sophie Cookson, Phoebe Dynevor, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Cynthia Erivo, Hugh Grant, Richard E. Grant, Tom Hiddleston, Felicity Jones, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, James McAvoy, David Oyelowo, Pedro Pascal and Jonathan.
Virtual leaders from LA: Includes Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger.
Music performance: The British winner of the Celeste Award performs Hear my voice from the candidate for best film The Chicago Trial 7 as well as a duet Change is coming, shown in the film One night in Miami …, to be reported by Leslie Odom Jr. from Los Angeles and Corinne Bailey Rae in London.
Prince William: HRH Duke of Cambridge will appear for the second time on Sunday, giving a video speech celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year.
AR music performance: Liam Payne will perform the world’s first EE BAFTA AR musical performance, released live and in real time at 6.45pm via mobile phones, wherever people are in the UK. The experience will give fans a first look at Liam Payne’s AR, which will be shown using EE’s award-winning 5G network as a hologram on stage as part of Liam’s introductory performance on BBC One at 7pm BST.
Behind the scene: Clara Amfo will return as the official head of EE to interview the award winners at the Royal Albert Hall. Clara will also link up with the award winners almost as part of EE BAFTA’s ‘Winners’ Reaction ’. All content will be available exclusively on EE’s Twitter throughout the evening https://twitter.com/EE.
The program will also feature exclusive footage of long-awaited upcoming films that hit cinemas later this year.
Emma Baehr, executive director of awards and content at BAFTA, said: “We are delighted to have brought the BBC an entire weekend of the BAFTA program this year, where we will share our passion for arts and crafts and celebrate the best in film, together with our new exciting hosts, special guests and musical performances. “