Richard E. Grant will host the BAFTA Film Awards for the first time.
The star, who was nominated for BAFTAs and Oscars for his supporting role in 2018 Can you ever forgive me but is perhaps best-loved in the UK for his first performance as an alcoholic, jobless actor in a 1987 cult classic Withnail & mewill oversee the debates on stage during the ceremony on February 19 at the Royal Festival Hall in London, where the awards are transferred after several years to the Royal Albert Hall.
“I feel extremely privileged to be hosting the BAFTA EEs for the first time and the opportunity to celebrate the best of this year’s extraordinary lineup of films,” said Grant, who would do well to beat the headlines generated by the 2022 host Rebel Wilson. Also a BAFTA debutant, the Aussie actress ensured the ceremony looked a lot less sedate than usual by giving Vladimir Putin the middle finger and digging at JK Rowling, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.
Meanwhile, as part of a revitalized awards format aimed at boosting its ratings, British presenter Alison Hammond has been announced as the host of a new BAFTA studio, aiming to give viewers an “experience access to all areas” of the ceremony. Film critic Ali Plump and TV host Vick Hope will present on the BAFTAs red carpet ahead of the ceremony.
“We are fortunate to have a fantastic roster of hosts for our EE BAFTA Film Awards 2023, all of whom exude wit, charm and warmth,” said BAFTA Chief Executive Jane Milichip, for whom the This year’s awards mark his first at the helm. from the British Academy who took office at the end of 2022.
“I can’t wait to see Richard E. Grant take the stage. Much loved by our home audience, Richard also inspires immense respect from his industry peers. And I can’t think of anyone better to complement Richard’s sharp mind and lead our brand new BAFTA studio than Alison Hammond, with her brilliantly entertaining and candid interview style. On the red carpet, Ali Plumb and Vick Hope have mastered the art of capturing the excitement and anticipation of the build-up to the ceremony. The EE BAFTA Film Awards are at the heart of BAFTA’s mission to recognize outstanding storytelling and the immensely talented people who bring these stories to the big screen, inspiring both audiences and future filmmakers.
The nominations for the BAFTA films will be revealed on January 19 at midday UK time, with Hayley Atwell and Toheeb Jimoh revealing the names via a global livestream.
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