The news just keeps on coming! The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced this year’s hosts and further details of two shows celebrating and rewarding filmmaking excellence across the Film Awards Weekend of 10 and 11 April 2021. For the first time ever, BAFTA has the opportunity to present awards across the weekend, with both shows broadcast on the BBC.
Clara Amfo will host the EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night, airing on Saturday 10 April on BBC Two and BBC Two HD. Clara will be joined by a panel of guests, to be announced. Using behind the scenes footage from the nominated films to explore the creative process, audiences will get a fascinating, in-depth look at these expert crafts. The programme gives BAFTA a unique opportunity to showcase all aspects of the filmmaking process while eight BAFTA winners will be revealed on the night. BAFTA will also celebrate the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema recipient, who will be at the Royal Albert Hall for the only in-person Awards-giving moment.
On Sunday 11 April, Clara, as the official EE presenter, will interview other BAFTA presenters from the Royal Albert Hall. Through the magic of technology, Clara will also be connecting with Award recipients virtually as part of EE BAFTA’s ‘Winner Reactions’. All content will be available exclusively on EE’s Twitter throughout the evening of Sunday 11April!
Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary will host the second night of the EE British Academy Film Awards, airing on Sunday 11 April on BBC One and BBC One HD, which celebrates the very best in British and International talent. Edith and Dermot, who for several years have hosted BAFTA’s live red carpet show, will be joined by a small group of Awards presenters at the Royal Albert Hall, as well as additional presenters joining from Los Angeles. All nominees will join the show virtually alongside a virtual audience. 17 awards will be announced, including the public-voted EE Rising Star Award (find out more here) and the Fellowship, BAFTA’s highest honour.
The programme will also highlight British film, as well as giving audiences an exciting sneak peak at the year ahead as cinemas around the world begin to re-open. Each nominee for the EE Rising Star Award will be celebrated individually during the show. There will also be musical performances, with further details to follow.
EE BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night and the EE British Academy Film Awards will be broadcast in over 160 territories around the world. Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA, said:
“We’re thrilled that we have two programmes for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards for the very first time this year, in which we’ll showcase our nominees and reveal the winners. To help us celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking in more depth we’ll be joined by three hosts – Clara Amfo on Saturday and Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman on Sunday. I hope our audiences are just as excited as we are for the BAFTA weekend on the BBC.”
Marc Samuelson, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee, added:
“It has been an extremely tough year for everyone, including for cinemas and for the film industry, so we are looking forward to some fun, and a celebration of great talent across the weekend. The industry and film lovers are coming together to shine a spotlight on the creativity and craft behind the 50 nominated films, and to recognise and celebrate the efforts of the industry to keep going during this particularly challenging time.”