Rebel Wilson will host the BAFTA Awards in March.
The ‘Pitch Perfect’ actress stole the show at the ceremony in 2020 with a gag-filled speech at the Best Director award show in which she successfully brought up Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, the coronavirus (then still but a conceptual threat), the lack of swag bags, “Cats” (which she starred in) and the lack of women nominated for Best Director.
Last year’s awards took place semi-virtually and were moderated by UK presenters Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.
“I look at the exceptional, bold talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” Wilson said of the all-male nominees. “Honestly, I just don’t have the balls.”
Considering everything that’s happened since February 2020 – including the fact that Prince Andrew was fired as a royal and of course the global pandemic – she will no doubt have plenty of material for the event, to which Prince William usually assists in his role as chairman.
“I am very honored to be hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards in March where Covid will no longer exist as it will clearly have been canceled by then,” Wilson said. “It’s going to be so much fun!” I don’t want to put pressure on it – I know I’m not going to be funny because I’m not fat anymore. Plus, I’m not going to ‘sweat’ with nerves because I have a particular medical condition where I can’t sweat…or offend people because of my adorable Aussie accent.
“So basically I will just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we will both try to bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I mean “link”. This show will be a celebration of the anniversary of some important British film franchises such as “Harry Potter” and not like “Cats”. Everyone will love it, I’m sure! See you guys in March!
Amanda Berry, Managing Director of BAFTA, added: “We are delighted to welcome Rebel Wilson as host of this year’s EE British Academy Film Awards. Rebel has stolen the show at several previous Film Awards, and we’re extremely excited to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humor to the entire show as we celebrate the best in cinema.
“We would also like to thank Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary who did a truly wonderful job organizing last year’s ceremony under exceptionally difficult circumstances and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”
The long list of BAFTA competing films was released on Wednesday, with ‘No Time to Die’, ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Don’t Look Up’ among those potentially honored at the ceremony.
The nominations will be revealed on February 3 and the in-person ceremony will take place on Sunday March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be shown on BBC One, BBC One HD and BBC iPlayer.
On Thursday, it was announced that the Critics Choice Awards would move to the same day, pushed back from their original January date due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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