Prince William will send in two videos for this weekend’s BAFTA ceremonies

Prince William will send in two videos for this weekend’s BAFTA ceremonies

The BAFTAs are being held this weekend. Saturday night is for the “craft” awards, meaning the technical awards, and then Sunday night will be for the big awards (acting, directing, etc). Much like all of the Hollywood awards shows, the British Academy has needed to figure out a way to do some or all of their show virtually, especially for the nominees who don’t want to travel or show up on a red carpet. As we heard more than a week ago, BAFTA president Prince William decided not to attend this year’s awards ceremony as well, and the reporting around it was that he was too lazy and thin-skinned to attend in person. As it turns out, he is going to send in two videos though.

Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, will appear virtually at the award show’s ceremony on Sunday to deliver a speech celebrating the resilience of the film industry across the last year.

HRH The Duke of Cambridge will also appear at Saturday’s BAFTA event, when craft awards will be handed out, taking part in a video with three-time BAFTA award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and Makeup and Hair designer Sharon Martin about filming in lockdown.

BAFTA has also confirmed its musical acts and guest presenters for the dual events. On Saturday, Supporting Actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr. will appear from Los Angeles to sing Speak Now from One Night in Miami. On Sunday, Brit Award winner Celeste will perform “Hear My Voice” from Best Film nominee “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” while there will be a duet of “A Change is Gonna Come,” featured in “One Night in Miami,” to be performed by Leslie Odom Jr. with Corinne Bailey Rae in London.

Awards presenters at the Royal Albert Hall on Sunday will include 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 Pryce. Appearing from LA will be Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger.

All nominees will be joining the show virtually. In the UK, BBC Two will host the Saturday eve at 20.00 BST, with BBC One hosting the Sunday ceremony at 19.00 BST.

[From Fox News]

So, presenters will be there in person and there will be some kind of red carpet and some kind of “show.” TOM HIDDLESTON will be there!! And Chiwetel! McAvoy! Pascal! They got all of the babes to show up as presenters. Please tell me there will be some kind of mask-themed cuteness with the boys? Anyway, it’s clear that BAFTA President Baldingham is too chickensh-t to actually show up in person. No, he saves his red carpet appearances for maskless strolls down a Pantoland red carpet for essential workers amid spiking infection rates! He would never actually show up to support the British film industry. (And yes, William and Kate consider themselves essential workers, which is why they went maskless on the Pantoland red carpet while surrounded by masked essential workers. Sorry, all of that still makes me engorged with rage.)

PS… I wrote up all of this before Philip passed away, obvs. Even if William had been scheduled to appear at the BAFTAs in person, he would have needed to cancel because of his grandfather’s passing. So, I guess it worked out that he had already done these videos.

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