BAFTAs: 2021 awards ceremony to air over two nights
James R | On 10, Apr 2021
This year’s EE British Academy Film Awards is making up for its virtual ceremony by doubling down on the glitz and glamour – with a two-part celebration airing over this weekend.
Catching up with this year’s awards contenders? Find out where to stream the 2021 BAFTA nominees with our full guide here.
Part 1 – Saturday 10th April, 8pm (BBC Two)
Taking place at the Royal Albert Hall, the weekend will begin with the BAFTA Film Awards Opening Night on Saturday 10th April. Airing at 8pm on BBC Two, it will be hosted by Clara Amfo and feature a panel of guests including Rhianna Dhillon and Joanna Scanlan. The programme will give viewers an in-depth look at the filmmaking process using behind the scenes footage from the nominated films to highlight the craft categories.
Eight category winners will be revealed on the night: Casting, Costume, Make Up & Hair, Production Design, Sound, Special Visual Effects, British Short Film and British Short Animation. Noel Clarke will also receive the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.
The celebration of filmmaking will continue with a virtual conversation with three-time BAFTA award-winning costume designer Jenny Beavan and Make Up & Hair designer Sharon Martin on filming in lockdown and the craft of filmmaking.
Saturday night will also include a performance by Supporting Actor nominee Leslie Odom Jr, who will be singing Speak Now from the film One Night in Miami.
Part 2 – Sunday 11th April, 7pm (BBC One)
On Sunday 11th April, Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary will host the second night of the awards, airing at 7pm on BBC One. This broadcast will see 17 awards announced, including the public-voted EE Rising Star Award, with each nominee celebrated individually during the show. BAFTA will also honour Ang Lee with the Fellowship.
Musical guests on the night include Brit Award winner Celeste performing Hear My Voice from Best Film nominee The Trial of the Chicago 7 as well as a duet of A Change is Gonna Come, featured in the film One Night in Miami, to be performed by Leslie Odom Jr from Los Angeles and Corinne Bailey Rae in London.
All the nominees will join the show virtually alongside a virtual audience.
Awards presenters 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. They will be joined by additional presenters tuning in from a studio in Los Angeles including Rose Byrne, Andra Day, Anna Kendrick and Renée Zellweger.