Rebel Wilson is to host the BAFTA Awards

Rebel Wilson is to host the BAFTA Awards

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 while handing over the award for best director, where she managed to mention Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, coronavirus (then still, but a conceptual threat), lack on swag bags, “Cats” (in which she starred) and the lack of women nominated for best director.

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Last year’s awards took place semi-virtually and were hosted by British speakers Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.

“I’m looking at the unique, daring talent nominated in this category, and I do not think I could do what they do,” Wilson said of the male-only nominees. “Honestly, I just do not have the balls.”

Given everything that has happened since February 2020 – including Prince Andrew, who was actually fired as royal and of course the global pandemic – she will no doubt have plenty of material for the event that Prince William normally attends in his role as president .

“I am very honored to host the EE British Academy Film Awards in March, where Covid will no longer exist because it will clearly have been canceled before then,” Wilson said. “It is going to be so much fun! I do not want to put pressure on this – I know I will not be funny because I am no longer fat. And besides, I’m not going to ‘sweat’ with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can not sweat … or upset people because of my adorable Australian accent. “

“So basically I just want to be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench, and together we’ll both try to bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I mean ‘binding’. This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important British movie franchises like ‘Harry Potter’ and not like ‘Cats’. Everyone will love it, I’m sure! See you in March! “

Amanda Berry, CEO of BAFTA added: “We are delighted to welcome Rebel Wilson as this year’s host of the EE British Academy Film Awards. Rebel has stolen the show at several previous film awards and we are delighted to see her bring his amazing charisma and humor to the whole show as we celebrate the very best in film. “

“We would also like to thank Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, who did a truly wonderful job of hosting last year’s ceremony in exceptionally challenging circumstances, and we look forward to working with them again in the future.”

BAFTA’s long lists of films competing for the awards were released on Wednesday, with “No Time to Die”, “West Side Story” and “Don’t Look Up” among those potentially honored at the ceremony.

Nominations will be unveiled on February 3, and the personal ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 13 at the Royal Albert Hall. It will be broadcast 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 increase in COVID-19.

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