Australian actress Rebel Wilson will host the 75th British Academy Film Awards on Sunday, March 13, from the Royal Albert Hall in London.
The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. It will be Wilson’s first time hosting the event; she has presented individual awards previously at the show, including at the 2020 edition.
Bafta is planning for the ceremony to go ahead as an in-person event, with 100% audience capacity at the Royal Albert Hall, Screen has confirmed.
“I am very honoured to be hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards in March, where Covid will no longer exist because it will clearly have been canceled by then,” joked Wilson. “It’s going to be so much fun! I don’t wanna put any pressure on this - I know I’m not going to be funny because I am no longer fat. And besides, I’m not going to ‘sweat-it’ with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can’t sweat…or cause offense to people because of my adorable Australian accent.
“So basically I’ll just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we’ll both try and bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I do mean ‘bond’. This show will be an anniversary celebration of some important British film franchises such as HARRY POTTER and not such as CATS. Everybody’s going to love it, I’m sure! See you guys in March!”
“Rebel has stolen the show at several previous film awards, and we’re hugely excited to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humour to the whole show as we celebrate the very best in film,” said Amanda Berry, Bafta CEO.
Last year’s ceremony was hosted as a remote event by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.
The Bafta longlists were announced this Wednesday, with West Side Story and Don’t Look Up securing the most spots with 15 each.
The nominations for the Rising Star award will be announced on February 1, with the full nominations on February 3.