The EE British Academy Film Awards are a shining light for the UK film industry. It’s time for celebration, jubilation and getting glitzed-up and walking the red carpet.
It has been announced that Joanna Lumley will return to host the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards for the second time on Sunday 10 February. Like in 2017 and 2018, the ceremony will be held in London’s Royal Albert Hall.
The EE Rising Star nominations will be announced on Thursday 3 January and the nominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards will be announced on Wednesday 9 January.
Here’s the official word…
Joanna Lumley returns for the second year to host the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall featuring a performance from Cirque du Soleil
London, 2 January 2019: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) has announced today that the EE British Academy Film Awards will be hosted by Joanna Lumley for the second time and held at London’s iconic Royal Albert Hall, taking place on Sunday 10 February 2019 and broadcast on BBC One and BBC One HD.
BAFTA has also announced that, for the third year, the EE British Academy Film Awards will feature entertainment company Cirque de Soleil, which will be in residence at the Royal Albert Hall at the time of the Awards with its latest show to tour the UK, Totem.Cirque de Soleil will perform a piece especially created for the ceremony.
Emma Baehr, Director of awards at BAFTA said: ‘We’re delighted to be returning to the iconic Royal Albert Hall for the third year and collaborating again with Cirque du Soleil. We’re thrilled that Joanna has agreed to return as our host for a second year, she was fantastic and we’re looking forward to the ceremony with her once again at the helm.’
Lucy Noble, Artistic Director at the Royal Albert Hall, said “We’re delighted to welcome the EE BAFTAs to the Hall for the third successive year – from legendary filmmakers to beloved stars, Hollywood royalty to national treasures, they’ll all pass through the doors of Sir Alfred Hitchcock’s favourite venue. This glittering, star-studded event has become one of the most hotly-anticipated events in our calendar and, following another year of extraordinary movies, we can’t wait to play host to the British film industry’s night of celebration.”
Daniel Lamarre, President & CEO of Cirque du Soleil Entertainment Group said: “It is with great honor that we will be a part of the BAFTA ceremony for the third consecutive year. Film, with all of its fascinating facets, continually nourishes and inspires us, and we are thrilled to help celebrate British and international artists from around the world at this year’s BAFTA Awards.”
The EE Rising Star nominations are announced tomorrow, Thursday 3 January and thenominations for the EE British Academy Film Awards will be announced on Wednesday 9 January 2019.