London is preparing to ring the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, returning to an in-person ceremony live from the Royal Albert Hall after a scaled-down hybrid format amid the Covid crisis last year. The weekend is filled with festivities planned to honor the nominees and winners, but also looks a little different than the pre-pandemic period – most events require a lateral flow test performed within 24 hours, per example.
Additionally, the awards ceremony, hosted by Rebel Wilson, kicks off at 5 p.m. local time on Sunday (broadcast two hours later on BBC 1 and Britbox in the US). It’s an earlier than usual start, but in line with 2021, while the whole Sunday program has been shifted this year compared to 2020.
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The Critics Choice Awards, broadcast live from Los Angeles the same evening, host a late night party at the Savoy Hotel in London. He will be an integral part of the Critics Choice TV show which starts at 11pm London time. There is a crossover of candidates between the BAFTA and the CCAs, and we learn that those involved are aiming to hit both. Meanwhile, the DGA Awards take place on Saturday night in Los Angeles, further complicating matters for nominees who also compete in BAFTA races.
The BAFTA gala dinner at Grosvenor House follows the film awards on Sunday around 8pm with post-parties starting as early as 9pm.
Before arriving on Sunday, BAFTA will hold its annual fundraising gala on Friday evening. Then, early Saturday evening, AMPAS hosts a cocktail party at the Berkley Hotel Wilton Place. This is a change of venue for the affair, which was last held at the Biltmore in 2020 and honors the organization’s Oscar nominees. It’s also an opportunity for BAFTA nominees who are up for the Oscars to rub shoulders and be seen before the Oscars voting deadline on March 17.
After AMPAS, the annual BAFTA nominees party, which has been held inside Kensington Palace since 2015, moves to the BAFTA headquarters at 195 Piccadilly on Saturday evening. The space has undergone a refurbishment and this is BAFTA’s opportunity to show off the updated building where work began in the summer of 2019. Although attendees may regret not being able to say they passed time at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s pad, they’ll likely find the drop-off and pick-up process much less complicated on Piccadilly.
After the nominees event, select people will attend Charles Finch’s annual dinner, hosted in partnership with Chanel at 5 Hertford Street. Others with invites will go to Chiltern Fire Station where Universal and Focus are hosting a late night pre-BAFTA celebration. Uni and Focus originally took the pre-party route in 2019 and are returning to the plan this year to support Belfast and Last night in Soho who have six and two BAFTA nominations respectively.
Universal and Focus aren’t stopping there, they’re also hosting an intimate Sunday night get-together at Little House in Mayfair.
Also on Sunday, Amazon will populate Soho House in support Be the Ricardos and Everybody’s talking about Jamie. Around the corner, Warner Bros. hosts its annual cocktail party at Kettner’s to honor its nominated films, including Dunes and King Richard. MGM, entering the party circuit for the first time in recent memory, is hosting a Mayfair celebration hosted by Kevin Ulrich, Michael De Luca and Pamela Abdy. MGM has titles such as Licorice Pizza and no time to die nominated for the BAFTAs.
As it did in 2020 and 2019, Netflix is taking a full Chiltern takeover on Sunday in a hot-ticket event to celebrate its nominees and talent. The streamer has 22 nominations across four tracks: Dog power, don’t look up, God’s hand and The more they fall. The party lasts until late.
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