William steps down from Bafta ceremonies after grandfather’s death

The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from reporting on this weekend’s Bafta prizes following the death of his grandfather, the Duke of Edinburgh.

This year’s film prizes will be awarded on two evenings in largely virtual ceremonies. The presenters are personally visiting the Royal Albert Hall in London for the broadcast on Sunday.

William, the president of Bafta, was due to have a taped conversation with costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup and hair designer Sharon Martin on Saturday about filming in Lockdown and the craft of filmmaking.

He was scheduled to make a video speech on Sunday to celebrate the resilience of the film industry over the past year.

Bafta said in a statement: “Given the death of the Duke of Edinburgh, the Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of the Bafta program this weekend. Our thoughts go with the royal family, to whom we express our deepest condolences at this time. “

This year’s British winners include Daniel Kaluuya, Vanessa Kirby and Riz Ahmed. Saturday’s Craft Awards will air on BBC Two in a ceremony hosted by Clara Amfo.

Actor, writer and director Noel Clarke will be honored with the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award in a show on Saturday. There will also be a performance of supporting actor Leslie Odom Jr., who will sing Speak Now from his film One Night In Miami.

The main ceremony on Sunday will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman when the remaining 17 prizes are awarded and director Ang Lee is honored with the Bafta Fellowship.

Hosts including Hugh Grant, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Tom Hiddleston will perform in person at the Royal Albert Hall, while nominees will perform virtually.

The road movie Nomadland and the coming-of-age drama Rocks lead the various nominations in which four women filmmakers compete for the prize for the best director.

Chadwick Boseman, who died of complications from colon cancer at the age of 43 last August, received a posthumous Bafta nomination for his performance as an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

Also nominated for Best Actor is Ahmed for his role as a drummer who loses his hearing in Sound Of Metal, Adarsh ​​Gourav for The White Tiger, Tahar Rahim for The Mauretanian and Sir Anthony Hopkins for his role in the drama The Father over a man with dementia and Mads Mikkelsen for another round.

The nominees in the Bafta leading actress category are Bukky Bakray for Rocks, Radha Blank for The Forty-Year-Old Version, Kirby for Pieces Of A Woman, Frances McDormand for Nomadland, Wunmi Mosaku for His House and Alfre Woodard for Clemency.

Female directors were completely absent from the 2020 shortlist, but this year four of the six are women, with Shannon Murphy for Babyteeth, Jasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida ?, Sarah Gavron for Rocks and Chloe Zhao for Nomadland nodding, and Thomas Vinterberg for another round and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari.

Kaluuya is nominated for his role as Black Panther leader Fred Hampton in Judas and the Black Messiah and faces Leslie Odom Jr. for one night in Miami, Clarke Peters for Da Five Bloods, Paul Raci for Sound Of Metal and Barry Keoghan for Barry Keoghan line up for Calm With Horses and Minari actor Alan Kim, who at eight is the youngest Bafta nominee of all time.

Alongside Niamh Algar for Calm With Horses, Kosar Ali for Rocks, Maria Bakalova for Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Dominique Fishback for Judas And The Black Messiah and Ashley Madekwe, his co-star is nominated for County Lines in the supporting actresses category.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died on Friday at the age of 99, became Bafta’s first president in 1959, a year after the British Film Academy and the Guild of Television Producers and Directors merged to form the Society of Film and Television Arts (SFTA) Forerunner of Bafta.

He was also present at the official opening of Bafta headquarters in London after he and the Queen gave SFTA their share of the profits from the 1969 documentary Royal Family.

The opening night of the EE Bafta Film Awards will air on April 10th at 9pm on BBC Two, while the EE British Academy Film Awards will air on April 11th at 7pm on BBC One.


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