BAFTA Awards: Hannah Waddingham Performs “Time After Time” for In Memoriam Segment

Ted Lasso star Hannah Waddingham performed a very emotional and heartfelt rendition of Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” at the BAFTA Film Awards on Sunday, adding a somber note to the British Academy’s big annual ceremony.

Organizers had announced a musical performance by Waddingham on the biggest night in British film, following the star’s Apple TV+ Christmas special Hannah Waddingham: Home for Christmas, but they didn’t announce details ahead of time.

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Dressed in a black dress, the actress sang while pictures of some of the film industry greats who had died over the past year, including the likes of Michael Gambon and Carl Weathers.

The fact that Friends star Matthew Perry wasn’t shown in the segment led to criticism on social media. But BAFTA responded on X, saying: “Matthew Perry will be remembered in this year’s TV Awards ceremony.” The Academy also shared the link to its online tribute to the actor.

The 77th edition of the British Academy’s big annual awards night, hosted by Scottish actor David Tennant (Doctor WhoInside Man), attracted a star-studded audience to the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall in the British capital. Among the pre-announced presenters were such celebrities as David Beckham, Cate Blanchett, Dua Lipa, Idris Elba, Hugh Grant and Gillian Anderson.

Christopher Nolan’s biographical epic Oppenheimer is leading the pack of the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards contenders with 13 nominations, followed by Yorgos Lanthimos’ black comedy science fantasy Poor Things with 11 noms. Martin Scorsese’s Western crime drama Killers of the Flower Moon received nine BAFTA nods, tying with Jonathan Glazer’s The Zone of Interest.

Last year, Netflix’s German antiwar epic All Quiet on the Western Front made good on its record number of BAFTA nominations with a haul of seven wins, including for best film, best director and best adapted screenplay.

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