Baftas 2023: When is the ceremony, who is hosting, and how can I watch it?

This year’s Baftas are just around the corner (Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA)
This year’s Baftas are just around the corner (Daniel Leal-Olivas / PA)

The 76th British Academy Film Awards are just a few weeks away, with film fanatics counting down the days until they get to see their favourite actors go head-to-head to win an award.

This year’s ceremony has a special format change, with the winners for the final four categories - best actor, best actress, best film, and best director - set to be announced live on air.

In previous years, the Baftas were always prerecorded on the same night and broadcast with a delay.

When are the 2023 Baftas?

This year’s British Academy Film Awards will be held on Sunday, February 19.

For the past six years, the coveted event had been held at the Royal Albert Hall. But this year, the star-studded affair is moving to the Southbank Centre’s Festival Hall.

The organisers have shared that they are hoping their new venue will allow them to be more ambitious and accessible.

Who is hosting this year’s ceremony?

The 2023 hosts have been revealed as the Oscar- and Bafta-nominated Richard E Grant and broadcaster Alison Hammond.

The actor went on Twitter to share his excitement, saying: “I’ve watched the Baftas every year. Been lucky enough to be invited a few times. Got nominated, I think, three years ago.

“But never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be asked to host the ceremony. Incredible privilege... Thrill... Being a star-struck Swazi boy, I can’t wait to meet my heroes and heroines.”

Meanwhile, the red-carpet show will be hosted by Vick Hope and film critic Ali Plumb.

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How can I watch the 2023 Baftas?

You can watch the Baftas on BBC One or BBC iPlayer between 7 pm and 9 pm on the day of the ceremony.

Which actors have been nominated?

The nominations for the Bafta EE Rising Star Award were revealed on January 17. The actors in the running are:

  • Naomi Ackie (Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance with Somebody)

  • Sheila Atim (The Woman King)

  • Aimee Lou Wood (Living)

  • Emma Mackey (Emily)

  • Daryl McCormack (Good Luck to You, Leo Grande)

The nominee shortlists for the remaining categories were unveiled on January 19.

Ana de Armas, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson, Michelle Yeoh, and Danielle Deadwyler have been nominated for Best Actress, while Austin Butler, Bill Nighy, Paul Mescal, Collin Farrell, Brendan Fraser, and Daryl McCormack are in the running for Best Actor.