The ceremony is set to take place at London’s Royal Albert Hall on February 2, and William, who currently serves as BAFTA president, will play an especially important role.
He's introducing and presenting the BAFTA’s highest accolade, the Fellowship. This year’s recipient is American film producer Kathleen Kennedy, who is behind Star Wars, Jurassic Park and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.
“We are immensely grateful to Their Royal Highnesses for their continued support and we look forward to welcoming them to the Film Awards on Sunday, 2 February,” Amanda Berry OBE, chief executive of BAFTA said.
This year marks William’s 10th anniversary as BAFTA president and continues the long history of Royal patronage. His grandfather, The Duke of Edinburgh, was appointed its first President in 1959.
In 2010, William’s first undertaking was to present the Fellowship to actress Vanessa Redgrave, and in the years since, he and Kate have helped launch new talent initiatives, scholarship programs and fundraising campaigns. They’ve also shown their support as frequent attendees at the annual ceremony.
Prior to thanking the Duke and Duchess in her press statement, Berry said of William, “His involvement has been invaluable to the work we do, from launching our global new talent activity in 2011, to supporting the BAFTA Scholarships programme and assisting with the most far-reaching fundraising campaign BAFTA has ever undertaken.”
The 2020 ceremony will be hosted by Graham Norton and will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One and BBC One HD on February 2.