The red carpet is set to be rolled, as the biggest night in the British film calendar is nearly upon us.

Honouring the biggest achievements in the art of film, the BAFTA Awards are second to only the Academy Awards in terms of prestige and importance, being a significant evening during awards season.

With a glut of stars and prizes, it can be a pretty hectic night, but we have you covered on all the details, ranging from the location to the host – and those all important nominees.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (EDITORS NOTE: This image has been digitally altered) Le Cirque du Soleil artists attend the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) held at Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

When and Where is the 2019 Ceremony?

The 2019 BAFTA Awards will begin at 7 pm on Sunday, February 10th, with the location of the ceremony being the Royal Albert Hall, which began hosting the event in 2017.

Before that, the ceremony had been held at the Odeon Luxe in Leicester Square between 2000 and 2007, with the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden hosting from 2008 to 2016.

Who is Hosting the 2019 BAFTA Awards?

Joanna Lumley will once again be on hosting duties after she made her debut last year.

The Absolutely Fabulous star took over from long-time host Stephen Fry, who had been the master of proceedings for 12 years.

Joanna’s first performance as host earned mixed reviews, with a misconstrued inside joke involving actress Jennifer Lawrence being the centre of controversy.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 14: Joanna Lumley, winner of the Fellowship Award, poses in the Winner’s room at the Virgin TV BAFTA Television Awards at The Royal Festival Hall on May 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

Who are the Nominees? Who is Expected to Win?

There is plenty of British interest this year, with both Olivia Colman and Rachel Weisz expected to win the Leading and Supporting Actress trophies for their roles in The Favourite. Yorgos Lanthimos’ period-comedy leads the nominations with 12, and is expected to battle with Netflix’s Spanish-language drama Roma for Best Film.

Christian Bale is also gunning for the Best Actor prize for his performance as Dick Cheney in Vice, but he faces stiff competition from Rami Malek, who has won many plaudits for his depiction of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Mahershala Ali is a heavy-favourite to win the Best Supporting Actor award for his work in Green Book, whilst legendary director Spike Lee is expected to be honoured for his script for BlacKkKlansman by taking home the Best Adapted Screenplay award.

'The Favourite' trailer on IMDB

Screenshot from ‘The Favourite’ trailer on IMDB

Who Won BAFTA Awards Last Year?

Last year’s ceremony saw Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri take home five awards, winning Best Film, Best British Film, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell) and Best Original Screenplay.

Gary Oldman and Allison Janney won the Best Actor and Best Supporting Actress trophies for their performances in Darkest Hour and I, Tonya respectively, whilst Guillermo Del Toro was honoured for The Shape of Water with Best Director; all three went on to replicate their success at the Academy Awards. The Shape of Water also went on to win the Best Picture there, showing the BAFTA’s and Academy Awards don’t always line up.

This year’s ceremony is expected to be more wide-open, with the awards season proving to be unpredictable so far.

LONDON, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 18: (L to R) Martin McDonagh, Peter Czernin, Sam Rockwell, Frances McDormand and Graham Broadbent, accepting the Best Film award for ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’, pose in the press room during the EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) held at the Royal Albert Hall on February 18, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)

Where Can I Watch the BAFTA Awards?

Though the ceremony is beginning at 7 pm, the show will not be broadcast live, with the action starting on BBC One at 9 pm.

This two-hour delay allows producers to shorten the run-time, making it more palatable for audiences, skipping some of the technical awards in the process.

 

WATCH THE 2019 BAFTA AWARDS ON SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10th ON BBC ONE, AT 9 PM

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