BAFTA Chairman Prince William withdraws from virtual awards after Prince Philip’s death

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Prince Phillip and Prince William pictured enjoying the preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London



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The Duke of Cambridge has withdrawn from coverage of this weekend’s BAFTAs following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh.

This year’s film awards will be presented over two nights in largely virtual ceremonies, with the presenters attending the Royal Albert Hall in London in person for Sunday’s broadcast.

Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, was scheduled to participate in a pre-recorded conversation on Saturday with costume designer Jenny Beavan and makeup and hairstyle designer Sharon Martin, talking about locked out filming and the art of directing of films.

On Sunday he was due to deliver a video speech, celebrating the resilience of the film industry over the past year – but BAFTA has confirmed he will no longer be attending the ceremony.

The Duke of Edinburgh, who died yesterday at Windsor Castle at the age of 99, was the first president of BAFTA, serving from 1959 to 1965, and continued to support the organization throughout his life.

The Duke of Cambridge (pictured at the BAFTAs in 2020) has stepped down from coverage of this weekend’s BAFTAs following the death of his grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh

Prince Phillip and Prince William pictured enjoying the preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London

Prince Phillip and Prince William pictured enjoying the preparations for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on October 31, 2015 in London

BAFTA said in a statement: “In light of the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing, the Duke of Cambridge will no longer be part of BAFTA programming this weekend. Our hearts go out to the royal family, to whom we offer our deepest sympathy at this time ”.

Among the UK’s nominees for the awards this year are Daniel Kaluuya, Vanessa Kirby and Riz Ahmed, with Saturday’s Craft Awards broadcast 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 on Saturday, in a performance that will also include a performance by supporting candidate actor Leslie Odom Jr, who will sing Speak Now from his One Night In Miami movie. .

Sunday’s main ceremony will be hosted by Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman, when the remaining 17 awards will be presented and director Ang Lee will be honored with the BAFTA scholarship.

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

This year's film awards will be presented over two nights in largely virtual ceremonies, with the presenters attending the Royal Albert Hall in London in person for Sunday's broadcast.  Pictured The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2020 BAFTA Awards)

This year's film awards will be presented over two nights in largely virtual ceremonies, with the presenters attending the Royal Albert Hall in London in person for Sunday's broadcast.  Pictured The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2020 BAFTA Awards)

This year’s film awards will be presented over two nights in largely virtual ceremonies, with the presenters attending the Royal Albert Hall in London in person for Sunday’s broadcast. Pictured The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at the 2020 BAFTA Awards)

Nomadland road movie and coming-of-age drama Rocks lead the various nominations, where four female directors are vying for the award for best director.

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

Also nominated in the Best Actor category, Ahmed for his role as a drummer who loses his hearing in Sound Of Metal, as well as Adarsh ​​Gourav for The White Tiger, Tahar Rahim for The Mauritanian, Sir Anthony Hopkins for his turn in the drama The Father, on a man falling into dementia, and Mads Mikkelsen for another round.

The nominees in the BAFTA Best 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.

The female directors were completely absent from the shortlist in 2020, but this year four of the six are female, with nods to Shannon Murphy for Babyteeth, Jasmila Zbanic for Quo Vadis, Aida ?, Sarah Gavron for Rocks and Chloe Zhao. for Nomadland, as well as Thomas Vinterberg for Another Round and Lee Isaac Chung for Minari.

The Queen announced the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at noon on Friday as the Union Flag was at half mast outside Buckingham Palace.  Pictured the Queen and Prince Philip in 2007

The Queen announced the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at noon on Friday as the Union Flag was at half mast outside Buckingham Palace.  Pictured the Queen and Prince Philip in 2007

The Queen announced the death of her husband, Prince Philip, at noon on Friday as the Union Flag was at half mast outside Buckingham Palace. Pictured the Queen and Prince Philip in 2007

Kaluuya is nominated for his role as Black Panther frontman Fred Hampton in Judas And The Black Messiah, and he will face Leslie Odom Jr for One Night In Miami, Clarke Peters for Da Five Bloods, Paul Raci for Sound Of Metal, Barry Keoghan for Calm With Horses and Minari actor Alan Kim, who is the youngest BAFTA nominee at age eight.

Her co-star, Yuh-Jung Youn, is nominated in the Supporting Actress category, 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. for County Lines.

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

He was also present at the official opening of BAFTA’s London headquarters, after he and the Queen donated their share of the proceeds from the 1969 documentary on the Royal Family to SFTA.

The opening night of the EE BAFTA Film Awards will air on April 10 at 8 p.m. on BBC Two while the EE British Academy Film Awards will air at 7 p.m. on BBC One on April 11.

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