When it comes to the hosts of awards shows, they can notoriously be hit or miss. Some have the audience in fits of laughter and present a seamless show, others miss the mark with cringe-worthy jokes and awkward introductions. However, the presenting pair for the Bafta Awards might just be our favourite yet. On 16 Jan., it was announced that Oscar-nominated actor Richard E.Grant is teaming up with national treasure Alison Hammond to host the prestigious awards show and, quite frankly, the choice is inspired.
Grant, who has had roles in “Gosford Park”, “The Iron Lady”, and, not forgetting, “Spice World”, will be presenting the 76th annual film awards ceremony at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall on 19 Feb. “I feel hugely privileged to be hosting the EE Baftas for the first time and the opportunity to celebrate the very best of the extraordinary range of this year’s films,” the 65-year-old said.
Alongside the actor, Hammond will be hosting the Bafta Studio, which will be an immersive access-all-areas portion of the show. The TV icon, who regularly presents ITV’s “This Morning” with Dermot O’Leary, has fast become a favourite on the small screen. Her contagious laugh and hilarious celebrity interviews make her the perfect choice for rubbing shoulders with the A-list. “I’m so excited to be hosting at this year’s EE Bafta Film Awards with THE Richard E Grant,” she said. “We’re going to have a lot of fun bringing the glitz and glam of backstage to everyone watching at home around the world. From hanging out with the stars to celebrating the biggest night for cinema, and joining the discussions with film fans, get ready for good vibes only.” Hear hear!
In addition to the main show, radio host Vick Hope and film critic Ali Plumb will be hosting the red carpet so get ready for gorgeous gowns and suave suits. Hope, who is fast becoming a fashion icon in her own right, recently hosted the Brit nominations show so red carpet season is firmly on her 2023 bingo card.
With these four taking the reigns for the Baftas 2023, we are expecting five-star outfits, classy links, and a barrel full of belly laughs. Watch the Bafta Awards on Sunday, 19 Feb. on BBC One and BBC iplayer.