BAFTA hosts Richard E Grant and Alison Hammond have received a positive reaction from viewers during this year's award ceremony.
Grant opened the show in typical glamorous fashion, wearing an all-white cape, white suit jacket and black trousers. He was joined by Hollywood legend Steve Martin in the opening video, with Martin giving him tips on how to host the ceremony.
In his opening monologue – in front of an audience including Everything Everywhere All At Once stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Michelle Yeoh, Elvis director Baz Luhrman and royal guests Prince William and Kate Middleton – Grant showcased various accents (including Cockney gangster and French), in an effort to show he's suitable for more acting jobs, as well as making a jibe at Daniel Day Lewis' retirement from acting.
Viewers took to Twitter to share how much they enjoyed Grant's appearance, saying:
I love Richard E grant already 😂😂😂 #BaftaAwards
— matty (Fan account) 😊 (@tvreality93) February 19, 2023
One of the many things I love about Richard E. Grant is he is so gorgeously himself. I can't fake who I am and I cannot stand pretension. It's great to see someone keeping it real.
— Sophie Grenham 🇭🇰🇮🇪 (@sophiegrenham) February 19, 2023
— 𝙻𝚒𝚜𝚊 𝚆𝚊𝚜𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚝𝚘𝚗 (@Lisa_Washington) February 19, 2023
— MelLady 🖤 (@happygoth666) February 19, 2023
This Morning's Alison Hammond then joined Grant on stage, and the reaction from viewers was similarly positive. The glowing reviews continued when Hammond was interviewing stars in the BAFTA Studio later in the show:
more than ten years ago, alison hammond came 11th on big brother, and now she's on stage at the baftas co-hosting with richard e grant. adore this journey. #BAFTA2023
— David Chipakupaku 🏴🇿🇲 (@David_Chippa) February 19, 2023
alison hammond and richard e grant hosting the BAFTAs, this is perfect actually. let them present everything
— hannah (@hahncolman) February 19, 2023
alison hammond & richard e grant hosting the baftas… this was actually made for me
— marion gayvies🕯 (@ginglebuscher) February 19, 2023
— Revd Fiona Jenkinson💙🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️🇳🇵 (@RevdSister) February 19, 2023
Winners on the night included Kerry Condon, who won best supporting actress for The Banshees of Inisherin and Barry Keoghan, who won best supporting actor for the same film. Other winners include Aftersun, All Quiet on the Western Front and Everything Everywhere All At Once.
The ceremony saw a performance from West Side Story's Ariana de Bose and a tribute to the Queen from Dame Helen Mirren, which focused on the relationship Her Majesty had with BAFTA.
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