When are the 2017 BAFTA awards, and how can you watch them?

Bronzes faces are readied of the iconic masks cast in to the BAFTA trophy (Credit: Getty Images/Jeff Spicer)

When are the BAFTA Awards?

2017 marks the 70th anniversary of the British Academy Film Awards and this year’s BAFTA Awards (or the EE British Academy Film Awards to give it it’s full official title) are taking place this Sunday, 12 February.

How can you watch the BAFTA Awards?

The ceremony will be broadcast on BBC One from 9pm this Sunday, 12 February. Be warned though, the BAFTAs are not broadcast live, so stay OFF Twitter and social media beforehand if you don’t want to spoil the results.

A technician works on preparing a giant BAFTA mask during the set build before 2016 EE British Academy Film Awards (Credit: Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

The star-studded red carpet arrivals will be live streamed on BAFTA’s Facebook page between 4.30-6.30pm GMT. You can also watch it below.


Where are the BAFTAs held?

In a break with tradition, this year’s ceremony will be taking place at the Royal Albert Hall. The awards were previously held at the Royal Opera House from 2008-2016.

Who is hosting?

Stephen Fry will host the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards. Despite his controversial “bag lady” comments directed at costume designer Jenny Beavan in 2016, the British author, actor, and comic is returning to host the show for the 12th time.

What is the BAFTA Award?

Fire burns on the molds as the iconic bronze masks are cast in to the BAFTA trophy for the 2016 British Academy of Film and Television Arts award ceremony at New Pro Foundry (Credit: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images)

The BAFTA award trophy is a mask, designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe. The bronze mask with a marble base stands 16cm high and weighs 3.7 kg.

Who’s nominated at this year’s BAFTAs?


The 2017 BAFTA nominations were announced by Sophie Turner and Dominic Cooper on 10 January with ‘La La Land’ leading the pack earning 11 nominations in total, including those for Best Movie, Best Actor and Actress for Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, and Best Director for Damien Chazelle.

‘Arrival’ and ‘Nocturnal Animals’ also received 9 nominations each.

‘American Honey’, ‘Denial’, ‘I, Daniel Blake’, ‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’, ‘Notes On Blindness’, and ‘Under The Shadow’ will battle it out for the prestigious title of Outstanding British film.

Read the full list of nominations here.

Who’s nominated for the EE Rising Star Award?

Nominated… Tom Holland up for BAFTA Rising Star gong – Credit: Disney

Tom Holland (‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’), Anya Taylor-Joy (‘Split’), Ruth Negga (‘Loving’), Lucas Hedges (‘Manchester By The Sea’), and Laia Costa (‘Victoria’) will battle it out for the EE Rising Star Award, the only public-voted prize of the night. Cast your vote here.

Previous winners include James McAvoy, John Boyega, Eva Green, and Tom Hardy.

Can you attend the BAFTAs?

Unfortunately for us mere plebs, the BAFTA Awards are strictly invite-only. However, if you wanted to watch the guests arrive on the night, BAFTA does host a red carpet viewing area for the public.

Wristbands for the public viewing area will be issued near the Albert Hall at 15.00 on Saturday, 11 February by security on a first come first serve basis. For more information visit the BAFTA website here.

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