Richard E. Grant brings enthusiasm as BAFTA Film Awards host


LONDON — There is no larger cheerleader of awards time than Richard E. Grant.

He brings pleasure to the red carpet, snapping selfies with stars and submitting congratulations to nominees on social media.

Now this enthusiasm has been tapped for the EE BAFTA Movie Awards on Feb. 19 at the Royal Competition Hall.

“I’m an unabashed admirer of films and of expertise and usually have been. I’ve in no way been disingenuous or, you know, blase about that,” Grant, the host, states.

“I probably have to restrain myself from completely using selfies with each nominee and winner coming up on the phase.”

“From that level of look at, I am the appropriate suit for the career, ideally,” he says.

Grant also is familiar with how it feels to take part in awards period and sit, nervously, waiting for that profession changing envelope to be opened. He was nominated as supporting actor at both equally the BAFTAs and Oscars in 2019 for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?”

And he’s conscious that, as a doing the job actor, internet hosting has its issues.

“Traditionally if you’re a comedian, your role is incredibly crystal clear to roast the audience. Whilst I’m an actor and, you know, even while I’m the broad classic that I am now, I nevertheless want to perform and collaborate with administrators and actors and writers for the remainder of my respiration days,” he suggests. “So roasting them is not really an alternative and not a little something that I want to do.”

When asked if there will be any humor in the ceremony — Grant has jokes.

“No, It’s heading to be really, extremely critical. There’ll be no jokes and it will be … it’ll be brutally earnest,” he says, laughing.

Rebel Wilson received combined critiques for her joke large transform as the BAFTA ceremony emcee very last March, which at one particular place associated a cake of Benedict Cumberbatch’s encounter.

This calendar year, “All Silent on the Western Front” qualified prospects the nominees with 14. “The Banshees of Inisherin” and “Everything Just about everywhere All at Once” both have 10 nominations.

As you’d assume, Grant appreciates very a couple of the nominees, having worked with EE Climbing Star nominees Naomi Ackie and Daryl McCormack, additionally Bill Nighy, Cate Blanchett and most of the “Banshees” solid.

But there will be huge alterations at the BAFTA Film Awards ceremony this calendar year.

Right after six a long time of walking up the red carpeted techniques into the Royal Albert Hall, nominees will be attending an occasion held beside the River Thames on London’s Southbank at the Royal Pageant Hall.

Also, for the first time, the very last 30 minutes of the present will be broadcast dwell on BBC One, as BAFTA moves towards the idea of a entirely reside ceremony.

“In an age where everything can be paused or rapidly forwarded or, you know, watched on at a afterwards time, the thing of it becoming live provides it a type of frisson and exhilaration and also the probability that some thing can go fantastically properly or definitely terribly. And which is often a excellent point,” Grant says.

British rapper Lil Simz will be doing at the ceremony and the two the prince and princess of Wales will be in the viewers, as Prince William is president of the British Academy of Movie and Tv Arts.

Grant, at this time doing the job with script writers on what he’ll be indicating on stage, suggests he’s much more excited than anxious, including he’ll in all probability be “levitating” on the massive working day.

“It is totally authentic,” he states of his boundless enthusiasm, “and it is to the annoyance of some persons.”

“Just surviving in show-company mainly because it is, you know — for what it seems to be like from the exterior — it is a job that is has an monumental total of rejection in created into it,” he suggests. “So when men and women are identified or realize success at what they are carrying out and do it so brilliantly — I’m a excellent champion of that.”