Everything you need to know about the BAFTAs 2021 – including how to watch

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It’s great news for film fans because the BAFTA Film Awards 2021 will be going ahead.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many important events have been unable to take place.

Luckily, the 74th BAFTA awards will be here to celebrate the best films from the past year.

But as you may have expected, there have been a few changed due to the pandemic in order to keep everyone safe.

For the first time ever the awards have been split into two separate ceremonies which will both be broadcast from the Royal Albert Hall – but the winners will be receiving their awards virtually due to restrictions.

Here is everything you need to know.

When are the BAFTA Film Awards 2021?

This year the BAFTAs will be taking place over two nights.

The first, Craft Awards, will be held on Saturday, April 10 at 8pm.

The main show will take place on the following day, on Sunday April 11 at 7pm.

How to watch BAFTA Film Awards 2021

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Viewers will be able to watch both ceremonies with no problems.

The first ceremony on the Saturday will be shown on BBC Two, while the main event on Sunday will air on BBC One.

You can also watch both shows on the iPlayer.

What are the changes?

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This year the BAFTAs will be going ahead without Graham Norton.

Instead, hosting duties will be split between Dermot O’Leary, Edith Bowman and Clara Amfo.

Clara will be giving out eight awards on April 10, and will be joined by a panel of guests.

As well revealing eight winners, there will also be behind-the-scenes footage from the nominated films.

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Dermot and Edith will be doing the rest the following night, and will be joined by a small group of awards presenters, with additional presenters joining from Los Angeles.

Nominees in 17 categories will join the show, as well as the virtual audience.

As previously, both shows will be pre-recorded.

Why will the awards be spread across two nights?

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The show is spread across two nights in a bid to recognise the efforts of the film industry to keep going, especially during this challenging time, explained Marc Samuelson, Chair of the BAFTA Film Committee.

A spokeswoman from BAFTA also explained to The Sun that the show is spread across a weekend “to celebrate the craft of filmmaking on a larger scale”.

She added: “We’ve hired multiple hosts and panellists to bring these shows to life”.

Emma Baehr, Executive Director of Awards & Content at BAFTA, said: “We’re thrilled that we have two programmes for the 2021 EE British Academy Film Awards for the very first time this year, in which we’ll showcase our nominees and reveal the winners.

“To help us celebrate the art and craft of filmmaking in more depth we’ll be joined by three hosts – Clara Amfo on Saturday and Dermot O’Leary and Edith Bowman on Sunday. I hope our audiences are just as excited as we are for the BAFTA weekend on the BBC.”

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