A re­ward­ing night for the best of the best

Macclesfield Express - - TVWEEK -

Award shows are syco­phan­tic and ten a penny. So why-oh-why do we find our­selves con­tin­u­ally drawn to the pre­dictable run of well-re­hearsed ac­co­lades, TV clips, a con­veyor belt of celebrity guests dron­ing “...and the win­ner is...” and half-hearted ap­plause which gets weaker as the evening draws on? The an­swer is, quite sim­ply, be­cause they're ad­dic­tive. From the mo­ment you dare to mut­ter, “Let's just watch this bit...” you're hooked, un­able to tear your­self away from “just one more” clip or the next star guest in case you miss a vi­tal snip­pet of gos­sip which will be the talk of the town by the morn­ing. So, which films and their stars will be hit­ting the head­lines on Mon­day? It’s highly likely that The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel, Bird­man and The The­ory of Ev­ery­thing will dom­i­nate the cer­e­mony – The Grand Bu­dapest Ho­tel leads the way with 11 nom­i­na­tions, while the other two trail not very far be­hind with 10 each. It’s a big night for host Stephen Fry too – this will be the 10th time he’s pre­sented The Bri­tish Academy Film Awards (Sun­day, BBC1, 9pm), which takes place once again at Lon­don’s Royal Opera House in Covent Gar­den. "Host­ing the Film Awards has al­ways been a high­light of my year,” says Fry. “The op­por­tu­nity to help the Academy pro­mote film­mak­ing and en­cour­age cinema-go­ing means a lot to me. “I've met many he­roes and had the hon­our of in­tro­duc­ing many young tal­ents that are now busy forg­ing re­mark­able ca­reers for them­selves. See­ing the pho­tos from each year back I can chart my be­wil­der­ing changes in weight too... "Hard as it may be for some char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally scep­ti­cal Bri­tons to be­lieve, the Baf­tas have real ku­dos, rep­u­ta­tion and ca­chet all over the world of film- mak­ing,” he adds. “I, old as I am, never cease to be shame­lessly glam­or­ised by the sight of so many leg­endary names who come ev­ery year as nom­i­nees and pre­sen­ters.” Ev­ery­one at the BBC will be smil­ing on the night too – its film di­vi­sion is as­sured of at least one gong, hav­ing been given the Out­stand­ing Con­tri­bu­tion to Bri­tish Cinema award. “I can­not think of a more de­serv­ing in­sti­tu­tion for this award than BBC Films, un­be­liev­ably in its 25th year and with more than 250 pre­dom­i­nantly Bri­tish films in its cat­a­logue,” ex­plains Nick Pow­ell, chair­man of Bafta’s film com­mit­tee.

Award win­ning Stephen Fry hosts the cer­e­mony.

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