Rebel Wilson announced as host of 2022 BAFTA Film Awards

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Rebel Wilson will host the 2022 BAFTA Film Awards, the British Academy has announced.

The Australian actor, known for his roles in Bridesmaids and Perfectwill present the ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Sunday, March 13.

In his announcement statement, Wilson refers to Prince Andrew about a “specific medical condition where I can’t sweat” and jokes about his weight loss.

“I am very honored to be hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards in March, where COVID will no longer exist as it will clearly have been canceled by then,” Wilson said.

“It’s going to be so much fun!” I don’t want to put pressure on it – I know I’m not going to be funny because I’m not fat anymore. Plus, I’m not going to ‘sweat’ with nerves because I have a particular medical condition where I can’t sweat…or offend people because of my adorable Aussie accent.

She added: “So basically I’ll just be there to hang out with Dame Judi Dench and together we’ll both try to bond with Daniel Craig. And yeah, I mean ‘bond’. This show will be a celebration of the anniversary of some important UK film franchises such as Harry Potter and not like Cats. Everyone will love it I’m sure! See you guys in March!

Amanda Berry, Managing Director of BAFTA, said: “Rebel has stolen the show at several previous film awards, and we are extremely delighted to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humor to the whole show as we celebrate the best of cinema.”

Last year’s ceremony was hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, with no audience and no social distancing measures in place. The format for the 2022 event has yet to be announced.

BAFTA recently revealed this year’s long list of nominations, led by Kenneth Branagh Belfast and Steven Spielberg West Side Story with 15 mentions each. Official nominations will be announced on February 3.

This year’s ceremony is also set to compete with the Critics Choice Awards, which recently rescheduled their Los Angeles-based event to the same night as the BAFTAs.

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