The British Are Coming! (to Award Season) — Here’s How to Watch the BAFTAs in Australia

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Award season is in full swing, and now, the 2023 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) are fast approaching, with the red carpet being rolled out this coming Monday, February 19.

Leading the 2023 nominations is the German war film All Quiet on the Western Front. With 14 nominations, the film has tied with 2000’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon for the film with the most nominations not in the English language. In fact, the only film to ever receive more than 14 nominations is Ghandi, which received 16 nods and won five awards.

For all intents and purposes, the BAFTAs are the United Kingdom’s version of the Oscars, and are considered to be one of the most prestigious award ceremonies in the nation. They’re also a major pre-cursor award for the Academy Awards, and a win at the BAFTAs can cement an actor’s status as an Oscar frontrunner.

Recognising the phenomenal talent within the film industry, the star-studded guest list usually includes members of the royal family. Kensington Palace has confirmed that Prince William and Kate Middleton will be in attendance on the night.

Hosting the show this year is BAFTA and Oscar nominated actor Richard E. Grant, best known to this writer as the manager of the Spice Girls in the critically panned cult classic Spice World: The Movie, a film sadly not available for streaming in Australia.

Regardless, the show is most definitely going to be an entertaining one. Joining Grant on the BAFTAs stage will be Mercury Prize winner Little Simz. The BAFTAs have also said in a statement that the show will feature performances “from music newcomers and legends alike.”

BAFTA Fellow Dame Helen Mirren will also lead a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at the Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall, in London, on Sunday, February 19, which will be early Monday morning, February 20 for Australians.

Where to Watch the 2023 BAFTAS in Australia

Unfortunately for Aussies, the show won’t be streaming live anywhere in Australia.

With that being said, it will be available for catch up in the UK on BBC iPlayer. This means that if you have a VPN, you may be able to catch all the action there.

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