Rebel Wilson will host the 2022 Bafta Film Awards, it has been announced.
The Australian actor, who has appeared in hits such as Bridesmaids, Pitch Perfect and Jojo Rabbit, will lead the event at the Royal Albert Hall on March 13 after wowing organizers with comedy pieces at previous ceremonies.
Amanda Berry, Managing Director of Bafta, said: “Rebel has stolen the show at several previous film awards, and we are so happy to see her bring her fantastic charisma and humor to the whole series.”
Wilson responded with a statement in which she referred to a number of topical issues, including the controversy over her recent weight loss. She said, “This is 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. And besides, I’m not going to “sweat” my nerves because I have a particular health problem where I can’t sweat… or offend people with my adorable Australian accent.
She added: “So basically I’ll just be there to hang out with Lady Judi Dench and together we’ll both try to bond with Daniel Craig. And yes, I mean ‘bond’. show will be an anniversary celebration of some major UK film franchises such as Harry Potter and Non Cats. Everyone will love it I’m sure!
The 2021 edition, hosted by Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary, took place at the Royal Albert Hall without an audience and under conditions of social distancing. The 2022 awards format has yet to be officially announced, but a spokesperson has said that, if circumstances permit, the current plan is a “face-to-face event” with an audience.
The Bafta will also have to compete with the Critics Choice Awards, which recently announced that they had postponed their Los Angeles-based event to the same evening as the Baftas, which could lead to scheduling conflicts for a number of prominent figures in the world. film industry likely to be nominated for both.