David Tennant to host BAFTA film awards 2024

Image above: David Tennant

Tennant will make the BAFTA awards “a must-watch show”

Actor David Tennant is to host the 2024 BAFTA Film Awards at the Royal Festival Hall in February. The Dr Who star, who lives in Chiswick, said he was “delighted” to “help celebrate the very best of this year’s films and the many brilliant people who bring them to life.”

BAFTA chief executive, Jane Millichip, said Tennant will make the awards ceremony “a must-watch show” with his “warmth, charm and mischievous wit”.

She said: “We are over the moon that David Tennant will be our host. He is deservedly beloved by British and international audiences alike.”

The winners are chosen in three rounds. BAFTA members vote on titles in a longlist, and the winners are then chosen from their nominations.

BAFTA today announced the longlists of films and talent that have gone through to Round Two of voting for awards in 24 categories, including: Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Director, Original Screenplay, Leading Actor, Leading Actress, Supporting Actor and Supporting Actress.

There are ten films submitted for consideration in the ‘Best Film’ category. The members of BAFTA who are eligible to vote will now make their choices to whittle the list down to five nominations, to be announced on Thursday 18 January:

  • All of Us Strangers
  • Anatomy of a Fall
  • Barbie
  • The Holdovers
  • Killers of The Flower Moon
  • Maestro
  • Oppenheimer
  • Past Lives
  • Poor Things
  • The Zone of Interest

Image above: Tom Melia and Nathan Bryon, co-writers of Rye Lane

Rye Lane in the running for nominations in five categories

Among the films put forward on the longlist of titles for ‘Outstanding British Film’ is Rye Lane, which we featured in the 2023 Chiswick In Film festival. The romantic comedy set in Peckham,  premiered at the Sundance Festival last year and won universal acclaim as a fresh take on the romcom genre.

One of the film’s two young co-writers Nathan Bryon, used to live in Chiswick. He spoke to actor Suzette Llewellyn about it at a Q&A session with the audience.

READ ALSO: Rye Lane – Q&A with Nathan Bryon and Suzette Llewellyn

Nathan and his co-writer Tom Melia have also been put forward for nomination in the ‘Outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer’ category and ‘Original Screenplay’ categories, and the film’s first-time director Raine Allen-Miller has been put forward for nomination as ‘Director’. Vivian Oparah also goes forward on the longlist for ‘Leading Actress’.

Image above: George MacKay in Femme

George MacKay under consideration for Leading Actor for his role in Femme

George MacKay, the actor who grew up in Hammersmith, (known for his roles in Private Peaceful, The Best of Men, How I Live Now, Pride and Munich – The Edge of War, amongst others), is on the long list of ten actors in the Leading Actor category for his role in Femme, against actors such as Barry Keoghan for Saltburn and Cillian Murphy for Oppenheimer.

Femme is a revenge thriller about a homophobic attack. The target, Jules, finds his life and career destroyed by the attack. Some time after the event he encounters Preston, one of his attackers, in a gay sauna and decides to take revenge. George MacKay plays Preston.

The award ceremony will take place on Sunday 18 February. David Tennant, (who has starred in Broadchurch, Good Omens and Harry Potter And The Goblet of Fire), is currently playing Macbeth in the critically acclaimed production at the Donmar Warehouse.

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