BritBox has inked a new deal with BAFTA to stream a simulcast of the BAFTA Film Awards through 2025.
This year the awards will be held in London on Feb. 18 with David Tennant hosting. Nominees include “Oppenheimer,” “Poor Things” and “Killers of the Flower Moon.”
For the first time the “best of British” streamer will also simulcast the BAFTA Television Awards, which will be held on May 12. Nominations will be announced in due course.
In the U.K. both ceremonies are broadcast on the BBC with a two-hour delay, although the final four film awards were broadcast live last year for the first time.
The new deal will enable BritBox subscribers in the U.S., Canada, South Africa, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway to watch the awards shows at the same time they are broadcast in the U.K. It will also mark the first time the BAFTA Television Awards have ever been broadcast in those territories.
Due to the significant time difference, Australia-based BritBox subscribers will be able to watch the awards on-demand.
“BritBox is known for being home to the best British content from some of the U.K.’s most prolific names and iconic cultural ev -
ents which makes our simulcast of the BAFTAs to our audiences around the world so special,” said BritBox International CEO Reemah Sakaan. “BritBox and BAFTA have a shared vision to celebrate the very best of British creativity so it has been a pleasure to work together to expand our partnership to include both the BAFTA Film and Television awards later this spring.”
Last year’s BAFTA Film Awards saw an average of 3.8 million U.K. viewers tune in – almost 2 million more than the previous year – no doubt buoyed by a number of viral moments, including Ariana Du Bose’s now infamous rap.
Pop star Sophie Ellis-Bextor has been confirmed to perform at this year’s ceremony after her 23-year-old track “Murder on the Dancefloor” was given a new lease of life in the closing scenes of Emerald Fennell’s controversial feature “Saltburn.”
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