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Entertainment BAFTA 2021 Film Awards: Viewers slam virtual ceremony

00:51  12 april  2021
00:51  12 april  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Viewers have slammed the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards' virtual ceremony branding the fake audience's canned laughter and applause as 'awkward' saying it 'ruined the show'.

The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually but those watching weren't impressed with the set up.

Viewers of the ceremony - which is being held at the Royal Albert Hall in London but without a live audience - branded the fake applause and laughter in the studio as 'condescending' and 'questionable'.

Edith Bowman posing for a picture: Viewers have slammed the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards' virtual ceremony branding the fake audience's canned laughter and applause as 'awkward' (pictured is host Edith Bowman) © Provided by Daily Mail Viewers have slammed the BAFTA 2021 Film Awards' virtual ceremony branding the fake audience's canned laughter and applause as 'awkward' (pictured is host Edith Bowman)

The ceremony is being fronted by Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman with winners appearing via zoom to collect their awards and give acceptance speeches.

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One unimpressed viewer took to Twitter to write: 'The canned laughter is a bit much. The show would work way better with music instead'.

Another penned: 'This fake applause is so awkward', while another complained: 'Not sure about fake audience noises on the BAFTAs'.

a man and a woman standing in front of a stage: The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually but those watching weren't impressed with the set up (pictured are hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary) © Provided by Daily Mail The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually but those watching weren't impressed with the set up (pictured are hosts Edith Bowman and Dermot O'Leary)

A fourth wrote: 'Yeah, the canned reactions are mega-condescending. Just let the show be what it is. The tech awards mini-show yesterday was really well-pitched.'

Someone else agreed, writing: 'The canned laughter is questionable' while another simply said: 'Can the canned laughter!'

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The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually.

The TV version of the awards show took place online during summer 2020, but last year's film ceremony managed to go ahead a month before the Covid pandemic forced the UK into lockdown.

With the pandemic still raging, another change will take place this year: the BAFTAs will happen in two parts.

Both shows, recognising the very best in film of the past year, will be broadcast virtually from London's Royal Albert Hall.

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The first show celebrates the craft of film while the second main show will feature the mainstream awards.


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Show one was hosted by Clara Amfo on Saturday night and saw eight of the 17 gongs awarded.

During the broadcast it was revealed that Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom won two awards: Costume Design and Make Up & Hair.

a woman posing for a picture: Not happy: Many viewers took to Twitter on Sunday night to complain about the fake audience (pictured is Felicity Jones presenting the Cinematography category) © Provided by Daily Mail Not happy: Many viewers took to Twitter on Sunday night to complain about the fake audience (pictured is Felicity Jones presenting the Cinematography category)

Rocks won Casting while Sound of Metal won Sound. Mank picked up Production Design, and Tenet won Special Visual Effects.

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The Present won the British Short Film award, while the BAFTA for British Short Animation was won by The Owl and the Pussycat.

The award for Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema, announced last month, was presented to filmmaker Noel Clarke.

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Show two is fronted by Dermot O'Leary and Edith Bowman from London's Royal Albert Hall where the acting prizes will be given out. No audience will be present.

Both programmes are being broadcast in all major territories around the world and a total of 50 feature films received nominations this year.

Presenters will appear during the ceremony from both London and Los Angeles, but all nominees will accept their prizes virtually in front of a virtual audience watching from home.

Dermot O'Leary wearing a suit and tie: Presenter: BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards' 74-year history (host Dermot O'Leary is pictured) © Provided by Daily Mail Presenter: BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards' 74-year history (host Dermot O'Leary is pictured)

Among the prizes announced on the second night will be the public-voted EE Rising Star Award and the Fellowship, BAFTA's highest honour.

BAFTA has announced their most diverse list of nominees in the awards' 74-year history.

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In a first for BAFTA, four women have been nominated in the Director category. Three of the nominated directors are also nominated for Film Not in the English Language.

As part of BAFTA’s pledge to support fresh talent, four of the five nominated films in Outstanding Debut are also nominated across other categories, with first-time nominees accounting for four of the six nominated Directors and 21 of the 24 nominees in the performance categories.

British talent is rife in 2021, with the Outstanding British Film category increasing from six to 10 nominations, three of which are also nominated for Best Film.

Of the difficult times the awards and creative industries have had during the past 12 months - which saw a total shut-down of TV and film production across the world - BAFTA's Chief Executive Amanda Berry said: 'The last year has seen the Covid-19 pandemic impact everyone, and the film industry is no exception.

'I would like to thank all those who have supported us and enabled BAFTA to continue to celebrate the very best work in film, from our members who embraced the changes we made to the voting process to the distributors for ensuring that many more films were available for online viewing.

Anna Kendrick standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Pandemic: The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually (pictured Anna Kendrick presents the Best Adapted Screenplay category) © Provided by Daily Mail Pandemic: The BAFTA and EE British Academy Film Awards 2021 is the first of the Academy's film ceremonies to be held virtually (pictured Anna Kendrick presents the Best Adapted Screenplay category)

'Film has always held an essential place in our culture but I think we can all agree that it has been even more important during this time.

'I very much look forward to celebrating the incredible talent of all our nominees.'

In the past year, BAFTA undertook a wide-ranging Review, signalling the beginning of a significant cultural shift within the organisation.

The changes introduced for the Film Awards are the first phase in an ongoing process of levelling the playing field for all entered films.

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