Bafta President Krishnendu Majumdar: We stand firm with the Ukrainian people

Bafta President Krishnendu Majumdar will deliver a message from the Ukrainian Film Academy during his speech at the star gathering as the awards return amid conflict.

peaking ahead of this year’s 75th British Academy Film Awards – where Dune topped the table with 11 nominations – Majumdar condemned the Russian invasion, adding that the academy could not “dodge the challenges” world events”.

“It’s really important for people to know that Bafta stands and stands with the Ukrainian people and we condemn the Russian aggression,” he told the PA news agency.

“We are in contact, we are in contact with the Ukrainian Film Academy and other film academies across Europe.

“And they talked to us and they wanted a message out, it’s really important that the Western press continues to report fairly and accurately because people need to know the truth.

“A lot of brave journalists are also members of Bafta, so we applaud them and we want that to continue.”

Majumdar has been graced the star-studded red carpet by nominees like Bafta, including Renate Reinsve, who comes in the best actress category alongside Lady Gaga and Tessa Thompson.

Norwegian actress Reinsve, who was nominated for World’s Ugliest Person, told PA: “Just being here as a Norwegian and doing this little Norwegian film and it blows up like This is crazy.


Caitriona Balfe attends the 75th British Academy Film Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall in London (Ian West/PA)

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“You guys have a lot of interesting work to be performed here, I am so proud to be a part of it this year.”

Jane Campion’s sci-fi epic Dune and The Power Of The Dog lead the nominations for this year’s film awards.

Majumdar said the academy was “relieved and delighted” to be back at the Royal Albert Hall for the awards ceremony.

Speaking to PA from the red carpet, he added: “It’s great that everyone is together to celebrate the movie.

“With a pandemic, you don’t know what’s going to happen every week so there’s a lot of planning.

“Team Bafta has been incredible to host this epic event, so it’s really exciting to be back.”

US actress Ann Dowd, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in the 2021 TV series Mass, added that it was “lovely” to see everyone again but it was strange to be back.

She told PA: “Especially in London, seeing everyone is so happy. We all said, all Americans, how happy you all look in London.

“And they just go out into the street and enjoy themselves, it’s lovely and London is beautiful.”

Lady Gaga, Benedict Cumberbatch and Sir Kenneth Branagh were among the stars vying to win the Bafta award during Sunday’s ceremony.


Renate Reinsve attends awards ceremony at Royal Albert Hall (Ian West/PA)

Bond actress Lashana Lynch and West Side Story star Ariana DeBose also feature as contenders to be named the next star of the future, having been nominated for a Rising Star award. Bafta.

Hollywood actress Rebel Wilson will host the film awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, with stars Daniel Kaluuya, Emma Watson, Florence Pugh and Tom Hiddleston in attendance.

The evening will also feature entertainment by Dame Shirley Bassey, a performance of the Bond theme song to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the spy series, and a video message from the Duke of Cambridge, the president of Bafta.

The EE British Academy Film Awards will air on BBC One at 7pm. Bafta President Krishnendu Majumdar: We stand firm with the Ukrainian people

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