Actress Rebel Wilson opened the Bafta Film Awards by making a joke about her recent weight loss.
The Pitch Perfect star, who is celebrating the film’s annual celebration, stepped onto the stage in a sparkly red dress and said, “I may look a little different than the last time you saw me here.”
Referring to her image at the 2020 ceremony appearing on screen, she added: “That was me two years ago and since then I’ve done quite a bit of conversion – I hope JK Rowling still accepts favorable.
“People are asking me, why are you losing weight? Obviously it was to get Robert Pattinson’s attention,” she joked.
She continued: “I didn’t lose weight just to marry a guy, I did it to get more roles.
“Now I can play love without humor in an Adam Sandler movie.”
She also joked about The Batman’s box office success, saying it’s “ironic” the film has been so successful in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
She said: “One man and one bat started everything that devastated the film industry, two years later a man and a bat should be the ones to save it.”
Wilson also quips that she will replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.
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The Australian actress told the Bafta audience: “Hold on to your martini because Broccolis let me announce it here and now, here’s the scoop, I’m proud to announce that the new James Bond will be It’s me! Oh my god, yes!
“I don’t want people to go crazy because there’s going to be a female James Bond, it’s not going to change that much.”
She added: “This is my pitch for the new Bond movie – Bond comes to Australia and it can be called Die And G’day.
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“And because of the gender pay gap, I wouldn’t actually be 007, I would be 004.5
Wilson, who has promised she won’t shy away from risky jokes, later added: “I’m going to be doing some musicals as host – it’s about Prince Andrew.
“It was on roller skates. It’s called Pizza Express but don’t worry, I won’t, I won’t sing.
“I’m saving my voice for the Cats sequel.”
The first Bafta Film Award of the awards ceremony of 2022 was awarded to the sci-fi blockbuster Dune for special visual effects.
The film, directed by Denis Villeneuve and based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel, features an all-star cast that includes Timothee Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Oscar Isaac, and leads the ensemble with 11 nods.
It also won second place of the night for best cinematography.
The show opened with Dame Shirley Bassey’s performance of Diamonds Are Forever, celebrating the franchise’s 60th anniversary.
The Duke of Cambridge, the president of Bafta, will not be attending this year’s ceremony but has recorded a special video message that will air during the ceremony.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will air on BBC One at 7pm.
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