2011 BAFTAs Today: Will Colin Firth Win Again?Michelle Lamar
Will Colin Firth win his second consecutive best actor BAFTA today? Firth won a 2010 BAFTA for his role in A Single Man and this year he’s the favorite to win for his role as King George VI in The King’s Speech.
The last actor to win back-to-back BAFTAs was the late Rod Steiger. He won back-to-back awards for The Pawnbroker in 1967 and In the Heat of the Night in 1968.
The King’s Speech is up for 14 awards in all, including best film and director.
Firth has already won a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild award for his performance in The King’s Speech, for which he has also received an Oscar nomination. The actor was honored again this week at the London Film Critics’ Circle awards.
The BAFTAs are the British Oscars and the BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards begin in early afternoon here in the United States.
Hosted by Jonathan Ross, the 2011 BAFTA Awards will broadcast from London’s Royal Opera House but the awards will be premiered on the same day in the U.S. exclusively by BBC America.
But if you want to take in the 2011 BAFTAs in real time, here are a few options:
BBC America’s Blog Anglophenia will be live blogging the BAFTAs starting at 230pm EST
You can check out the UK’s BBC three to watch the 2011 BAFTAs red carpet. Edith Bowman hosts all the action from the red carpet as the stars arrive for the awards at the Royal Opera House, London. BBC three red carpet begins at 230pm EST.
BBC One will air the BAFTAs starting at 4pm EST today. If you get BBC One on your cable system, you can watch in real time! A host of stars are expected at Sunday’s ceremony, which comes two weeks before the Academy Awards on 27 February.