Virtual BAFTAs Get Thumbs Up From Industry Despite Audience Noise Confusion; TV Ratings Not So Pretty

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Virtual BAFTAs Get Thumbs Up From Industry Despite Audience Noise Confusion; TV Ratings Not So Pretty
In a normal year, the UK film biz would have woken up today with a sore head and a vague recollection of boogying into the early hours alongside celebrating BAFTA winners and commiserating BAFTA nominees.

Instead, the vast majority of us were to be found on our sofas last night, watching a succint two-hour BBC broadcast of the country’s premium film awards ceremony. It was a night of highs – supporting actress winner Yuh-Jung Youn calling the Brits “snobbish” in her acceptance speech and doubling down in the press conference after – and no real notable lows, unless you have a particular aversion to One Direction alum Liam Payne.

Overall, the ceremony, produced in the most difficult of circumstances, ran just about as smoothly as could be expected. The recording only took place three hours prior to the broadcast on BBC One, giving the American nominees and presenters, appearing virtually, a chance to get dolled up.
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