Monday 24 July 2017

William and Kate to attend Bafta awards for first time as a couple

William and Kate will meet representatives of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts
William and Kate will meet representatives of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are to attend the Bafta awards for the first time as a couple.

William, who is president of Bafta, will walk the red carpet with Kate who has never taken part in the celebration of movie talent.

During next month's ceremony the Duke and Duchess will meet representatives of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (Bafta) and watch the event.

William will also present the fellowship award.

Some of the biggest movie stars of the moment are likely to attend the awards ceremony at the Royal Albert Hall, which has pitched gritty British drama I, Daniel Blake against exuberant Hollywood musical La La Land.

Ken Loach's unflinching examination of life in the UK benefits system, which won the coveted Palme d'Or prize at the Cannes festival, will compete for the best film Bafta against the starry love letter to Los Angeles, which has won a record seven Golden Globes.

La La Land is nominated in 11 categories, including best film.

Hugh Grant could land a supporting actor award for his role as Meryl Streep's devoted husband in Florence Foster Jenkins.

Skyfall star Naomie Harris has scored a nomination for best supporting actress for her role as a crack addict in Moonlight.

The fellowship award, which the Duke will present, is awarded annually at the ceremony and is the highest accolade bestowed by the academy to an individual in recognition of an outstanding and exceptional contribution to film, television or games.

The recipient of this year's fellowship will be announced ahead of the ceremony.

In addition to its awards, Bafta has a year-round learning and new talent programme, including a campaign to support young people from all backgrounds entering the film, television and games industries, which William helped relaunch in 2013, and a scholarships programme, which features the Prince William Scholarships in Film, Television and Games.

The Duke has been president of the academy since February 2010, and both he and the Duchess have supported Bafta's charitable activities by attending events across the charity's learning programme.

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