How to watch the BAFTAs in 2023

Britain’s biggest awards show is notoriously difficult for foreign audiences to watch. Here’s how to make sure you don’t miss it.

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 10: The iconic BAFTA mask awards are ready to be polished at the Savoy Hotel ahead of the British Academy Film Awards on Sunday February 16, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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With only a month to go until the Oscars, we’ve officially reached the heart of awards season. Every week brings a new high-profile awards ceremony, and this weekend marks one of the biggest nights of the year: the BAFTA Awards.

In addition to being the most prestigious event in the British film industry, the BAFTAs are also notable for the fact that they often take place in parallel with the Oscars. Oscar watchers will want to get a glimpse of who the Academy may honor next month. Best Picture nominee “All Quiet on the Western Front” has a record 14 BAFTA nominations, with fellow Oscar winners “Everything Everywhere All at Once” and “The Banshees of Inisherin” following close behind with 10 nominations each.

The 2023 BAFTA Awards begin Sunday, February 19 at 2pm ET/11am PT. The show is broadcast live by the BBC in England, but cannot be seen by American audiences on the BBC affiliate. Instead, the only way to watch the show in America is to stream it Britbox, the BBC-backed streaming service that bills itself as the exclusive home of the BAFTAs in foreign markets. Subscriptions are available for $7.99 per month or $79.99 per year, with a seven-day free trial for new subscribers.

It’s worth noting that last year’s BAFTA Britbox stream had some unannounced technical complications. The ceremony was finally broadcast to the foreign audience one hour late. Britbox rebroadcast the ceremony in prime time later that evening. So while Britbox is the only way for US audiences to watch the show, there’s no guarantee that there will actually be up-to-date streams available. Anyone interested in learning about the winners in real time should check social media and IndieWire’s list of upcoming winners for updates.

The BAFTAs will also feature ample red carpet coverage and the viewing process will be far less Byzantine. Ali Plumb and Vick Hope will broadcast live from the red carpet at 10:30am ET/ 7:30am PT PT on the official BAFTA site. YouTube channel.

While Sunday’s broadcast will focus on the film, the BAFTA Television Awards will be broadcast on Sunday 14 May.

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