BAFTA Awards 2022 Host Rebel Wilson Roasts the British Royal Family, Read On

BAFTA Awards 2022 was held on 13 March 2022 at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The event honoured the best national and foreign films of 2021. Actress Rebel Wilson has posed as one of the most memorable presenters in past years and thus year to she did not disappoint as a host. Bringing her funny side to the table, Wilson made everyone laugh out loud.

The ‘Pitch Perfect’ actor stole the show on Sunday during the first BAFTA Awards to take place in-person since the organisation’s groundbreaking 2020 diversity review, reports Wilson presented the best director award at the ceremony in 2020 and brought the house down with a gag-filled speech that in one fell swoop managed to burn the UK’s Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, Covid-19 and the lack of women nominated for best director. No one was spared from Wilson’s numerous barbs during the 2022 ceremony either.

While not every joke landed with the British crowd and was further challenged by the cavernous acoustics of the Royal Albert Hall one attendee remarked that Wilson deserved a standing ovation for her hosting duties.

The absence of Prince William, who is president of BAFTA, and Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton likely allowed Wilson to let rip, and the actor-comedian certainly didn’t hold back in taking the Royal family to the task. At one point, while talking about the inherent drama and horror of all the best picture nominees, Wilson quipped that “Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah had it all. But unfortunately it wasn’t nominated in this category”. Later, in the same breath, she joked about a Prince Andrew musical set at the Pizza Express and auditioning for the ‘Cats’ sequel.

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While the BAFTA awards rarely see hosts relinquish the stage for skits with audience members, Wilson was out there throwing out her old bras as consolation prizes and rolling out a cake of Benedict Cumberbatch’s face to the ‘The Power of the Dog’ actor.

In what was a surprisingly apolitical ceremony, Wilson also made one of the few references to the full-fledged war going on elsewhere in Ukraine, giving her middle finger to the camera and saying “this is the same gesture in all languages” in a “f*** you” to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Elsewhere, Wilson highlighted the continued challenges for women in the industry. At times, it was hard to tell whether she was joking or not, and just how much was based on personal experiences. “My next movie just fell through because the studio said it was a female-driven film. But females are terrible drivers. F*** you, Lionsgate,” she said to chuckles from the audience, “Whenever I want to make myself cry, I think how much The Rock was paid for ‘Jungle Cruise'”

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