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Bafta organisers ‘fear celebrities won’t turn up as it’s just days before the Oscars’

Which would you rather watch? (Picture: Michael Nelson/EPA/REX)

Bafta organisers have been fearing A-list celebrities won’t turn up to their event in London as it is six days before the Oscars in Hollywood.

The Baftas are being held at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 2 February but the clash could meat that less people turn up.

Can you picture a giant theatre hall with only a few celebrities awkwardly hanging about?

A film industry insider explained to The Sun’s Bizarre Column: ‘The Baftas used to attract the cream of the film elite but ever since the Oscars started moving things around it has become a nightmare.

‘Last year there were 15 days between the two ceremonies but now it’s less than a week, with the Oscars moving to February 9.

‘It’s caused absolute uproar among the top brass, who are seething about the date change.’

They continued: ‘Trying to get an A-lister, especially the Americans, to fly to the UK for the Baftas before having to leave almost immediately for the Oscars is going to be a nightmare.

The 2020 Oscars might stick to different celebs announcing winners (Picture: Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Graham is hosting the Baftas (Picture: Isabel Infantes/PA)

‘No one is under any illusions that some of the top talent — including stars like Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Renee Zellwegger, who are all tipped for nominations — might not bother.’

According to the insider, there have been meetings on how to convince actors to attend the event.

On the bright side, many phenomenal films have made the short-list for 2020.

Movies include Rapman’s Blue Story, Bait, Animals, Being Frank: The Chris Sievey Story, For Sama and many more.

Meanwhile, our favourite TV host Graham Norton will be hosting the awards ceremony in February, and we can’t wait to listen to his charm and quick wit.

The Oscars, on the other hand, might continue on its streak of not having a host since Kevin Hart stepped down after a string of allegedly homophobic tweets and controversial comedy skits.

The Baftas will take place on Sunday 2 February 2020.

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