BAFTA Unveils New Awards Venue, Confirms Stephen Fry as Host

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The biggest film awards outside of the U.S. will take place at the iconic Royal Albert Hall.

Stephen Fry has underlined his status as the Bob Hope of the BAFTAs, having been named as host for the next awards ceremony for a 12th time (although he's still a bit short of Hope's Oscar tally of 18 emcee stints).

The British actor and TV personality is set to host the biggest film awards outside of the U.S. on Feb. 12, with organizers on Monday also revealing a new venue: London's Royal Albert Hall.

Cirque de Soleil, which will be in residence at the iconic concert hall at the time, will perform at the ceremony.

“Both BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall enjoy a long history of showcasing world-class talent, making this iconic and treasured building the perfect fit for the film awards," BAFTA chief executive Amanda Berry said in a statement. "I am also thrilled we have the opportunity to work with Cirque du Soleil, during its season at the Royal Albert Hall, and have no doubt that next year’s ceremony will be all the more magical for this creative collaboration.”

Daniel Lamarre, Cirque du Soleil's president and CEO, added: "To have the opportunity to be part of the BAFTA ceremony and join our longtime partner the Royal Albert Hall in a celebration of Britain’s best film talents is both a great honor and a source of inspiration.”

The BAFTA film nominations will be announced on Jan. 10.

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