Stephen Fry to Host BAFTA Awards for Ninth Time

2:46 AM PST 11/21/2013 by Stuart Kemp
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The veteran writer and comedian returns to front the U.K.'s biggest, glitziest and most prestigious film awards show.

LONDON – U.K. writer, broadcaster and comedian Stephen Fry is returning as host of the Orange British Academy Film Awards for the 2014 event.

It marks the ninth time he will front the U.K.'s biggest, glitziest and most prestigious film awards show.

Fry said he was "really thrilled and honored to have been asked to host the EE British Academy Film Awards again." He added: "Despite the nerves and terror that something might go wrong and that I'll make a fool of myself, it's an annual event I really look forward to."

He also emphasized his love of movies.

"Film is one of the arts that most spreads the essence of our identity around the world, and our admiration and appreciation of global filmmaking ensures that the EE British Academy Film Awards sit comfortably on the world stage of film awards events honoring the best of the best," he said.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) will dish out its movie honors on Feb. 16 at the Royal Opera House in London’s Covent Garden.

Last year’s BBC One show enjoyed its highest ratings since 2004. The ceremony will be broadcast exclusively on BBC One in the U.K. and in all major territories around the world.

The BBC One broadcast will be preceded by a red carpet show on BBC Three.

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