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Actress-comedian Rebel Wilson to host BAFTAs on March 13

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‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Pitch Perfect’ star, and body positivity advocate, Rebel Wilson will host the British Academy of Film & Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards on March 13.

The Australian actress, who has been living and working in Hollywood for more than a decade, “stole the show” at the 2020 BAFTAs, recalls ‘Variety’.

In her “a gag-filled speech” while presenting the award for best director, she managed to mention Prince Harry, Prince Andrew, coronavirus (then still but a conceptual threat), the lack of swag bags, ‘Cats’ (in which she had starred) and the absence of women nominated for best director.

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That was before the actress, best remembered for her character ‘Fat Amy’ in ‘Pitch Perfect’, had lost 60 pounds last year.

The 2020 BAFTAs took place semi-virtually and were hosted by British presenters Edith Bowman and Dermot O’Leary.

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“I look at the exceptional, daring talent nominated in this category and I don’t think I could do what they do,” Wilson had said of the all-male nominees. “Honestly, I just don’t have the b***s.”

Reacting to the announcement that she was going to host the BAFTAs, Wilson said with her characteristic humour: “I am very honoured to be hosting the EE British Academy Film Awards in March, where Covid will no longer exist because it will clearly have been cancelled by then.”

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She added: “It’s going to be so much fun! I don’t wanna put any pressure on this — I know I’m not going to be funny because I am no longer fat. And besides, I’m not going to ‘sweat-it’ with nerves because I have a peculiar medical condition where I can’t sweat … or cause offence to people because of my adorable Australian accent.”

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