A spokesperson from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts has told The Hollywood Reporter that the BAFTA Film Awards will likely be moved forward starting in 2020 following the Oscars’ decision to move their broadcast date forward by two weeks to 9th February, the slot the BAFTAs would usually fill on the awards season calendar.
Arguably the 2nd biggest awards show in film, the BAFTA Film Awards have been held ahead of the Oscars since 2001, and if the ceremony is to be held in conjunction with the two week gap of recent years, then the 2020 ceremony will likely be held on 26th January in 2020.
The spokesperson from BAFTA said the following:
“We are now looking at the timeline for the British Academy Film Awards, and will consult with the industry, before announcing our date for 2020. Our intention will be to stay ahead of the Oscars, as we have been since 2001.”
This revelation follows a series of announcements from the USA’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, including the election of this year’s president, a change to the telecast of the Oscars and an introduction of a new “best popular movie” award.