Bafta film awards will take place without a live audience

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The 74th British Academy Film Awards (Baftas) will take place on 11 April without a live audience.

The awards, which honour the best British and international contributions to film, is held annually at the Royal Albert Hall with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge usually in attendance. Prince William is the President of the Baftas.

Amanda Berry, chief executive of Bafta, said that an audience sadly "is not allowed in these times", reports the Press Association.

"There is still a lot of work to do, but it's really exciting because, when you are forced to do something in a different way, it challenges you to think, 'OK, we are a creative bunch, how can we do this?'" she said.

On Wednesday, Bukky Bakray, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Morfydd Clark, Dirisu and Conrad Khan were announced as the nominees for the EE Rising Star Award. The winner is chosen by a public vote.

The Golden Globes kicked off Hollywood's award season on Sunday with a virtual and in-person hybrid ceremony. 

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