BAFTAs moved to Feb. 25 for higher profile

LONDON — Stephen Fry, the writer and actor best known to international audiences for his leading role in “Wilde,” will host this year’s British Academy Film Awards.

The awards, known as the BAFTAs, have been moved to Feb. 25, a month ahead of the Oscars, from their old April slot two weeks after the Academy Awards. The new positioning is set to give the event a much higher profile than before, both in Britain and in Hollywood.

The ceremony will take place at the Odeon Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End, as it did last year.

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