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Ceremony takes place on Feb. 16 at London's Royal Opera House

LONDON — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has announced that Stephen Fry will again host the British Academy Film Awards on Feb. 16 at the Royal Opera House in London. It will be the ninth time that Fry has hosted the ceremony.

Fry said: “I am really thrilled and honored to have been asked to host the (awards) again. 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.

“I think it’s fundamentally because I love film so much. 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 (awards) sit comfortably on the world stage of film awards events honoring the best of the best.”

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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