2018 BAFTA Awards: What time does the show start, who will win, who is hosting and presenting?

The 2018 BAFTA Awards begin at the Royal Albert Hall in London at 7:00 pm Sunday (Feb. 18). However, the BBC won’t air the show until 9 pm local time. And it won’t go out on BBC America until 5 pm PT/8 pm ET. But we will have the results here at Gold Derby as they unfold, beginning at 11:00 am PT/2:00 pm ET. Throughout the day, be sure to join the live discussion in our message boards. And then check back here after the results are in for our analysis of what these wins (and losses) at the BAFTAs mean for the Oscars.

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Joanna Lumley (“Absolutely Fabulous”) takes over hosting duties from Stephen Fry, who emceed for the last 12 years running. One highlight of the evening is sure to be Ridley Scott receiving the BAFTA Fellowship. It is this group’s version of a lifetime achievement award, and will be presented by BAFTA patron Prince William.

While “The Shape of Water” leads among BAFTA nominees with an even dozen bids, we are predicting that it will only take home three awards: Best Director (Guillermo Del Toro), Best Production Design and Best Score. The big winner will be  “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” which will claim Best Picture, Best Actress (Frances McDormand), Best Supporting Actor (Sam Rockwell), Best Original Screenplay (Martin McDonagh) and Best British Film.

Our predictions are based on our exclusive BAFTA odds, which are derived from predictions by expert journalists who cover film awards, our in-house team of editors, site users who scored the best predicting these winners in the past, and thousands of readers like you.

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Only two other films, both of which are docudramas about the early days of WWII, are expected to win multiple awards. “Darkest Hour,” which chronicles Winston Churchill‘s leadership during the evacuation of Allied soldiers from the beaches of France, is expected to prevail in two of its nine races: Best Actor (Gary Oldman) and Best Makeup and Hair. And “Dunkirk,” which tells the same story from the soldiers’ perspectives, will win two of eight: Best Film Editing and Best Sound.

The roster of presenters includes: Gemma Arterton, Orlando Bloom, Sam Claflin, Bryan Cranston, Natalie Dormer, Taron Egerton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rebecca Ferguson, Karen Gillan, Naomie Harris, Salma Hayek, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Hoult, Isabelle Huppert, Lily James, Jennifer Lawrence, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lupita Nyong’o, Sergei Polunin, Will Poulter, Andrea Riseborough, Sir Patrick Stewart, Mark Strong, Hayley Squires, Tom Taylor, Anya Taylor-Joy, Rachel Weisz and Letitia Wright.

Be sure to make your BAFTA predictions so that studio executives and top name stars can see how their films are faring in our odds. Don’t be afraid to jump in now since you can keep changing your predictions until just before winners are announced on February 18. And join in the fierce debate over the 2018 BAFTAs taking place right now with Hollywood insiders in our film forums. Read more Gold Derby entertainment news.

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