2018 BAFTA TV Awards preview: Will ‘The Crown’ reign again after craft wins?

As with the Emmys, BAFTA divides its TV awards into two parts, with the main ceremony taking place in London on Sunday, May 12. At the craft awards on April 22, the big winners were the drama series “Game of Thrones” and “The Crown” and the limited series “Three Girls.”

“The Crown” contends in the marquee category of Best Drama Series against “The End of the F***ing World,” “Line of Duty” and “Peaky Blinders.” “Line of Duty” and “The Crown” also picked up bids for Best Actress, in Thandie Newton and Claire Foy, respectively. The four acting categories on the drama side are highly competitive as they include performances in series, limited series and telefilms.

“The Crown” scene-stealer Vanessa Kirby contends in supporting for her portrayal of Princess Margaret. And the Best Actor race also features a thespian nominated for playing a royal, with the late Tim Pigott-Smith cited for “King Charles III.” He vies against Sean Bean for “Broken,” Joe Cole for “Black Mirror – Hang the DJ,” and Jack Rowan for “Born to Kill.”

SEE 2018 BAFTA TV Craft Awards: Full winners list led by ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Crown,’ ‘Three Girls’

“Game of Thrones” could continue its BAFTA hot streak with its nomination for Must See Moment – its scene where Viserion is killed by the Night King snagged that nod. That’s a tough category, though, with the revealing of the 13th Doctor in “Doctor Who” and Ariana Grande singing “One Last Time” at the “One Love Manchester” concert also in the running.

It’s TV’s biggest night in Britain and all of our national treasures will be out in force. Ant and Dec picked up their usual nominations for Best Entertainment Programme (though it remains to be seen if either of them will be making an appearance following Ant’s personal crisis), while Graham Norton and Michael McIntyre are both nominated for Best Entertainment Performance for “The Graham Norton Show” and “Michael McIntyre’s Big Show,” respectively.

SEE 2018 BAFTA TV Awards nominations: ‘The Crown’ reigns again, ‘Black Mirror’ shines

The Best International Show category provides the night with some of its biggest names with the Emmy-winning limited series “Big Little Lies” and drama series “The Handmaid’s Tale” in the running as are the limited series “Feud: Bette and Joan” and the documentary series “The Vietnam War.” Last year, Cuba Gooding Jr. accepted this award last year on behalf of his winning show, “The People vs O.J. Simpson.” Maybe this year the Royal Festival Hall will be graced with the presence of “Big Little Lies” leading ladies Nicole Kidman and Reese Witherspoon, “Feud” rivals Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange, or “Handmaid’s Tale” stars Elisabeth Moss and Joseph Fiennes. One can hope.

The ceremony, emceed by one-time “The Great British Bake Off” host Sue Perkins, will kick off at 6:45 p.m. in London, with the tape-delayed broadcast beginning on the BBC at 8 p.m. local time.

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