The BAFTAs May Have Been a COVID-19 Super-Spreader Event

March 21, 2022 / Posted by: Allison

Rebel Wilson hosted the 2022 British Academy Film Awards ceremony, also known as the BAFTAs, last Sunday, and in hindsight she might have had to do the entire performance in an extra form-fitting N95 mask. Because according to sources, many people tested positive for COVID in the days after the BAFTAs. Someone may not have gone home with an award, but chances are they went home with a runny nose, fever, cough, or persistent body aches. And the only reason we really know anything about this is that the Producers Guild of America Awards were held six days later and the turnout was suspiciously low.

This rumor comes from various entertainment journalists and anonymous sources. Essentially Oscar’s British cousin, the BAFTAs took place on March 13 and it’s the biggest night in British cinema. The PGAs were held in Los Angeles on March 19, and according to some sources, many PGA-nominated directors and producers skipped the ceremony due to some alleged COVID cases.

The Hollywood Reporter has done a bit of digging and they too want to know if the BAFTAs were responsible for a sudden surge in showbiz-based COVID infections. A source reported that the missing persons at the PGAs may have been because they were all at home, coughing and sneezing up their asses. But it could also be that no one wants to get sick during Oscars week. So the missing PGA visitors may have just shown”an abundance of caution” leading up to March 27. But another source who spoke to THR who tested positive after attending the BAFTAs said it feels like the BAFTAs were indeed a super-distributed event. At least the cast and crew of Belfast not having the best week. via THR:

One of those who tested positive after attending the BAFTA ceremony was the Belfast director-producer Kenneth Branagh, who was one of 10 speakers at the PGA’s annual breakfast panel. No explanation was given as to why Branagh participated virtually – at least he looked fine – but later that evening THR confirmed that the filmmaker had tested positive for the past few days. Branagh was not the only one on the BAFTA Belfast team to contract the virus. co-star Ciaran Hinds also tested positive, as did a handful or more other people involved in the film.

But if you’re to believe this one source who spoke to THR, the Oscars red carpet could be pretty quiet on Sunday.

“Literally everyone I speak to right now says they have it,” says one.

It might be a little early to accuse Miss BAFTA of pulling a Typhoid Mary. There were many social and networking events surrounding the BAFTAs that could have contributed to a potential contagion, such as a BAFTA nominees party the day before, an AMPAS party held a few hours before the BAFTAs, and a dinner hosted by Chanel after the ceremony. . Or any of the other parties that happened, apparently:

“One person I know who got it had been to seven different parties,” said one publicist, who has also contracted COVID-19.

No masks were required for the BAFTAs, but attendees were required to show evidence of a negative rapid antigen test when they exited their limousine and arrived at the show. The PGAs demanded that, but also a vaccination certificate. And the Oscars, well – they don’t need anything but glamour! Although something tells me that if the BAFTAs were any indication, a lot of people are about to walk the red carpet in full Valentino and Dior hazmat suits, and a lot of acceptance speeches will start with: “I want to thank my immune system for my biggest support this week!

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