HRH THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE: Good evening everyone.
As President of BAFTA, I am extremely proud to see the work that BAFTA undertakes year-round to provide opportunities and support for talented people to develop successful careers in film, games and television.
One of these programmes is Breakthrough, a year-long mentoring and guidance initiative which helps people achieve their true potential. It’s wonderful that there are more than thirty participants from Breakthrough UK in the audience this evening. Two of them, Aleem Khan and Jessie Buckley, are nominated for awards tonight. They join an impressive list of young talent, including Bukky Bakray and Florence Pugh, as well as Paapa Essiedu and Ray Panthaki who are closely involved with BAFTA-nominated films.
BAFTA hopes to inspire and support future generations from all walks of life to become the filmmakers of the future. And I hope that for some of those watching these awards, that journey starts today.
Congratulations to all the nominees and winners. I wish you all a wonderful evening.