BAFTAs Host David Tennant Recruits Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston and Judi Dench for ‘Staged’-Inspired Monologue

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BAFTAs Host David Tennant Recruits Michael Sheen, Tom Hiddleston and Judi Dench for ‘Staged’-Inspired Monologue

David Tennant roped in a host of celebrity friends for his opening monologue at the BAFTAs.

The 2024 show started with Tennant re-enacting his hit pandemic show “Staged” alongside Michael Sheen, the premise being that Sheen wanted Tennant to dog-sit his pup Bark Ruffalo on the same night as the BAFTAs. Tennant then tried to pass the dog to friends including Stanley Tucci, Himesh Patel, Tom Hiddleston and Judi Dench. With no one to palm him off on, Tennant turned up in person at the Royal Festival Hall in London with Bark Ruffalo in tow.

Taking to the stage Tennant joked his monologue was over three and a half hours long and that the evening was sure to go “smoother than Ken’s chest,” referring to the plastic doll played by Ryan Gosling in hit movie “Barbie.”

He also noted that the audience — wearing black tie and evening dresses — reminded him of the opening scene in “Saltburn.” But he added he hoped the end of the night wouldn’t be reminiscent of the movie’s final scene, which sees BAFTA lead actor nominee Barry Keoghan stripping off.

This year’s awards mark the first time Tennant has hosted the BAFTAs, with the “Doctor Who” star following last year’s host Richard E. Grant.

Speaking to Variety before the awards, Tennant said he’d taken notes from the recent Golden Globes ceremony, where host Jo Koy’s jokes — including one aimed at Taylor Swift — didn’t land well.

“Don’t diss Tay Tay, I think is the lesson to be learned,” he said. “I live in a house of Taylor Swift fans, so I know better.”

The BAFTA Awards take place at Royal Festival Hall in London. “Oppenheimer” leads the nominations with 13, followed by “Poor Things” with 11. Both are up for best film, while “Oppenheimer” also received nods for adapted screenplay, director for Christopher Nolan, supporting actress for Emily Blunt, supporting actor for Robert Downey Jr. and lead actor for Cillian Murphy. “Poor Things” is also competing for adapted screenplay, in addition to leading actress for Emma Stone and outstanding British film.

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