BAFTA TV Awards 2021: AJ Odudu wears feathered gown on red carpet

The BAFTA Awards will make history on Sunday as stars who weren’t able to attend the event are beamed onto the red carpet in hologram form. 

And AJ Odudu – who attended in person – looked stunning as she stepped out on the red carpet in a red feathered one-shoulder gown at the awards on Sunday.

The TV presenter, 33, looked sensational as she posed in the statement ruby gown and white stilettos.

Flawless: AJ Odudu looked stunning as she stepped out on the red carpet in a red feathered one-shoulder gown at the BAFTA awards on Sunday

AJ took to the carpet with confidence as she worked her angles for the camera in the feathered gown, which featured a sultry backless detail. 

She accessorised with a selection of glittering Bulgari jewellery, including a diamond bangle, choker and dinky earrings.

The presenter wore her raven tresses in a sleek bob, which she tucked behind her ears as she beamed for photographers. 

Oozing glamour, AJ looked radiant in the jewel toned ensemble and opted for a  natural makeup look as she let the statement outfit speak for itself. 

Turning heads: The TV presenter, 33, looked sensational as she posed in the statement ruby gown and white stilettos

Turning heads: The TV presenter, 33, looked sensational as she posed in the statement ruby gown and white stilettos  

This year, BAFTA will be beaming celebrities that can’t attend onto the red carpet as holograms.

And ceremony hosts Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope will introduce the hologram guests to those actually at the socially distanced ceremony.

Of her red carpet role, Vick revealed last week: ‘If you’re anything like me, over the last year your WhatsApp groups will have been nonstop about a recent episode or moment in the latest TV drama, documentary, reality or even cooking show.

Gorgeous: AJ took to the carpet with confidence as she worked her angles for the camera in the feathered gown, which featured a sultry backless detail

Gorgeous: AJ took to the carpet with confidence as she worked her angles for the camera in the feathered gown, which featured a sultry backless detail

‘It’s made me fall in love with TV all over again, and it’s because of this that I think that the Virgin Media BAFTAs feels extra special this year.

‘To be able to chat directly with the TV fans who have voted for their favourite Must-See Moment nominee and connect them to their favourite stars via holograms live on the red carpet will be a unique, once in a lifetime experience.

‘I’m so excited to bring a bit of this magic to the fans at home, it’s going to be an emotional one.’

Jewels: She accessorised with a selection of glittering jewellery, including a diamond bangle, choker and dinky earrings

Jewels: She accessorised with a selection of glittering jewellery, including a diamond bangle, choker and dinky earrings

COVID-19 restrictions mean TV fans can’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual this year and some nominees won’t be able to attend because of filming bubbles.   

Sunday’s BAFTA TV Awards celebrated and rewarded the very best programmes and performances of 2020. 

The evening was hosted by Richard Ayoade and featured performances by Years & Years and Alexis Ffrench 

While Line Of Duty’s Adrian Dunbar, Bill Bailey, Jon Snow, Oti Mabuse, Rob Beckett, Rose Matafeo, Sanjeev Bhaskar, and Zawe Ashton acted as presenters.

Winner: Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel (pictured middle)

Winner: Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel (pictured middle) 

Other guest presenters – Catherine O’Hara, Jon Snow, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Jamie Demetriou, Tommy Jessop, Bob Mortimer and Paul Whitehouse – appeared via video call during the ceremony. 

Following its three wins at the British Academy Television Craft Awards in May, I May Destroy You, won two more BAFTAs on Sunday, for Mini-Series and Leading Actress for Michaela Coel.

The drama series follows a woman who seeks to rebuild her life after a sexual assault.

Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega leads this year's nominations with 15 nods

Serious: The five-part series also stars Letitia Wright among a vast cast

Big hit: Small Axe starring John Boyega (left) and Letitia Wright (right) led the nominations with 15 nods, with Malachi Kirby winning on the night for his performance in the Supporting Actor category

Elsewhere, the Leading Actor award was won by first-time nominee Paul Mescal for his performance as Connell in Normal People.

Malachi Kirby, another first-time winner, won for his performance in Small Axe in the Supporting Actor category. Small Axe had led this year’s nominations with 15 nods.

And Small Axe – which features five films that tell stories about lives of West Indian immigrants in London from the 1960s to the 1980s – also picked up two Leading Actor nominations with John Boyega and Shaun Parkes both receiving nods.

Rakie Ayola also won her first BAFTA for Supporting Actress for her performance in Anthony.

Another first-time nominee, Aimee Lou Wood scooped a gong in Female Performance in a Comedy Programme for playing Aimee Gibbs in Sex Education. 

Coming-of-age drama: First-time nominee Paul Mescal scooped the gong for Leading Actor for his performance as Connell in Normal People (pictured with co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)

Coming-of-age drama: First-time nominee Paul Mescal scooped the gong for Leading Actor for his performance as Connell in Normal People (pictured with co-star Daisy Edgar Jones)

In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations - four for TV and six for the craft categories - including a nod for the Drama Series accolade

In the running: The Crown received 10 nominations – four for TV and six for the craft categories – including a nod for the Drama Series accolade

Male Performance in a Comedy Programme was awarded to Charlie Cooper for his performance in This Country. 

Comedian Romesh Ranganathan received the BAFTA for Entertainment Performance for The Ranganation.

Save Me Too received the BAFTA for Drama Series and Sitting in Limbo won for Single Drama.

The Big Narstie Show won Comedy Entertainment Programme, its first win following its previous nomination in 2019. And the BAFTA for Entertainment Programme was awarded to Life & Rhymes while Scripted Comedy was awarded to Inside No 9.      

Nominated: Jodie Comer was nominated for the Leading Actress award for her role in Killing Eve

Tough competition: Billie Piper was also in the running for her role as the central character in I Hate Suzie

Tough competition: Jodie Comer (left in Killing Eve) went head-to-head with Billie Piper (right in I Hate Suzie) for Leading Actress however it was Michaela Coel who won

The School That Tried to End Racism received the BAFTA for Reality & Constructed Factual. Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace won in the Features category. They Saw the Sun First won the BAFTA for Short Form Programme.

Casualty was awarded the BAFTA for Soap & Continuing Drama, its first since 2018. The Great House Giveaway won the BAFTA in the new Daytime category.

News Coverage was awarded to Sky News’ Inside Idlib, and the award for Current Affairs was presented to America’s War on Abortion (Exposure). International was awarded to Welcome to Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville).

Once Upon a Time in Iraq received the BAFTA for Factual Series, Locked In: Breaking the Silence (Storyville) won Single Documentary and The Surgeon’s Cut won Specialist Factual.

Achievement: Diversity's controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) won the BAFTA Television Awards 2021's Must-See Moment award

Achievement: Diversity’s controversial BGT Black Lives Matter routine (pictured) won the BAFTA Television Awards 2021’s Must-See Moment award

Drama: Bridgerton's Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist however lost out on the night to Diversity's BGT routine

Drama: Bridgerton’s Lady Whistledown shock twist, which revealed Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan, pictured) as the mysterious gossip, was also on the shortlist however lost out on the night to Diversity’s BGT routine

England V West Indies Test Cricket triumphed in the Sport category, while the award for Live Event was presented to Springwatch 2020. 

And Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment, the only award voted for by the public, was scooped by Britain’s Got Talent for the moment when Diversity performed a routine inspired by the events of 2020. 

The category also saw nods to Penelope Featherington (Nicola Coughlan) being revealed as Lady Whistledown in Bridgerton and when Luke Skywalker appeared in the climax of The Mandalorian’s second season. 

It was revealed earlier this week the awards show would beam celebrities who can’t attend in person onto the red carpet as holograms.  

Presenters Stacey Dooley and Vick Hope introduced the hologram guests to those actually at the socially distanced ceremony.

Covid restrictions meant TV fans couldn’t be in attendance on the red carpet as usual and some nominees weren’t able to attend because of filming bubbles.

In an attempt to ensure everyone can access the awards, Virgin Media beamed them onto the red carpet through the latest hologram technology.  

Ahead of Sunday’s ceremony, it was also reported that BAFTA TV had ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards. 

Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly 'temporarily paused' Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations

Suspended: BAFTA TV have reportedly ‘temporarily paused’ Fellowships and Special Awards after Noel Clarke was suspended from BAFTA amid sexual harassment and bullying allegations

It comes after Noel Clarke, who has been accused by more than 20 women of sexual harassment and bullying, was suspended from BAFTA amid the allegations after he won the Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema award in April.

It was recently reported the British Academy of Film and Television Awards spent two weeks deciding how best to respond to allegations against Clarke, 45, prior to presenting him with one of its highest honours. 

According to reports, bosses have suspended ‘all the individual honours’ which are ‘in the gift of the Academy’ ahead of the ceremony, with The Mirror stating bosses are fearing giving an award to another scandal-ridden industry figure.

The Mirror claims a message was sent to members last week which explained that BAFTA were ‘reviewing its selection protocols for its prestigious solo accolades’. 

The publication reported that the message said: ‘We wanted to let you know that while we review the processes behind selecting the awards that are “in the gift of the Academy” – the Special Awards and Fellowships – we have temporarily paused these kinds of awards and they will not feature in Sunday’s ceremony.’ 

The Mirror claims that the only other time a TV Fellowship was ‘given and then cancelled’ was Rolf Harris.

The disgraced children’s entertainer was stripped of his BAFTA Fellowship after he was convicted of 12 indecent assaults at Southwark Crown Court in June 2014, and was sentenced to six years behind bars.

Harris was released from HMP Stafford on parole in May 2017 after serving just three years of his sentence. 

Over the years, a collection of people have been awarded a BAFTA Fellowship, the highest accolade the Academy can bestow, including Joan Bakewell, Kate Adie, Jon Snow, Julie Walters and Joanna Lumley.

While the likes of Idris Elba, Lenny Henry and the late Cilla Black have previously won a Special Award during the ceremony.

However, the BAFTA website states that awards ‘in the gift of the Academy’ are ‘presented at the discretion of the BAFTA Television Committee; therefore they may not all be presented in any given year’.

MailOnline contacted BAFTA for comment at the time.         

BAFTA TV Awards 2021: Winners

 Drama Series 

Save Me Too  

Drama Series:  Save Me Too starring Suranne Jonea and Lennie James

Drama Series:  Save Me Too starring Suranne Jonea and Lennie James

Leading Actor

Paul Mescal – Normal People   

Leading Actor: Paul Mescal in  Normal People

Leading Actor: Paul Mescal in  Normal People

Leading Actress

Michaela Coel – I May Destroy You 

Leading Actress: Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You

Leading Actress: Michaela Coel in I May Destroy You

Supporting Actor 

Malachi Kirby – Small Axe

Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby in  Small Axe

Supporting Actor: Malachi Kirby in  Small Axe 

Supporting Actress

Rakie Ayola – Anthony

Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola in Anthony

Supporting Actress: Rakie Ayola in Anthony

Comedy Entertainment Programme 

The Big Narstie Show  

Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show

Comedy Entertainment Programme: The Big Narstie Show

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme

Aimee Lou Wood – Sex Education 

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood in Sex Education

Female Performance In A Comedy Programme: Aimee Lou Wood in Sex Education

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme

Charlie Cooper – This Country

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper in This Country

Male Performance In A Comedy Programme: Charlie Cooper in This Country

Mini-Series 

I May Destroy You

Mini-Series: I May Destroy You starring Michaela Coel and Weruche Opia

Mini-Series: I May Destroy You starring Michaela Coel and Weruche Opia 

Current Affairs

America’s War On Abortion (Exposure) 

Current Affairs: America's War On Abortion (Exposure)

Current Affairs: America’s War On Abortion (Exposure)

Daytime 

The Great House Giveaway

Daytime The Great House Giveaway

Daytime The Great House Giveaway 

Entertainment Performance

Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation 

Entertainment Performance Romesh Ranganathan - The Ranganation

Entertainment Performance Romesh Ranganathan – The Ranganation

 Entertainment Programme 

Life & Rhymes

Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes

Entertainment Programme: Life & Rhymes

Factual Series 

Once Upon A Time In Iraq 

Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Factual Series: Once Upon A Time In Iraq

Features 

Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

Features: Long Lost Family: Born Without Trace

News Coverage 

Sky News: Inside Idlib 

News Coverage: Sky News: Inside Idlib

News Coverage: Sky News: Inside Idlib

Reality & Constructed Factual 

The School That Tried To End Racism

Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism

Reality & Constructed Factual: The School That Tried To End Racism

Single Drama

Sitting In Limbo

Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo

Single Drama: Sitting In Limbo

Soap & Continuing Drama

Casualty

Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty

Soap & Continuing Drama: Casualty

International

Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

International: Welcome To Chechnya: The Gay Purge (Storyville)

Live Event 

Springwatch

Live Event: Springwatch

Live Event: Springwatch

Scripted Comedy 

Inside No. 9

Scripted Comedy: Inside No. 9

Scripted Comedy: Inside No. 9

Short Form Programme

They Saw The Sun First 

Short Form Programme: They Saw The Sun First

Short Form Programme: They Saw The Sun First

Single Documentary

Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Single Documentary: Locked In: Breaking The Silence (Storyville)

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment (Voted For By The Public)

Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020

Virgin Media's Must-See Moment: Britain's Got Talent - Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020

Virgin Media’s Must-See Moment: Britain’s Got Talent – Diversity Perform A Routine Inspired By The Events Of 2020 

 

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