We’ve enjoyed a veritable smorgasbord of high profile awards shows over the last few weeks – the Oscars and BAFTAs, the Grammys and BRITs. The nominations are hotly contested; opinion is always divided over who should have won – and lately, extra security is employed to prevent Kanye West from stage-crashing. The one thing that everyone CAN agree on is that an awards show lives and dies by the performance of its host. And – arguably – the reviews have been fairly muted, this season. So is it time to look around for new hosts? Stephen Fry has hosted the BAFTAs for a decade – but he cut his teeth on corporate awards ceremonies, as countless other celebrity speakers do. Many see it as good preparation for when they finally get that call – so who are the hottest celebrity speakers? And who should you therefore put your money on for the next BAFTA gig?
The smart money would be on Graham Norton, who already hosts the Television BAFTAs. We’ve worked with Graham for nearly 20 years – and although he’s somewhat busier nowadays, he is always a delight to work with. After his most recent booking, our clients said he was “a dream. Really easy to work with, really professional, and above all an amazing host.”
Stephen is probably the best awards host I’ve ever seen, of the many celebrity speakers I’ve worked with. His sheer energy and enthusiasm is infectious – and the absolute glee on his face as he gets a double high-five from award winners is quite something. Actually – we were sent a brilliant photo of Stephen receiving a VERY enthusiastic embrace from one winner. Check it out here.
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Jimmy is fresh off a triumphant year starring in BBC1’s harrowing drama The Missing, as well as the Danny Boyle C4 show Babylon. He works with a scriptwriter to tailor each corporate awards ceremony introduction – often starting with a song. In the public sphere, Jimmy has hosted the BIFA film awards, and is a regular host for the GQ Awards – so he’s already used to commanding the attention of a rowdy bunch of A-listers!
Dara takes a great delight in hosting corporate awards ceremonies – watch his interview to hear about the killer routine he worked out for the Heating and Ventilation Awards. Dara’s touring schedule is such that he’ll spend one year on tour, and then one year doing corporate awards ceremonies and after dinner gigs. 2015 is a tour year – so you’ll most likely have to find other celebrity speakers for your events this year!
Rob could be the dark horse of this race: he’s hosted the BAFTA LA Britannia awards for the last two years – even if, as he told me, the audience weren’t entirely sure who he was! Rob is always keen for the opportunity to crack out a few of his superlative impressions of other celebrity speakers – particularly if the subjects themselves are sat in the audience…
Honorable mention – given his new role at The Late Late Show, surely it’s only a matter of time before James Corden goes up for the Oscars gig…?