How to watch the 2012 BAFTA Awards live-streaming online? Well, if you’re in the United Kingdom, you might want to check out BBC3 at 7:30 p.m. London time for the red carpet arrivals (featuring a Louis Vuitton-clad Miss Piggy), and BBC1 at 9:00 p.m. London time for the actual BAFTA ceremony at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. If you’re elsewhere, things get more complicated. [Addendum: The BAFTA ceremony can be watched here right now. Watch BAFTA 2012 online live-streaming red carpet arrivals here, and later check out BAFTA 2012 winners.]
There’s also the BAFTA Awards online YouTube channel, though it’s unclear whether they’ll provide live coverage of the red carpet/awards ceremony or if clips will be posted there (however shortly) after the fact. Right now, all the BAFTA YouTube page says is the following: "The Orange British Academy Film Awards are on 12 February 2012. Watch our exclusive coverage right here, in the build up and on the night." Additionally, Stephen Fry provides some added tips on the video clip below (please scroll down). [Addendum: No live coverage at either site so far, as the red carpet arrivals have already begun.]
Else, other possibilities for watching the BAFTAs 2012 online are sites such as UStream, TV.com, livestream.com, and Justin.tv, which may offer user-generated streams showing the ceremony.
Presenters at the 2012 BAFTAs include Slumdog Millionaire’s Anil Kapoor, Skyfall’s Bérénice Marlohe and Naomie Harris, Sling Blade’s Billy Bob Thornton, Bridesmaids’ Chris O’Dowd,Bel Ami’s Christina Ricci and Holliday Grainger, The King’s Speech’s Colin Firth, and Red Tails’ Cuba Gooding Jr.
Also, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2/The Woman in Black’s Daniel Radcliffe, Johnny English Reborn’s Gillian Anderson, Captain America: The First Avenger’s Hayley Atwell, Alice in Wonderland’s Helena Bonham Carter, Man of Steel/The Immortals’ Henry Cavill, War Horse’s Jeremy Irvine, Albatross’ Jessica Brown Findlay, and Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm.
Plus The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo/Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows’ Noomi Rapace, Priest/Margin Call’s Paul Bettany, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides/To Rome with Love’s Penélope Cruz, Real Steel’s Hugh Jackman, and Robin Hood/Gladiator’s Russell Crowe.
BAFTA 2012 nominees include Moneyball’s Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy’s Gary Oldman and Tomas Alfredson, The Descendants’ George Clooney and Alexander Payne, Coriolanus’ Ralph Fiennes, Bridesmaids’ Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy, and The Iron Lady’s Meryl Streep and Jim Broadbent.
Also, Beginners’ Christopher Plummer, The Ides of March’s Philip Seymour Hoffman, The Guard’s John Michael Donagh, Midnight in Paris’ Woody Allen, Hugo’s Martin Scorsese, Shame’s Michael Fassbender, and We Need to Talk About Kevin’s Tilda Swinton and Lynne Ramsay.
And finally, The Help’s Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Tate Taylor, and Octavia Spencer; The Artist’s Bérénice Bejo, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean Dujardin; My Week with Marilyn’s Michelle Williams, Judi Dench, and Kenneth Branagh; Drive’s Ryan Gosling, Nicolas Winding Refn, and Carey Mulligan;and Orange Rising Star nominees Adam Deacon, Chris Hemsworth, Eddie Redmayne, Tom Hiddleston, and the aforementioned Chris O’Dowd.
BAFTA mask photo: British Academy of Film and Television