Wednesday, April 24, 2024

“Belfast” Director, Oscar Nominee Actor, Movie Exec All Felled by COVID at BAFTA Awards


We knew this story earlier on Saturday but kept it quiet because it was a health issue.

But now apparently the beans have been spilled: many people who attended the BAFTA Awards in London last Sunday have tested positive for COVID. And it’s one with a lot of symptoms.

“Belfast” director Kenneth Branagh, star Ciaran Hinds, and at least one movie exec have all been felled. Branagh is missing tonight’s PGA Awards in Hollywood because of it.

The news was broken by young Jude Hill, the kid actor from “Belfast.” He let it slip on the red carpet.

Branagh’s sickness was tipped off today when he Zoomed into a PGA lunch panel rather than appear live.

COVID is not over despite people taking off masks and carrying on like it’s the end of the world. A new variant is out there, and about to make everything bad again unless people go with the protocols. Get vaxxed!


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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