Viewers also got a sneak peek of some of the nominees after acclaimed photographer Rankin visited many to capture portraits for the show.
Additionally, Luther and The Wire star Idris Elba OBE will be receiving a special BAFTA for his creative contribution to television and commitment to championing diversity.
Elba said: “It’s a great privilege to be honoured with the BAFTA Special Award.
“It’s been a mission of mine to provide opportunity and access to emerging talent from diverse backgrounds in this industry, which is the same opportunity I received many years ago from open minded and diversity conscious casting.
“I thank BAFTA for recognizing myself and others who are dedicated to the same cause, as these are all necessary steps towards helping to shift the awareness and understanding of the diversity gap in entertainment.”
The British Film and Television Academy Awards will be taking place tonight on BBC One at 7pm