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British Academy Film Award

British Academy Film Awards
66th British Academy Film Awards
Awarded for The best in film
Country United Kingdom
First awarded 1947
Official website bafta.org

The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). It is often considered to be the British counterpart of the Academy Awards.[1][2][3] As of 2008, it has taken place in Central London at the Royal Opera House, the latter having taken over from the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square. The 66th British Academy Film Awards took place on 10 February 2013.

History

British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) was founded in 1947 as The British Film Academy, by David Lean, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed, Charles Laughton, Roger Manvell and others. In 1958, the Academy merged with The Guild of Television Producers and Directors to form The Society of Film and Television, which eventually became The British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976.

BAFTA's stated charitable remit is to "support, develop and promote the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public". In addition to high profile awards ceremonies BAFTA runs a year-round programme of educational events including film screenings and tribute evenings. BAFTA is supported by a membership of around 6,000 people from the film, television and video game industries.

The Academy's awards are in the form of a theatrical mask designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe, which was commissioned by the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.

Annual ceremony

The ceremony used to take place in April or May, but from 2002 onwards it takes place in February in order to precede the Oscars. The awards are mostly open to all nationalities, though there is an award for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards are also only for UK films.

The Awards ceremony is broadcast on a slight delay on British television the same evening (usually BBC One), and across the world.

Location

As of 2008, the ceremonies take place at the Royal Opera House; previously it had taken place (since 2000) in the flagship Odeon cinema on Leicester Square.

Sponsorship

The awards were sponsored by mobile network Orange until 2012. Since 2013, they have been sponsored by Orange's sister company, EE.

Awards categories (competitive)


  • Orange Rising Star Award (since 2006)

Retired awards

  • BAFTA Award for Best Newcomer to Leading Film Roles (awarded 1952–1984)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Screenplay (awarded 1969–1983)
  • BAFTA Award for Best British Screenplay (awarded 1955–1968)
  • BAFTA Award for Best British Actor (awarded 1952–1967)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actor (awarded 1952–1967)
  • BAFTA Award for Best British Actress (awarded 1952–1967)
  • BAFTA Award for Best Foreign Actress (awarded 1952–1967)

Other Awards (non-competitive)

  • BAFTA Fellowship (since 1971)
  • The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award (known as the Michael Balcon Award from 1979 to 2006)[4]

See also

References

External links

  • BAFTA Awards database
  • Museum of Broadcast Communications: BAFTA
  • IMDB: BAFTA
  • BAFTA Awards (British Academy Film Awards) on PIX

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