British Academy Film Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts or BAFTA Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) to honour the best British and international contributions to film. The ceremonies were initially held at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square in London, before being held at the Royal Opera House from 2008 to 2016. Since 2017, the ceremony has been held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

British Academy Film Awards
British Academy Film Awards logo
Awarded forThe best in film
Country United Kingdom
First awarded29 May 1949
Websitebafta.org

History

The 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.

The stated charitable purpose of BAFTA 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 about 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, in response to a commission from the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.

Annual ceremony

BAFTA 2008
The location for the 2008 ceremony.

The ceremony previously took place in April or May, but since 2001 it has been held in February in order to precede the Academy Awards. Most of the awards are open to all nationalities, though there are awards for Outstanding British Film and Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Producer or Director. Only UK films are eligible for the categories of The British Short Film and British Short Animation awards.

The Awards ceremony is delayed broadcast on British television the same evening (usually on BBC One), and across the world. In the United States it is shown on BBC America. It has been broadcast in colour since 1970.

During each annual ceremony, BAFTA pauses in memoriam to pay tribute to those in the industry who have died over the past 12 months, showcasing a montage of images accompanied by music.

Location

The award ceremony is held in London. From 2000 to 2007, the ceremonies took place at the flagship Odeon cinema in Leicester Square. Between 2008 and 2016, the ceremonies took place at the Royal Opera House. The 70th Awards in 2017, and subsequent ceremonies, were held at the Royal Albert Hall.

Sponsorship

Until 2012, the mobile telephone network Orange sponsored the awards. Orange's parent company, EE, took over the sponsorship of the event from 2013.

Award categories

Retired awards

Special awards

Ceremonies

Event Date Host
1st 29 May 1949
2nd 29 May 1949
3rd 29 May 1950
4th 22 February 1951
5th 8 May 1952
6th 5 March 1953
7th 25 March 1954
8th 10 March 1955
9th 1 March 1956 Vivien Leigh
10th 11 July 1957
11th 6 March 1958
12th 1959
13th 22 March 1960
14th 6 April 1961
15th 5 April 1962
16th 7 May 1963
17th 3 April 1964
18th 1965
19th 1966
20th 1967
21st 28 March 1968
22nd 26 March 1969
23rd 8 March 1970
24th 4 March 1971
25th 23 February 1972
26th 28 February 1973
27th 6 March 1974
28th 26 February 1975
29th 17 March 1976
30th 24 March 1977 Esther Rantzen
Roger Moore
31st 16 March 1978
32nd 22 March 1979 Sue Lawley
Michael York
33rd 20 March 1980
34th 22 March 1981
35th 18 March 1982
36th 20 March 1983 Frank Bough
Selina Scott
37th 25 March 1984
38th 5 March 1985 Terry Wogan
39th 16 March 1986
40th 22 March 1987 Ronnie Corbett
Ronnie Barker
41st March 1988 Michael Aspel
42nd 19 March 1989 David Dimbleby
Anna Ford
43rd 11 March 1990 Magnus Magnusson
Sally Magnusson
44th 17 March 1991 Noel Edmunds
45th 22 March 1992 Michael Aspel
46th 21 March 1993 Griff Rhys Jones
47th 15 April 1994 Sheena McDonald
48th 9 April 1995 Billy Connolly
49th 23 April 1996 Angus Deayton
50th 29 April 1997 Lenny Henry
51st 18 April 1998 Rory Bremner
52nd 11 April 1999 Jonathan Ross
53rd 9 April 2000 Jack Docherty
54th 25 February 2001 Stephen Fry
Mariella Frostrup
55th 24 February 2002 Stephen Fry
56th 23 February 2003
57th 15 February 2004
58th 12 February 2005
59th 19 February 2006
60th 11 February 2007 Jonathan Ross
61st 10 February 2008
62nd 8 February 2009
63rd 21 February 2010
64th 13 February 2011
65th 12 February 2012 Stephen Fry
66th 10 February 2013
67th 16 February 2014
68th 8 February 2015
69th 14 February 2016
70th 12 February 2017
71st 18 February 2018 Joanna Lumley
72nd 10 February 2019

See also

References

  1. ^ "The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award - Awards", The BAFTA site, 6 March 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.

External links

13th British Academy Film Awards

The 13th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1960, honoured the best films of 1959.

14th British Academy Film Awards

The 14th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1961, honoured the best films of 1960.

33rd British Academy Film Awards

The 33rd British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1980, honoured the best films of 1979.

34th British Academy Film Awards

The 34th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1981, honoured the best films of 1980.

35th British Academy Film Awards

The 35th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1982, honoured the best films of 1981.

53rd British Academy Film Awards

The 53rd British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts on 9 April 2000, honoured the best in film for 1999.

Sam Mendes's American Beauty won the award for Best Film (also won the Academy Award for Best Picture), Actor (Kevin Spacey; had won the Academy Award) and Actress (Annette Bening), Cinematography, Editing and Film Music. Jude Law (The Talented Mr. Ripley) and Maggie Smith (Tea with Mussolini) won the awards for Best Supporting Actor and Actress. Pedro Almodóvar, director of Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother), won the BAFTA Film Award for Best Directing. East Is East was voted Best British Film.

The ceremony took place at the Odeon Leicester Square in London and was hosted by Jack Docherty.

55th British Academy Film Awards

The 55th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 24 February 2002 and honoured the best films of 2001.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring won Best Film, Best Director for Peter Jackson, Best Makeup and Hair, and Best Visual Effects. Russell Crowe won Best Actor for A Beautiful Mind, which also won Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly. Judi Dench won Best Actress for Iris and Jim Broadbent won Best Supporting Actor for Moulin Rouge!. Gosford Park, directed by Robert Altman, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2001.

60th British Academy Film Awards

The 60th British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 11 February 2007 and honoured the best films of 2006.

The Queen won Best Film and Best Actress for Helen Mirren. Paul Greengrass won Best Director for United 93, which also won Best Editing. Forest Whitaker won Best Actor for The Last King of Scotland, which also won Outstanding British Film and Best Adapted Screenplay. The ceremony also featured the inaugural BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film, which was awarded to Happy Feet, directed by George Miller.

61st British Academy Film Awards

The 61st British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 10 February 2008 and honoured the best films of 2007.

Atonement won Best Film, while Coen brothers, Joel and Ethan, won Best Director for No Country for Old Men, which also went on to win Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for Javier Bardem. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for There Will Be Blood, Marion Cotillard won Best Actress for La Vie en Rose (La Môme), and Tilda Swinton won Best Supporting Actress for Michael Clayton. This Is England, directed by Shane Meadows, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2007.

62nd British Academy Film Awards

The 62nd British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 8 February 2009 and honoured the best films of 2008.

63rd British Academy Film Awards

The 63rd British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, took place on 21 February 2010 and honoured the best films of 2009.

64th British Academy Film Awards

The 64th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 13 February 2011 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2010. The nominations were announced on 18 January 2011. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2010. The King's Speech earned the most nominations with fourteen and won seven, including Best Film, Outstanding British Film, Best Actor for Colin Firth, Best Supporting Actor for Geoffrey Rush, Best Supporting Actress for Helena Bonham Carter, and Best Original Screenplay for David Seidler. Natalie Portman won Best Actress for Black Swan and David Fincher won Best Director for The Social Network.

65th British Academy Film Awards

The 65th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 12 February 2012 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2011. The nominations were announced on 17 January 2012 by actor Daniel Radcliffe and actress Holliday Grainger. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades are handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2011. Stephen Fry, who hosted from 2001 to 2006, returned to host the ceremony. The Artist won seven awards out of its twelve nominations, including Best Film, Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, and Best Actor for Jean Dujardin. Meryl Streep won Best Actress for The Iron Lady. Christopher Plummer won Best Supporting Actor for Beginners and Octavia Spencer won Best Supporting Actress for The Help. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, directed by Tomas Alfredson, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2011. Director Martin Scorsese was given the BAFTA Fellowship and Sir John Hurt garnered the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

66th British Academy Film Awards

The 66th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 10 February 2013 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2012. The nominations were announced on 9 January 2013. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2012. Stephen Fry hosted the ceremony, where Argo won Best Film and Best Director for Ben Affleck. Daniel Day-Lewis won Best Actor for Lincoln and Emmanuelle Riva won Best Actress for Amour. Christoph Waltz won Best Supporting Actor for Django Unchained and Anne Hathaway won Best Supporting Actress for Les Misérables. Skyfall, directed by Sam Mendes, was voted Outstanding British Film of 2012. Sir Alan Parker received the BAFTA Fellowship and Tessa Ross garnered the BAFTA Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award.

67th British Academy Film Awards

The 67th British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 16 February 2014 at the Royal Opera House in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2013. The nominations were announced on 8 January 2014 by actor Luke Evans and actress Helen McCrory. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2013.Gravity won six of its eleven nominations, including Best Director for Alfonso Cuarón, Outstanding British Film, Best Cinematography, Best Original Music, Best Sound, and Best Special Visual Effects. 12 Years a Slave won Best Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Chiwetel Ejiofor. Cate Blanchett won Best Actress in a Leading Role for Blue Jasmine, Barkhad Abdi won Best Actor in a Supporting Role for Captain Phillips, and Jennifer Lawrence won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for American Hustle.The ceremony was broadcast on BBC One and BBC Three. It was hosted by Stephen Fry, the ninth time he's hosted the ceremony. The ceremony opened with a duet call "Heroes" from Tinie Tempah and singer Laura Mvula. Viewing figures were the lowest since 2010, with 4.73 million watching the ceremony.

6th British Academy Film Awards

The 6th British Academy Film Awards, retroactively known as the British Academy Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) (previously the British Film Academy) in 1953, honoured the best films of 1952. The Sound Barrier won the award for Best Film.

71st British Academy Film Awards

The 71st British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 18 February 2018 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2017. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2017. Following revelations of sexual harassment in the film industry, many attendees wore black or a badge to show their support for the Time's Up movement.

The nominees were announced on 9 January 2018 by actresses Natalie Dormer and Letitia Wright. The Shape of Water had the most nominations of any film, with twelve; Darkest Hour and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri followed with nine nominations each. As with the 75th Golden Globe Awards, there was criticism for the lack of female nominees in the best director category, with Greta Gerwig notably not nominated for Lady Bird.

72nd British Academy Film Awards

The 72nd British Academy Film Awards, more commonly known as the BAFTAs, were held on 10 February 2019 at the Royal Albert Hall in London, honouring the best national and foreign films of 2018. Presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, accolades were handed out for the best feature-length film and documentaries of any nationality that were screened at British cinemas in 2018.

The nominees were announced on 9 January 2019 by actor Will Poulter and actress Hayley Squires. The period comedy-drama The Favourite received the most nominations in twelve categories.English actress Joanna Lumley hosted the ceremony for the second consecutive year.

8th British Academy Film Awards

The 8th British Film Awards, given by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1955, honored the best films of 1954.

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