British Academy Film Awards
|British Academy Film Awards|
|69th British Academy Film Awards|
|Awarded for||The best in film|
|Presented by||British Academy of Film and Television Arts|
The British Academy Film Awards are presented in an annual award show hosted by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). 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 69th British Academy Film Awards will be held on 14 February 2016.
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 purpose 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, which was commissioned by the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.
The ceremony previously took place in April or May and since 2002 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. 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 BBC One), and across the world.
Until 2012, the mobile network Orange sponsored the awards and starting in 2013 Orange's parent company, EE, began sponsorship.
Awards categories (competitive)
- BAFTA Award for Best Film: since 1948
- BAFTA Award for Best British Film: since 1948
- BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language: since 1983
- BAFTA Award for Best Short Film: since 1980
- BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation: since 1990
- BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film: since 2006
- BAFTA Award for Best Documentary: 1948–1989, 2012-present
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role: since 1968
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role: since 1968
- BAFTA Award for Best Direction: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Cinematography: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Sound: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Film Music: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Production Design: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Costume Design: since 1969
- BAFTA Award for Best Editing: since 1978
- BAFTA Award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer: since 1998
- BAFTA Award for Best Special Visual Effects: since 1983
- BAFTA Award for Best Makeup and Hair: since 1983
- BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay: since 1984
- BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay: since 1984
- BAFTA Rising Star Award: since 2006
- BAFTA Award for Most Promising 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)
- BAFTA United Nations Award (fr:United Nations Awards) (awarded 1949–1976).
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)
In memoriam section
During the ceremony, BAFTA pauses to pay tribute to those in the industry who died over the previous twelve months, with a montage of images accompanied by music.
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|1st||29 May 1949|
|2nd||29 May 1949|
|3rd||29 May 1950|
|4th||22 February 1951|
|5th||8 May 1952|
|6th||5 March 1953|
|38th||5 March 1985|
|44th||17 March 1991|
|49th||23 April 1996|
|50th||29 April 1997|
|51st||18 April 1998|
|52nd||11 April 1999|
|53rd||9 April 2000|
|54th||25 February 2001|
|55th||24 February 2002|
|56th||23 February 2003|
|57th||15 February 2004|
|58th||12 February 2005|
|59th||19 February 2006|
|60th||11 February 2007|
|61st||10 February 2008|
|62nd||8 February 2009|
|63rd||21 February 2010|
|64th||13 February 2011|
|65th||12 February 2012|
|66th||10 February 2013|
|67th||16 February 2014|
|68th||8 February 2015|
|69th||14 February 2016|
- "The Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award - Awards", The BAFTA site, 6 March 2012. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
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