The BAFTA Awards or the British Academy Film Awards are held by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, every year to reward the best in the film industry. The British and the international film industry are considered for the awards in different categories. This is the highest British award in the film industry all over the world.


The British Film Academy was founded in 1947, which later became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. The first BAFTA Award ceremony was held in 1949 in which various awards were given in different categories. The purpose of the awards is to promote, develop, and support the art of moving images, by recognizing and rewarding the best in the industry. Initially, BAFTA had very few award categories, but it has included many new categories over the years and as of 2020 it is dealing with the film, television, and video game industry.

First BAFTA Awards

The first awards were held on May 29, 1949, in London, at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square. In this ceremony, awards were given to the films shown in the United Kingdom in 1947 and 1948. The best British Film award was given to Odd Man Out. The best film from any source award was given to The Best Years of Our Lives. And the best documentary award was given to The World is Rich.

From 1949 to 2008 the BAFTA awards were held at the Odeon Cinema, Leicester Square, London.

From 2008 to 2016 the awards were held at the Royal Opera House, Central London.

And from 2017 to 2020 it has been held at the Royal Albert Hall in London.

All BAFTA Award Winners

All the BAFTA Awards Categories

As of 2020, the BAFTA awards presents awards in various categories to the most excellent contributors in the film industry around the world.

  1. Best Actor in a Leading role
  2. Best Actress in a Leading role
  3. Best Actor in Supporting Role
  4. Best Actress in Supporting Role
  5. Best Direction
  6. Best Adapted Screenplay
  7. Best Original Screenplay
  8. Best Cinematography
  9. Best Editing
  10. Best Costume Design
  11. Best Production Design
  12. Best Makeup and Hair
  13. Best Original Music
  14. Best Sound
  15. Best Special Visual Effects
  16. Best Casting
  17. Rising Star Award
  18. Best Film
  19. Outstanding British Film
  20. Best Film Not in English Language
  21. Best Documentary
  22. Best Animated Film
  23. Best Short Film
  24. Best Short Animation
  25. Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer

Special Awards

  1. BAFTA Fellowship
  2. Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema Award

Amazing Facts about the BAFTA Awards

  1. The BAFTA awards were started by British film directors and producers, their aim was to appreciate and celebrate the best of Television, Films, and Video Games.
  2. In the 1970s, the Queen of England and Duke of Edinburgh honored the BAFTA organization by gifting it royalties.
  3. For her support of the Television and the Film industry, the Queen of England was given an honorary BAFTA award in 2013.
  4. The BAFTA (awards) is an independent charity organization.
  5. When the awards were found it was named as British Film Academy. Its name was changed in 1958 when it was merged with the Guild of Television Producers and Directors.
  6. BAFTA or British Film Academy was started in answer/response to the ‘American’ Academy Awards, and yet the famous and iconic BAFTA mask was designed by an American artist Mitzi Cunliffe.
  7. The legendary British actor Peter Finch holds the record for most BAFTA wins in the Best Actor category, he has won the award five times. For his performances in; A Town like Alice (1956), The Trials of Oscar Wilde (1960), No Love for Johnnie (1961), Sunday Bloody Sunday (1971), and Network (1976).
  8. The silent film The Artist was given an award nomination in the sound films category in 2012.

The Academy Awards, (Oscars)

The Golden Globe Awards

Visit Original BAFTA Website: Link

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