A little bit of awards news from yesterday to pass on. For those who don’t know, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (better known as BAFTA), which has had a long tradition of holding the Britannia Awards in Los Angeles. There, they would honor filmmakers stateside. Well, that’s about to change, as you’re about to find out.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, BAFTA is now going to give out prizes throughout the year at several smaller events, in what they’re calling BAFTA Special Awards. So, while the Britannia Awards are gone, the same kind of prizes, complete with the accompanying statue, will still be handed out. Essentially, it’s just being split up from its one larger event. Below are some quotes from BAFTA leadership within the piece;
Kathryn Busby, chair of the BAFTA North America board said in a statement, “This is an incredibly exciting moment for BAFTA, as we evolve and expand our award presentations and activities. Creating the opportunity to present awards year-round and celebrate excellence at more locations was a priority for our board this year as we expand BAFTA’s mission and activity across North America, so we are delighted to be able to now announce this new direction.”
Matthew Wiseman, executive director and head of North America for BAFTA, added, “To be able to capture the same spirit and warmth of the Britannia Awards event, and now present honorary awards throughout the year and in different cities, is an exciting prospect that will enable BAFTA to celebrate those who have made exceptional contributions to our industry in even more impactful and unique ways. We will also be able to use these moments to further inspire future generations of talent across our industry, many of whom will in turn be supported by BAFTA’s many learning, inclusion and talent programs globally.”