Whether you just need to catch up on what happened earlier this year, or are looking at expanding your industry contacts, here’s everything BAFTA you need to know.
The BAFTAs are Britian’s most prestigious awards for the film, television and gaming industries. As we near the 2016 events, you may be considering attending yourself, or even applying for BAFTA membership. Refresh your memory of the 2015 winners, and take in a few facts and tips you need to know about the academy.
So what is it?
BAFTA – otherwise known as the British Academy of Film and Television Arts – is all about rewarding the best of Britian’s and the world’s amazing cultivators of the motion picture arts, while simultaneously inspiring the public and average consumer to embrace the best of these industries. The BAFTAs are the academy’s film awards which take place each year towards the beginning of the season, awarding the previous year’s best in a variety of categories. This year’s BAFTAs were held on February 8 and whether you attended or just watched it on the telly at home, there was plenty to enjoy – fame, fortune, celebrities, glamour, high class escorts in London’s party scenes, even more mind blowing parties, art, cinema and more. Here’s a recap to refresh your memory of everything that occurred at the 2015 BAFTAs.
Slightly more than 5 million Brits tuned in for the ceremony, which was hosted by Stephen Fry (for the tenth year). The best actor and actress of the year were Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore (no surprise there), with best supporting roles of an actor and actress going to J.K. Simmons and Patricia Arquette, respectively. The films that went away with the most prized accolades included The Grand Budapest Hotel, which won five awards, after being nominated for eleven, as well as Boyhood for three awards (including Best Film). The best British film of the evening was The Theory of Everything, which just about everyone and their mother saw, and the best animated film was your little cousins’ favorite – The Lego Movie.
The Films Everyone Saw
Just as it happens at every awards show, there were a handful of movies that dominated the nominations, regardless of what they did or did not win. 2014’s most popular movies for the academy were The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Birdman, The Imitation Game, Interstellar, Nightcrawler, American Sniper, Gone Girl, Guardians of the Galaxy, Into The Woods and Paddington.
But Wait – There’s More!
That was only the film awards. There’s also the BAFTA TV awards, which were held on May 10, 2015. Some of the best dressed of the evening included Rochelle Humes in a sexy Yves Saint Laurent number, Freddie Fox looking rather debonair and Maisie Williams in a rather innocent-looking yet flirty frock.
Really Big Winners
So who were the big winners for the 2015 BAFTA TV awards? Well, you’ve got Jason Watkins beating out beloved Benedict Cumberbatch for Leading Actor. Then, Georgina Campbell as Leading Actress. Stephen Rea and Gemma Jones got supporting actor and supporting actress, respectively. The best in the International category was True Detective.
If you’re interested in your concierge hooking you up with tickets for yourself and your London escorts to attend the 2016 BAFTA Film Awards, here’s what you need to know. The Nominations Announcement will be held on January 8, with the Nominees’ Party being held on February 13, the night before the most important event – the BAFTAs. The venue will be none other than the Royal Opera House, just as it has been for a decade. Technically, tickets are not available for just anyone – you have to be a member of the Academy. If you’re concierge isn’t good enough to pull a few strings and shift their weight around to get you in, maybe they’ll be able to get you public access to the red carpet. If they can’t at least do that, you may want to find a new concierge service.
If you decide that you just can’t live without a membership, you’ll have to apply and keep in mind that only the few select are permitted to join, so you’d better have a pretty nice resume. Members get some pretty sweet perks, though, such as access to screenings all around the world, invites to other prestigious events, club facilities, awards tickets and more. Membership eligibility is based on having at least half a decade of experience in feature films, television programming or video games and you must have some pretty high recognition for your work.