Film Awards Categories
26 September 07
The Academy’s annual Film Awards have continued to evolve since their inception. This year, 24 film awards will be presented to the industry’s outstanding talent.
From only three categories at the first Film Awards in 1948, BAFTA now recognises outstanding achievement in 24 Film-related categories. The Academy's Film voting membership, juries and chapters determine the nominees and winners in the majority of categories. We also give out high-profile awards, such as the Academy Fellowship, the Michael Balcon Award and the Alexander Korda Award which are Gifts of the Film Committee and Board of Trustees.
The Academy Fellowship
This is the highest accolade the Academy presents and is bestowed for an individual's work and achievements throughout their career in the industry. The first Fellowship was presented to Alfred Hitchcock. Others include Freddie Young OBE, David Lean, Sir Charles Chaplin, Sir Richard Attenborough CBE, Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, Steven Spielberg, Louis Malle, Federico Fellini, Sydney Samuelson CBE, Jeanne Moreau, Julie Christie, Abel Gance, Michael Caine and Stanley Kubrick.
Outstanding British Contribution to Cinema
Introduced in 1978. The first recipients were The Special Visual Effects team for Superman. Others include: Kevin Brownlow, Charles Crichton, Mike Leigh, Ken Loach, Alan Parker/Alan Marshall, Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jarman, Lewis Gilbert, Channel Four Films, Mike Roberts, Joyce Herlihy and Vic Armstrong.
Best British Film
Introduced in 1992.
Winning films include: Nil by Mouth, Shadowlands, The Crying Game, The Madness Of King George, Secrets & Lies, Shallow Grave, Elizabeth, East Is East and The Last King of Scotland.
The Carl Foreman Award
for Special Achievement by a British Director, Writer or Producer in their First Feature Film
Established in 1992 and inaugurated as a British Academy Award in 1998. The first recipient was Richard Kwietniowski (Love & Death On Long Island). Others include Lynne Ramsay (Ratcatcher), Pawel Pawlikowski (The Last Resort), Joel Hopkins & Nicola Usborne (Jump Tomorrow), Asif Kapadia (The Warrior), Emily Young (Kiss Of Life), Amma Asante (A Way of Life), Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice) and Andrea Arnold (Red Road).
- Leading Actor
- Supporting Actor
- Leading Actress
- Supporting Actress
- Adapted Screenplay
- Animated Film
- Costume Design
- Film Not in the English Language
- Make-Up & Hair
- Original Screenplay
- Production Design
- Short Animation
- Short Film
- Special Visual Effects
Read the full list of nominations the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2008.