1964

Shine a Light: Film Awards introduce craft categories
With the expansion of the Academy's reach and the growth of its influence in British film and television, it made sense for its awards to expand too. In 1964, a special section within the film awards was added to celebrate excellence behind the scenes.

Initially an award was presented for cinematography, with further prizes for art direction and costume design added in 1965. Due to the different demands that were made on those working in colour and black and white, each category originally included two awards.

The evolution of the Academy's approach continued in 1969 with the first awards being presented for editing and original score, before the introduction of prizes for sound design (1981) and later make-up and special visual effects (both launched in 1983).

Image: Unit still of the cast and crew on the set of Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964). The film was the first to be awarded Best British Art Direction – Black and White. The award was presented to Sir Ken Adam, legendary British production designer at the 1965 ceremony.



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Video: BAFTA-nominated and Oscar-winning composer Rachel Portman discusses her big break and composing the score for Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. This is part of the series Conversations with Screen Composers, a collaboration between BAFTA and the Royal Albert Hall. Launched in 2012 it celebrates the important contribution composers bring to Film, Games and Television. (Source: BAFTA).