2001

Forward Thinking: Film Awards move to February
Even the finest traditions can be subject to change. While for many years the BAFTAs were held in April or May, with awards presented to films released the previous year, in 2002 it was decided to move the ceremony to February to precede the Oscars.

This change meant the gravity of the awards would be allied to a greater newsworthiness, as the world looked to BAFTA as an indicator of what the American Academy would decide just a few weeks later. A connection between the two ceremonies felt only natural – after all, like the Academy across the Atlantic, BAFTA is made up of screen professionals, voting for their peers. 

Image: Julianne Moore pictured backstage holding her Leading Actress BAFTA Award for her performance in Still Alice (2014) presented at the 2015 EE British Film Academy Awards.



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Video: Stephen Fry at the 2001 awards presentation announcing that the British Academy Film Awards has moved from April to February (Source: BAFTA).