BAFTA AT 70

Browse our growing collection of moments from over 70 years of BAFTA history, from one of the first meetings in Hyde Park Hotel, to star-studded Awards ceremonies and events that span the globe.

Founding members
1947
Scene One: The British Film Academy is formed
1947
Open For Membership: First wave of members inducted
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1949
Golden Envelope: The first Awards ceremony takes place
1949
A Proud British Tradition: Documentary recognised at very first Film Awards
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1949
Sitting Pretty: Henry Moore designs first trophy
1953
Spotlight On New Talent: Most Promising Newcomer introduced
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1953
Class Act: Performance categories introduced
1954
TV Personalities: Homegrown entertainers recognised
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1955
New Moves: Animation gets its own award
1955
The Write Stuff: Screenwriting categories created
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1955
Female Firsts: Women making BAFTA history
1958
Switched On: Television joins the fold
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1959
Stepping Out: Awards introduce a dinner and dance
1964
Shine a Light: Film Awards introduce craft categories
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1968
Introducing Stella: New Trophy Design
1969
One Vision: Film direction gets its own category
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1969
In Tune: Anthony Asquith Award introduced
1970
In Bloom: First categories for Children’s TV
The Sooty Show
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1971
The Fellowship: BAFTA’s top prize
1971
Record Breaker: Butch Cassidy Claims Biggest Win
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
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1973
Funny Business: TV Sitcom category introduced
1976
Royal Opening: 195 Piccadilly and the birth of ‘BAFTA’
BAFTA Archive
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1976
A New Face: The BAFTA mask
1978
Time to Shine: Television Craft gets its own ceremony
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1983
Movie Magic: Effects wizardry recognised
1983
World View: New category for foreign language films
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1984
Branching Out: BAFTA puts roots down at home and abroad
1986
Breaking News: BAFTA responds to rise in news programming
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1988
High Praise: Dirk Bogarde receives first BAFTA Tribute
1991
Flying the Flag: Royals Support BAFTA in US
BAFTA
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1993
Welcome Back: British Film category returns
1996
Young Love: Children's Awards Go Solo
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1999
Outstanding Debut Film: That all important first feature...
1999
Cleaning Up: Soap Opera category introduced
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2001
Forward Thinking: Film Awards move to February
2001
Lean On: First David Lean Lecture takes place
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2004
Game On: BAFTA recognises the art of game-making
2006
Children's Awards: Reflecting a changing industry
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2007
Podium Play: Annual Games Lecture introduced
2007
Diamond Night: BAFTA Celebrates 60 Years
BAFTA/Ken McKay
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2010
Playing Up: Young Game Designers Launch
2011
Royal Turnout: Brits to Watch event takes place in LA
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2011
Meet Albert: BAFTA Lead Carbon Calculator Consortium
2013
Big Break: Launch of Breakthrough Brits initiative
Some of the inaugural Breakthrough Brits 2013
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2013
Home Grown: British Game category introduced
2014
Early Rise: Cherry Campbell becomes youngest ever BAFTA winner
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2018
Time's Up: Women call for change at the Film Awards