THE Bafta Film Awards is an annual event that celebrates the best British and international contributions to motion picture film.
Since kicking off its first event in 1949, the Bafta Film Awards have quite literally become just as important as the Academy Awards and the Golden Globes.
What does Bafta stand for?
BAFTA stands for British Academy of Film and Television Arts.
The first BAFTA awards ceremony took place in 1949 and presented the first awards for film and television that were made in 1947 and 1948.
The ceremony historically took place in March or April but the date was moved in 2002 to land in February, to ensure the awards preceded the Oscars.
Who designed the statue?
The award was first designed by American sculptor Mitzi Cunliffe.
Mitzi was commissioned to create the iconic theatrical mask by the Guild of Television Producers in 1955.
Cunliffe originally modelled it in plasticine before it was cast in bronze at the royal opening of its new premises when the awards became the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in 1976.
The first mask was presented to Charlie Chaplin, who was honoured as an Academy Fellow.
When will the next BAFTA awards take place?
The next award ceremony will be April 11 2021.
There is a two-hour delay of its broadcast to allow producers to cut the running time down.
If you miss the show, the entire programme will be available to watch on catch-up for a period of time afterwards on BBC iPlayer.
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