The official nominations list for the EA British Academy Children's Awards have been announced.
Press Release, Tuesday 28 October 2008
One of the nation’s best loved TV personalities, Keith Chegwin, returns to host this year’s EA British Academy Children’s Awards on Sunday 30 November at the London Hilton on Park Lane in front of a star-studded audience, featuring some of the best known faces of television, music, sport and film. The Awards recognise and reward creative excellence in children’s television, feature films, online media and video games.
The highly coveted Presenter category sees Blue Peter’s Andy Akinwolere go head-to- head with SMart’s Kirsten O’Brien, Justin Fletcher from Something Special and Ed Petrie from Ed and Oucho, the CBBC on-air presentation.
Pixar sci-fi hit Wall:E is nominated in the eagerly anticipated Feature Film category, with strong competition from charming Dr. Seuss adaptation Horton Hears A Who!, the enchanting fantasy adventure Stardust and hilarious rat-caper Ratatouille.
This year’s BAFTA Kids’ Vote shortlist is also in, and 2008’s nominations are more competitive than ever; for the first time in the Awards’ history, this unique nationwide poll sees websites go head-to-head with video games, TV programmes and feature films. With international TV phenomenon Hannah Montana up against the mighty Dr Who website, the box office smash Kung Fu Panda squaring up to gaming phenomenon Super Smash Bros. Brawl and the endearing Shaun The Sheep sidling up to family favourite Wii Fit, which one will children under 14 choose to be their ultimate winner? (View the shortlists).
The Channel of the Year award is always a hotly-contested category and this year sees CBeebies facing its stablemate CBBC and Nickelodeon UK competing with its very own Nick Jr. In this year’s Entertainment category, Basil’s Swap Shop is nominated, facing stiff competition from Hedz, SMart and Sorry, I’ve Got No Head.
The Video Game award pits the cerebral pleasures of Guinness World Records: The Videogame and Professor Layton and the Curious Village, against the action-packed LEGO Batman: The Videogame and the frenetic racer Mario Kart Wii. Meanwhile, the innovative Interactive category continues to go from strength to strength, with Bow Street Runner and Meta4orce up against Moshi Monsters and Questionaut for this year’s award.
Returning Pre-School Animation nominees Charlie and Lola, Little Princess and Peppa Pig, will have to outrun newcomer Roary The Racing Car to claim this year’s coveted award. Charlie and Lola’s Autumn Special is also nominated in the Animation category, facing competition from Eliot Kid, Skunk Fu! and Aardman’s Shaun The Sheep.
In the Factual category, Serious Andes is once again nominated, this time going up against the hard-hitting Newsround on Knives, Nick News: Nick’s Big Green Challenge and The Smoke House.
Young Dracula takes on The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury, The Sarah Jane Adventures and Summerhill for the coveted Drama award, while Summerhill’s Alison Hume is also nominated in the Writer category, taking on Charlie and Lola writer Dave Ingham, The Secret Show’s Tony Collingwood, and Clay writer Peter Tabern.
Other nominations announced today include Break-through Talent, International, Learning Primary and Learning Secondary, as well as Pre-School Live Action, Independent Production Company and Short Form (View the full nomination list).
The Academy’s mission is to support, develop and promote all the art forms of the moving image, by identifying and rewarding excellence, inspiring practitioners and benefiting the public. The Academy’s 6000+ membership comprises experts in film, television and video games - directors, producers, actors, developers, publishers, cameramen, writers, make-up artists, editors, sound engineers etc - indeed anyone who plays a vital role in the creation of a film, television programme or video game.
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About the BAFTA KIDS’ VOTE
The shortlist was derived from the top 20 children's feature films at the box office, the highest-rated children's programmes on both terrestrial and multichannel, the most visited websites created for children and the top-selling video games PEGI-rated 12+ and under. A carefully selected children’s media panel then whittled those top 20s down to top 10s for children to vote on at the custom-made website www.bafta.org/kidsvote. Voting went live today.