The nominations for the 2016 British Academy Children's Awards have been announced
- Three nominations for HORRIBLE HISTORIES SPECIAL: SENSATIONAL SHAKESPEARE
- Online channel, TRUETUBE, receives three nominations including Channel of the Year
- STAR WARS features in three categories
The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for the British Academy Children’s Awards, which honour the very best in children’s media. The ceremony will be held at the Roundhouse, London, on Sunday 20 November and will be hosted by British actor, writer and comedian Doc Brown.
Leading the way with three nominations, for the second year in a row, is Horrible Histories for its special episode celebrating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. The gruesomely entertaining history show is nominated in the Comedy, Writing and Performer categories, with the latter for Tom Stourton’s portrayal of the Bard himself.
This year’s nominations also demonstrate the shift in how young audiences are consuming media with three nominations for online educational platform TrueTube. It receives nominations in the Learning: Secondary category for Katie, the Drama category for Refugee and also for Channel of the Year – the first nomination for an online-only channel.
A number of programmes received two nominations each: The Amazing World of Gumball, successful in both the Animation and Writer categories; Hetty Feather nominated in Drama and Writer; Clangers also nominated in Writer, with its second nomination in the Pre-school Animation category. School-based panel show The Dog Ate My Homework is nominated for Comedy with host Iain Stirling nominated in the Presenter category while Operation Ouch!, fronted by Alexander and Chris van Tulleken, receives nominations in both the Factual and Presenter categories for a consecutive year. Completing the Presenter category are Naomi Wilkinson for Naomi’s Nightmares of Nature and first-time nominee Maggie Aderin-Pocock for CBeebies Stargazing.
The Feature Film nominations are Zootropolis, The Good Dinosaur, The Jungle Book and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The force of the intergalactic franchise is strong in other categories, with Star Wars Arcade nominated in Interactive: Adapted and LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens nominated for Game.
LEGO Dimensions is also found in the Game category where it is joined by Ratchet & Clank and Tearaway Unfolded, an adventure through a magical world of paper, whose creative team includes 2013 BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Rex Crowle.
The BAFTA Kids’ Vote launched on the 18 October and, until 18 November, children aged seven to 14 can cast their votes at the BAFTA Kids website – www.baftakids.org – which includes online challenges, competitions, and information on BAFTA’s year-round events and initiatives that give families an insight into creative excellence within film, television and games, through behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses, and special hospice screenings.
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About BAFTA Kids
BAFTA Kids is a programme of events and initiatives for families across the UK run by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, offering insight into creative excellence within film, television and games. The programme features behind-the-scenes roadshows, workshops and masterclasses with BAFTA-winning talent, online challenges and competitions, and special hospice screenings. Whereas BAFTA’s annual British Academy Children’s Awards recognise and celebrate excellence within these industries, BAFTA Kids is a trusted and accessible brand for families to explore and discover new, innovative and non-mainstream work, helping them deepen their appreciation of the films, television programmes and games they enjoy. www.baftakids.org