The nominations for the British Academy Children's Awards on Sunday 23 November 2014, have been announced.
- Three nominations for Katie Morag
- Old Jack’s Boat, 4 O’Clock Club, The Amazing World Of Gumball, Roy and Wolfblood each receive two nominations.
- BAFTA Kids’ Vote launches
London, 21 October 2014: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has today announced the nominations for its annual 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 23 November and will be hosted by Doc Brown.
Leading the way with three nominations is Katie Morag, based on the books by Mairi Hedderwick. The show, which follows the adventures of a small girl and her family on a Scottish island, receives Drama and Writer nominations, while eight-year-old Cherry Campbell, who plays the title role, is nominated in the Performer category.
A number of programmes have received two nominations each: Old Jack’s Boat, for Pre-School Live Action and Performer with Bernard Cribbins as Jack; 4 O’Clock Club for Comedy and Performer with Akai Osei as Nero; Roy and Wolfblood each receive nominations in both the Drama and Writer categories and, for the fourth consecutive year, The Amazing World of Gumball is nominated in both the Writer and Animation categories. Rocket’s Island picks up the final nomination in the Drama category and first-time nominee, Kia Pegg, completes the Performer category for her role as Jodi in The Dumping Ground.
Last year’s Presenter winners, Sam Nixon & Mark Rhodes, are nominated once again and are joined in this category by fellow BAFTA-winning double-act Richard McCourt & Dominic Wood, comedian Iain Stirling and wildlife presenter Naomi Wilkinson.
Junior Bake Off, judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, picks up a nomination for Entertainment. Other nominees in the category include Hacker Time, hosted by Hacker T. Dog, and game shows Fort Boyard: Ultimate Challenge and Swashbuckle.
Animation dominates International, where the 2013 winner, Adventure Time, is joined by SpongeBob SquarePants, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and pre-school series Doc McStuffins.
The four films nominated in the Feature Film category are: animated adventure- comedy The Lego Movie (Warner Bros), How to Train Your Dragon 2 (DreamWorks Animation), Frozen (Walt Disney Pictures) and Maleficent (Walt Disney Pictures) starring Angelina Jolie. In Game, classic franchises are revisited with Mario Kart 8, Pokémon X & Y and Rayman Legends each receiving nominations together with Tearaway, whose development team is led by BAFTA Breakthrough Brit, Rex Crowle.
The BAFTA Kids’ Vote also launched today, alongside its official media partner, Fun Kids Radio . The audience award gives children aged 7-14 the opportunity to vote for their favourite film, television programme, website and game. Three-time winner of the Website category, Bin Weevils, will be hoping to retain the title, despite facing tough competition from returning runners-up Moshi Monsters and Club Penguin, while each of the four Feature Film nominees also appear in the Kids’ Vote Film list alongside Mr Peabody & Sherman, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Rio 2, Turbo, Planes and Muppets Most Wanted.
Voting for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote opens today (21 October) at 09:00 and closes at 16:30 on Sunday 23 November. Children can access exclusive content and competitions via Fun Kids Radio and can cast their votes at www.baftakidsvote.org .
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