The winners of the EA British Academy Children's Awards in 2008 have been announced at a ceremony in London's West End.
Wall:E claims Feature Film prize
Record-breaking Kids’ Vote brings victory to Hannah Montana
Anarchic Hedz trumps its Entertainment rivals
The Chuckle Brothers get Special Award
LEGO Batman outplays Mario Kart Wii
Rachel Stevens, Geri Halliwell, Dannii Minogue, Tom Chambers, Gemma Arterton, George Samspson, Freddie Highmore and Charlie Higson were just some of the presenters joining the evening’s host Keith Chegwin, at the EA British Academy Children’s Awards last night at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Celebrating excellence in children’s television, feature films, websites and video games, the awards showcased the innovative and ever widening range of output designed to inform and entertain children
This year a waste-collecting robot was victorious in the Feature Film category with Wall:E claiming victory over Ratatouille, Horton Hears a Who! and live-action fantasy Stardust.
With its quirky and anarchic take on celebrity culture, the innovative Hedz claimed the Entertainment award. In the Drama category, Dr Who spin-off The Sarah-Jane Adventures, Young Dracula and Summerhill were all outplayed by The Revenge Files of Alistair Fury.
Summerhill, which depicts life at the famous progressive school, did not go empty-handed however; Alison Hume won the Writer category and fifteen-year-old Eliot-Otis Brown Walters, one of the youngest ever performers to win a BAFTA, collected the Break-through Talent award for his acting role. Last year’s nominee Justin Fletcher from Something Special, this year outperformed his rivals Andy Akinwolere from Blue Peter, SMart’s Kirsten O’Brien and Ed & Oucho’s Ed Petrie to claim the coveted Presenter award.
For the first time in the Awards’ history, the unique BAFTA Kids’ Vote (the only public award voted for by children 7-14 years) pitted all forms of children’s entertainment against each other, with websites competing with video games, TV programmes and feature films. This year’s record poll attracted nearly 200,000 votes and saw the international TV phenomenon Hannah Montana receiving the lion’s share and claiming the highly coveted prize.
CBBC was lauded for its new, exciting and imaginative output and fought off Nick Jr, Nickelodeon UK and its stablemate Cbeebies, winning Channel of the Year.
The captivating In the Night Garden collected the prize for Pre-School Live Action bringing a double victory to Ragdoll Productions who were also awarded Independent Production Company of the Year for their commitment to the pre-school audience. There were double celebrations for Charlie and Lola too, as the beautifully drawn and written series was victorious in Pre-School Animation while the Charlie and Lola Autumn Special won in the Animation category.
The Video Games award went to the mighty LEGO Batman: The Videogame, the Factual category brought success to the powerful, emotive and beautifully shot Serious Andes and The Interactive Award went to *Bow Street Runner whose entertaining detective challenge brought history to life for older children. Other wins of the night included Yo Gabba Gabba in the International category, ArtisanCam in Learning Primary, L8R in Learning Secondary and My Say in Short Form.
It was the second year for BAFTA’s association with CBBC and BBC Learning on the CBBC me and my movie Award which inspires and encourages young filmmakers aged between 6-14 to make their own short film. The winner was Leah Cooper, 12 years old, from Essex, for The Prank, an imaginative tale featuring a cheeky, wooden mannequin.
The Special Award of the evening was presented by Russell T Davies to the Chuckle Brothers. Since their television debut, winning New Faces back in 1974, their blend of slapstick, wordplay and comedy has entertained children for decades and their Chucklevision remains a staple of the CBBC schedule.
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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
Charlie Higson - children’s writer, comedian and actor
Ian Eddy & Serena Lacey - First News
Finn Halligan - Screen International
Poppy Brecht - Broadcast Magazine
Johnny Minkley - Eurogamer
Helen Ward, - Sky Kids
Richard Owen - Jetix magazine
Matt Baker - TV presenter
Keith Chegwin - TV presenter
Justin Johnson - BFI