Monday 25 October 2010 - The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is delighted to announce the nominations for the 2010 EA British Academy Children's Awards, which will take place on Sunday 28 November at the London Hilton, Park Lane.
The Awards are hosted for the first time by popular children’s presenter Barney Harwood, who previously won in the Presenter category in 2007 for Smile. The Awards are a celebration of the very best in children’s media including television, film, video games and online.
The nominations comprise all aspects of children’s entertainment: Animation, Channel of the Year, Drama, Entertainment, Factual, Feature Film, Independent Production Company, Interactive, International, Learning – Primary, Learning – Secondary, Pre-school Animation, Pre-school Live Action, Presenter, Short Form, Video Game and Writer. This year, two new categories have been added: Comedy and Performer.
This year's Drama nominations include The Boy From Before, the story of a dispossessed boy who unknowingly befriends the ghost of a boy from the 1940’s; Tracy Beaker Returns; the children's sci-fi series The Sarah Jane Adventures and Roy, about the animated son of a real life family settling in to his new school. In the new Comedy category Big Babies is nominated alongside Horrible Histories, The Legend of Dick and Dom and children’s comedy sketch show Sorry I’ve Got No Head.
In the Feature Film category Fantastic Mr. Fox goes head to head with Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang and two animated films from Disney/Pixar: Toy Story 3 and Up.
Meanwhile, Richard Hammond is nominated for the second consecutive year in the category of Presenter for Blast Lab, along with Iain Stirling and Phil Fletcher (Hacker the Dog) for their CBBC presentation and Blue Peter’s Andy Akinwolere. Justin Fletcher, who presents Something Special, is also nominated and has a second nomination in the new Performer category for his work in Gigglebiz. His fellow Performer nominees include both Dani Harmer and Richard Wisker for Tracy Beaker Returns; and Jim Howick for Horrible Histories.
From Horrid Henry to Doctor Who: Dreamland, Escape From Scorpion Island to Election: Your Vote, Junior MasterChef to ZingZillas, The Penguins of Madagascar to Science of Scams and Phineas and Ferb to Peppa Pig , this year’s nominations once again reflect the wonderful originality and creativity of children’s entertainment and programming.
In addition, this year’s Awards also welcome back the BAFTA Kids’ Vote where children get to have their say across a whole range of entertainment media in a nationwide poll to choose their favourite Film, Television Programme, Website and Video Game. Children aged between 7 and 14 years can place their votes via www.baftakidsvote.org Last year over 425,000 votes were received.
Voting for the BAFTA Kids’ Vote opens today (25 October 2010), and closes at 18.00 on Friday 26 November 2010.
The 2010 Awards will also feature the results of BAFTA’s new video game initiative BAFTA Young Game Designers, where children were encouraged to create their own video games. The winner will be announced at the Awards.
This is the fifth year of the Academy’s successful partnership with Electronic Arts.
For further information, please contact:
Claire Lewis - E: Claire@romleydavies.com / T: 0203 301 4744
For red carpet and press room accreditation on the night please email Laura Hopps clearly stating your name, organisation and access required.
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The shortlist was derived from the top children’s feature films (12A and under) 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. Voting goes live today at the custom-made website www.baftakidsvote.org