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BAFTA's Voting Process | Film Awards

28 January 2019

The EE British Academy Film Awards recognise excellence and reward talent through a process that includes two rounds of voting by members, specialist chapters and juries. 

The winners and nominees in the majority of categories are voted for by 6,500 BAFTA members, who are comprised of industry professionals and creatives around the world. Members vote to decide the nominations from hundreds of films in round one, then vote for the winner in round two. Find out more about the journey to from entries to nominations to BAFTA wins in each category below.


Round One Voting


Round Two Voting


Best Film

Leading Actress

Leading Actor


Supporting Actor

All voters All voters


Original Music


Production Design



Special Visual Effects

Relevant specialist chapter All voters

Costume Design

Make Up & Hair

Costume Design and Make Up & Hair chapters* All voters

Adapted Screenplay

Original Screenplay

Screenplay chapter All voters
Animated Film Opt-in Animation Champter Opt-in Animation chapter
Documentary Opt-in Documentary chapter Opt-in Documentary chapter
Film Not in the English Language Opt-in FNIEL chapter Opt-in FNIEL chapter
Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Jury Jury
British Short Film Opt-in longlisting group and jury** Opt-in Shorts chapter
British Short Animation Jury Opt-in Shorts chapter
Outstanding British Film Opt-in British Film chapter and Jury*** Opt-in British Film Chapter


* The Costume Design chapter and Make Up & Hair chapter are currently combined; members of these chapters vote in both categories.

** Entries considered by the Short Film Jury are initially reviewed by members of the Shorts chapter who have opted in to longlisting groups.

*** Outstanding British Film: The opt-in chapter have three votes in Round One. The top three from this vote are automatically nominated; the next twelve from the chapter vote are considered by a jury who select a further three nominations totalling six nominees.