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Baftas: Stars to align for film's big night

Published 13/02/2016

Head chef Anton Manganaro will serve up Bafta dishes to film royalty tomorrow
Head chef Anton Manganaro will serve up Bafta dishes to film royalty tomorrow
Head chef Anton Manganaro will serve up Bafta dishes to film royalty tomorrow
Head chef Anton Manganaro will serve up Bafta dishes to film royalty tomorrow

Susan Griffin takes a closer look at the statistics behind tomorrow night's Baftas, one of the most glittering showbiz nights of the year.


The first British Academy Film Awards were first held in 1949. From 1968 until 1997, the film and television awards were presented together. The film awards has been held at the stunning Royal Opera House since 2007.

This year will be the fifth time Stephen Fry has hosted the ceremony since taking over from Jonathan Ross in 2012. He'd previously done the job from 2001-2006, before leaving and making way for Ross, making Fry the longest-serving Bafta host overall.

In total, 25 awards will be handed out, including the Fellowship Lifetime Achievement Award, Outstanding British Contribution To Cinema and the EE Rising Star Award.

The first Fellowship was presented to Alfred Hitchcock by Bafta President HRH Princess Anne in 1971. This year's recipient will be Sir Sidney Poitier.


Bafta's film awards are presented annually to recognise, honour and reward individuals for outstanding achievement in feature films released theatrically in the UK within the Awards year.

Bafta also honours individuals in recognition of their contribution to the film industry.

Approximately 6,500 Bafta members vote - and only online since 2003-4.

Films from all countries are eligible in all categories, with the exception of Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut, British Short Film and British Short Animation.

The Bafta cinema trailer is shown in 1,800 cinemas across the UK for the two weeks running up to the awards ceremony, while posters can be seen on 200 London buses and 300 London tube sites.


The red carpet measures 120m by 8m, while the structure outside the Royal Opera House takes five days to build.

On the night, 350 media personnel will converge, including 50 TV camera positions capturing red carpet arrivals, plus 15 more for BBC programmes and more than 200 photographers.

In the winners' photography area backstage, there are approximately 40 photographers and 70 journalists.

Given the time of year and potential for rain (remember the foaming carpet of 2002?), 250 umbrellas are on standby the Royal Opera House, 50 at Grosvenor House for the dinner and party, and 25 at the Savoy, where the nominees' style suites are.

Guests will be transported from the Royal Opera House to Grosvenor House in 32 buses and 140 Audis (Audi A8s and Audi Q7s).


Charles Worthington, brand ambassador Ken O'Rourke and the Charles Worthington hair team will create around 150 hairstyles during the Bafta weekend, while Lancome's team will take care of make-up.

Around 5,000 hair grips will be used, 21 litres of hair mousse, 73 cans of texturising spray, 300 red lipsticks, 150 combinations of foundation, and the term 'smokey eye' is expected to be uttered at least 100 times during the day.

Luxury menswear brand Hackett London will use around 108m of fabric to style male nominees and guests.

The Bespoke Globe-Trotter gift bag includes items from all the Bafta Awards partners, including Lancome and Champagne Taittinger.

The manufacture of each bag involves 98 processes and takes a total of 10 days, nine hours and 35 minutes to produce.


The official Nominees' Party will take place the night before the Awards at Kensington Palace, the official residence of Bafta President, HRH the Duke of Cambridge, and will be co-hosted by Lancome.

At the pre-awards champagne reception, 1,300 glasses of champagne will be sipped and 8,500 canapés will be nibbled on.

Head chef of Grosvenor House Nigel Boschetti, and head chef of Bafta 195, Anton Manganaro, are behind the menu, which will include beetroot marinated salmon, loin of lamb en croute, and dark chocolate brownies with mousse, lavender cremeux and berry compote.

Approximately 20kg of Hotel Chocolat chocolate goes into the dessert.

The Republic of Photography photo booth will snap over 800 pics of party-goers at the official after-party.


Someone is tasked with sticking the little rubber feet on to the bottom of each award.

Each Bafta gong (including the bronze mask and marble base) weighs 3.7kg and stands at 27cm tall.

Most of the set you see outside the Royal Opera House has been built in Bristol, and then shipped up to London for the event.

Every envelope containing the winners' names is hand-marked and guilded by Bafta.

The EE Rising Star Award doesn't technically fit the bill as 'a Bafta', as it's voted for by the public, not Bafta members.

  • The EE British Academy Film Awards, BBC One, tomorrow, 9pm

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