The British Film Awards, established by the Evening Standard in 1973, returns in a rebooted version on Feb 7 to celebrate the best of British film achievement.
The return of the London Evening Standard British Film Awards to awards season will be marked with a new venue. Studio 1 at Television Centre will play host to the London Evening Standard British Film Awards, ahead of the public launch of 450 new apartments for sale in April 2016. Television Centre will comprise a mixture of new offices, 950 homes, television studios, gym and a new branch of Soho House consisting of a 47-room hotel and members club as well as a restaurant, bar and roof-top pool.
The longlist for the Best Film Award sees the likes of Andrew Haigh’s British drama 45 Years and Ben Wheatley’s High-Rise, starring Jeremy Irons and Sienna Miller, vying for the top spot.
Meanwhile, the life and death of Amy Winehouse in Amy features in the list for Best Documentary, along with My Nazi Legacy.
The category for Best Actor includes British A-listers from Idris Elba for his role in the epic African war drama film Beasts of No Nation and Tom Hardy for his performance in action film Mad Max: Fury Road.
This year’s Best Actress award sees Emily Blunt featured for her part in action thriller Sicario, as well as British acting royalty Dame Maggie Smith for the new comedy-drama The Lady in the Van. The longlist will be whittled down to a shortlist to be announced in January and the winners will be revealed at the ceremony on Feb 7.
The London Evening Standard British Film Awards also see the introduction of a new Audience Award for Blockbuster of the Year, where readers will be able to vote for their favourite from the top ten UK box office grossers of 2015. Voting will open early in the New Year.
Sarah Sands, editor at the London Evening Standard said: “We’re delighted to be relaunching the Evening Standard British Film Awards. Britain has always been, and continues to be, the bedrock of the global film industry and this paper is immensely proud to support it. Holding these awards at Television Centre is very exciting for us as the world-renowned venue reflects the limitless imagination and tireless efforts of the creative industry in Britain. This year, we continue to shine a light on Britain’s phenomenal creativity, celebrating the best in British cinema.”