Magic of The Baftas

BAFTA season is upon us. Britain’s glamorous version of the Oscars is often a precursor for what is to come, who is going to win at the Academy Awards, and where grand stars find themselves honoured for their craft. 

But the BAFTAs are quietly as important as their American counterpart—and with a heritage that proves it to be less for the glitz and the celebrity, and more of an appreciation for the artform. As a frontrunner for the Best Actress award, our cover star Michelle Yeoh joins the most glimmering stars at 195 Piccadilly as they celebrate the power of film. Originating as the British Film Academy, the event was founded by quite the impressive roster of filmmakers: David Lean, Powell and Pressburger, Alexander Korda, Carol Reed and others, all joined together to award their contemporaries. It would only transform into its current iteration in 1976 under the Royal Family—the famous golden masks introduced by American sculptors Mitzi Cutliffe. The very first recipient? None other than Charles Chaplin.


February 2023


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