Category: Awards

Olivier Awards

The Oliver Awards are named after the esteemed British actor Laurence Olivier and celebrate UK-based plays, musicals, and other theatrical events. The awards were previously referred to as the Society of West End Theatre Awards but renamed in honor of the actor in 1984 – four years before he died in 1989.

Each year, the Society of London Theater puts together a panel of judges from across the arts industries to decide on the winners. There is often one award, normally best musical, which is voted for by the general public.

The Olivier Awards mainly focus on drama and musicals with categories such as Best New Play

Best Revival, Best New Comedy, Best New Musical, Best Musical Revival, Best Actor in a Musical

and Best Actress in a Musical. There are also awards dedicated to the creative teams and also to other forms of theatre such as dance and opera.

Matilda and Hamilton are the two musical with the most awards, both earning themselves seven Oliviers. The play with the most awards is Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which in 2017 was the winner of nine Oliviers including best play. There are three individuals who have won seven Olivier awards, these are William Dudley, Matthew Bourne, and the actress Dame Judi Dench – who also won a special award back in 2004 for her contribution to the theater.

The composer Andrew Lloyd Webber has won a total of six awards plus the special recognition putting him in second place behind the aforementioned artists.

BAFTAS

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts hosts an annual ceremony in London called the BAFTA film awards – often seen as the English Oscars and an indication of who might win at the American event which is held a few weeks later.

Most of the awards are open to people of any nationality, except for the British film and Britsh rising star awards. While BAFTA is a charitable organization which aims to celebrate and champion film, many of the winners are American due to the influence of Hollywood.

The original location of the awards was the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square before moving to the Opera House in Covent Garden and finally the Royal Albert Hall. The ceremony has had a number of hosts over the years including the actress Vivien Leigh, Roger Moore, Terry Wogan, Jonathan Ross, and Stephen Fry.

The categories of the awards largely reflect the Oscars with popular awards including best actor and actress, best supporting actor and actress, as well as best film and best director. Those behind the camera, including the creative teams who work on films, are also honored with awards at the event.

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