Retooled BAFTA Awards Are More Relevant Than Ever to Americans

Way back in the 20th century, the BAFTAs, which take place Feb.

10, occupied a shifting, uncertain place in the film awards calendar.

For much of the 1990s, they acted as a kind of after-party to the long, strenuous haul of Oscar season: taking place a few weeks after the big day in L.A., they were cheerfully divorced from the pressures and rigors of Academy Awards campaigning.

And while they preceded the Oscars for years before then, they were seen as very much their own ball game — prestigious, yes, but hardly an essential red-carpet pit stop for Oscar contenders with their eyes on the American prize.There was occasional overlap between the British Academy and the Oscars, of course, not least when a U.K.

film became a crossover hit: It’s hardly a surprise that tony productions from “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Chariots of Fire” to “Shakespeare in Love

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