UPDATE, 6:10 AM: The British Academy of Film and Television Arts is implementing a series of changes for 2013’s Orange British Film Awards that include shifts to the voting procedure and a longer period between nominations and the ceremony. The nominations date has been set for Jan 9, six days ahead of the Oscar nominations on Jan 15, 2013. The awards ceremony is set for Feb 10. Meanwhile, uninformed members are being encouraged not to vote for voting’s sake and a formal discussion has been opened on what to do about voting members who are no longer active in the industry.
Going forward, voting rounds for Britain’s equivalent to the Oscar will be reduced from three to two. BAFTA CEO Amanda Berry tells Deadline the idea of eliminating a round of voting has been around for a while but sped up last year when a change of date for the Oscars became a possibility. That move didn’t happen, but Berry says there was a “sense that a change was being discussed and when there’s a discussion, it can go either way.” The Oscars did move their nominations up by a week, which meant they’d have come the same day BAFTA traditionally announces, so BAFTA moved its date, too. (more…)