The 2011 British Academy Children’s Awards took place last night at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 picked up both the Feature Film Award and the BAFTA Kids’ Vote in the ‘Film’ category to become one of the biggest, if most predictable, successes of the night.
The shortlist for the film section of the BAFTA Kids’ Vote is taken from the children’s feature films at the top at the box office. The last Harry Potter film was always going to be a strong contender, with audiences gripped by Harry’s last fight with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named. Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows – Part 1 was also nominated for the two awards that its successor scooped, showing that the franchise is still making an impression on children.
This comes as the latest in a long list of awards that the Harry Potter films have racked up over the years, including the outstanding British contribution to cinema award at the 2011 BAFTA Film Awards. Perfect for children and adults alike, the story of the boy with the scar on his forehead has stayed strong and it looks as though appreciation is not yet fizzling out.
Other double winners on the night included Peppa Pig, winning the Pre-School Animation category and the Performer Award for Harley Bird who voices the little pink pig, and Deadly 60, the wildlife programme winning awards for Factual programme and Presenter, Steve Beckshall. The Special Award went to children’s news programme Newsround, that will celebrate its 40th birthday next year and Kindle Entertainment was given the award for Independent Production Company. It is nice to see that children’s programming is being recognised as well as entertainment geared towards adults, especially as some franchises such as Harry Potter can translate through different generations.