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|Baftas to Stay in Pre-Oscar Slot
- Move judged a success by Academy Award chief
THE BAFTAS are to precede the Oscars for the second year running, after this year's trial, in which the British awards were moved from April, proved a resounding success.
Bafta bosses opted to move the British Academy Awards from their traditional post-Oscar slot for the first time this year in order to attract a bigger Hollywood clientele, a move which paid off as the awards drew in the cream of the Hollywood A-list including Tom Hanks, Russell Crowe and Hilary Swank.
"We did it on an experimental basis last year, but it was so successful that it would be quite perverse to go back," said Bafta chairman Simon Relph. "We have strong enough indications from enough sources to plan it for the same time next year."
Hopes remain high that next year's Baftas - which are scheduled for February, a full month in advance of the Hollywood event - will be regarded as a predictor of future Oscars winners.