VIDEO: How Bafta’s award statuettes are made

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The Bafta statuettes are 28 cm high, weighs four kilograms and represents the highest accolade in British cinema.

Destined to be carried on red carpets by stars of the silver screen, it starts its life in the less glamorous surroundings of this family-run foundry west of London.

“It all starts with the pattern equipment that you see over here. We use this equipment to make these components here, there is the mould and the core, and we will assemble the moulds like this and then we will put the liquid metals into these moulds,” said Patrick Helly, Director of NewPro Foundries.

The molten bronze is poured in, and gradually cools into the famous masks inspired by ancient Greek theatre.

When they’re ready, the statuettes are recovered from their moulds ready for cleaning and polishing.
“Each batch is for a specific awards ceremony. We have to get them there about three weeks ahead of the ceremony so they can do all the name plates and everything like that,” Helly said.

The foundry makes considerably more Baftas than were needed back in 1976 when Charlie Chaplin was awarded the first one. Nowadays the award recognizes computer games and interactive media, as well as the best in television and cinema.

Winners had better look after their awards though, as any damage could get them in trouble with the Academy.

The winners of these statuettes have already been decided… but we won’t find out who they are until Bafta’s award ceremony in London on Feb. 18.