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The BAAs are now twenty-something. Here are some of the highs from the twelve editions held since 1996.

The home of the awards has been on London’s Southbank at the BFI and the NFT1 theatre except for a brief move north of the river Thames to the Shaw Theatre on Euston Road in 2004.

From the beginning, the engagement of a comedian as master of ceremonies was a hit with the UK’s animation community. We have lost the three earliest hosts, Willie Rushton from the very first edition, the wonderful Linda Smith from 2002’s awards and more recently Jeremy Hardy who presented the awards a record four times. Everyone at BAA was shocked by his passing in 2019, he was wonderfully gifted and presented the BAAs with the right tone of wit, satire, sarcasm and comedy that the animation industry and audience appreciated.

The BAA director and committee members have to be credited for talent spotting some fantastic emerging talent and invited them to compere the evening.  Many of whom have gone on to wonderful careers in Film and television.

One of the traditions over the years is the sponsors segment.  This has to be credited to two wonderfully funny, much loved industry faces, Mr Tony Collingwood and Mr Alan Gilbey—the Eric and Ernie of animation—who have made us laugh, sing, heckle, stand up, sit down, shout and most of all honour and pay tribute to all the sponsors over the years. We thank ewe both!

2018
Miles Jupp

Miles did a fantastic job of presenting the right tone for the audience and reminiscent of Jeremy in the way the audience lapped it up.

2018 Artwork Gallery

2016
Jess Robinson & Duncan Wisbey

 It was a very musical night and Jess went on to appear in the eleventh series of Britain’s got Talent in 2017.

2016 Artwork Gallery

2016 Event Gallery

2014
Aisling Bea

Was emerging when the BAAs asked her to compere, she was fantastic at having the right mix of quirky humour and professionalism.

2014 Artwork Gallery

2014 Event Gallery

2012
Thom Tuck

Remember the laughter!

2012 Artwork Gallery

2010
Caroline Mabey

The second time a female comedienne that presented the awards and was a hit.

2010 Artwork Gallery

2008
Joe Pasquale

2008 Artwork Gallery

2006
Jeremy Hardy

Hello again

2006 Artwork Gallery

2006 Event Gallery

2004
Jeremy Hardy

Back from a break

2004 Artwork Gallery

2004 Event Gallery

2002
Linda Smith

It was a pleasure to witness the comedy timing of Linda’s presenting skills and connection with the audience.

2002 Artwork Gallery

2002 Event Gallery

2000
Jeremy Hardy

Back again

2000 Artwork Gallery

2000 Event Gallery

1998
Jeremy Hardy

The start of the Jeremy Hardy years and strong association with the BAAs

1998 Artwork Gallery

1996
Willie Rushton

Willie Rushton compered the first awards

1996 Artwork Gallery