Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings will battle it out for yet more silverware at this year’s children’s equivalent of the Bafta Awards, it was announced today.
The two rival movies, huge cinematic successes across the globe, have both been nominated for Best Feature Film.
The annual awards – now in its seventh year – will be held tomorrow night at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel and is the latest in a long line of ceremonies at which the fantasy epic and wizard wonder have been pitted against each other.
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released only last year and has since become one of the highest grossing films of all time, collecting numerous accolades along the way.
More recently the film conjured up the biggest one-day sale for a DVD in the UK, selling 1.27 million copies in its first day on the shelves.
In comparison Harry Potter And The Philosopher’s Stone shifted 1.25 million copies, and 1.6 million after just seven days.
But they will first have to get passed a handful of monsters and a small mouse before being able to make the acceptance speech.
Monsters Inc and Stuart Little 2 have also been nominated for Best Feature Film at the awards bash which will be hosted by comedian and TV personality Richard Blackwood.
Amanda Berry, Bafta chief executive, said: “There has been a huge amount of entries for the 2002 awards from both terrestrial and satellite broadcasters.
“All entries have exceeded expectations in terms of quality, content and production, from both the small and large screen.”
In the entertainment category SM:tv Live is nominated for a third year running alongside sister show CD:UK.
A new “interactive” category has been added to the list of honours up for grabs at the Baftas to recognise the latest change influencing children’s programming – as well as a prize for the best writer.
In addition to the 14 gongs two further awards will be presented for outstanding creative contribution to children’s programming.
A host of celebrities from the worlds of TV, film and sport are expected to attend the ceremony.