BAFTA honors go to ‘Penny Dreadful’ and ‘Sherlock’


The 2015 British Academy Awards were bestowed by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) on Sunday night. The BAFTA awards are a celebration of film and television on the scale of our own Academy Awards; many believe they have an even more acute eye (and ear) for quality.

Of the many honors bestowed came three for Showtime’s Penny Dreadful in Production Design, Makeup and Hair Design, and a Best Original Music award for Abel Korzeniowski. I spoke with Korzeniowski last year about the incredible richness and experimentation of his classically-inspired score for the show’s first season. The BAFTA honor is a well-earned reward and comes just in time for the show’s second season premiere this Sunday on Showtime, which the network will be offering for free.

In addition to Penny Dreadful, fan favorite Sherlock (above) took home awards for Sound and Editing. I spoke with the composers David Arnold and Michael Price of Sherlock last year and learned how vital their work is to the show’s success. While the award may not be a win for the composers personally, it’s a great success regardless that reflects the creativity and hard work put in by the show’s entire creative team.

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