Streaming service Apple TV+ has scooped its first two British Academy Television Craft Awards – the UK equivalent of the Emmys – for its documentary special 9/11: Inside the President’s War Room and the music docuseries 1971: The Year That Music Changed Everything.
Apple commented on the double triumph in a press release: “This marks Apple’s first BAFTA TV Awards wins and follows a string of accolades for Apple Original films, documentaries, and series earning 243 wins and 961 award nominations, including this year’s Oscar Best Picture winner CODA.”
The British Academy Television Craft Awards are described by BAFTA as “celebrating the very best behind-the-scenes television talent of 2021.”
One of the award wins was for 9/11’s Danny Collins and Mark Hammill in the Editing: Factual category, while 1971 claimed victory in the Sound: Factual category, the contributions of Stephen Griffiths, Andy Shelley, Nas Parkash, Dan Johnson, Tae Hak Kim and Claire Ellis all being honored.
At the time of the initial announcements of the nominations last month, Apple TV+ was officially a contender for seven BAFTAs, but the British organization corrected it to eight on the night. This was due to 9/11 having originally only been credited to production company Wish/Art Films and BBC One – the channel responsible for airing and co-funding it in the UK.
Another BAFTAs ceremony will take place on May 8, when we could see Leah Harvey take home the Supporting Actress award for her role on Foundation, and 9/11 might yet score another win in the Single Documentary category.