No awards ceremony stays the same. Categories are added and lost. Forty years ago, Bafta still divided its acting prizes between British and foreign performers. The addition of a best animated feature award this year reflects the sheer bulk and popularity of animated features released in the UK.
The nominations - Cars, Flushed Away and Happy Feet - are safe choices, with commercial appeal suggesting Happy Feet could be the front runner. The new category might even make the Academy consider a best documentary prize, an area that seems undervalued in the Bafta bigger picture.