Pinewood and Shepperton Studios will receive a Bafta contribution award at the Orange British Academy Film Awards ceremony at London's Royal Opera House on Sunday 8 February 2009.

The studios, which are behind such classics as The African Queen and Dr Strangelove as well as recent blockbusters Casino Royal and Quantum Of Solace, also provide vocational training for the UK's internationally recognised creative sector.

Finola Dwyer, chair of Bafta's Film Committee, commented, 'Pinewood and Shepperton Studios have been at the creative heart of British filmmaking for over 70 years. This award recognises the role they have played in bringing to life some of the most memorable and iconic images in cinema history.'

Ivan Dunleavy, chief executive of Pinewood Shepperton responded, 'We are absolutely thrilled that the role of Pinewood Studios and Shepperton Studios has been honoured in this way, recognising the skills of all the people who have worked there over the last 75 years and the contribution which the Studios have made to British cinema and the UK.'