Friday, January 9, 2015

BAFTA Best Animated Feature Nominations Announced.

The awards season rolls on- we've already seen the nominations for The Golden Globes and The Annies, and The Oscars will reveal their nominations soon. Today however, it's the BAFTA's turn, as the British Academy revealed their nominations in London this morning. There's only three spaces in the Best Animated Feature category, and with so many high-profile animations released in 2014, there was always going to be some big names missing. Dreamworks Animation has been completely snubbed, with none of their three features making the cut- How To Train Your Dragon 2 having been their best shot. Instead BAFTA has plumped for The Lego Movie, Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls.

The Lego Movie was a shoe-in, being one of the best received animation films of the year pretty much everywhere. Big Hero 6 isn't actually being released in the UK until later this month, but presumably had qualifying festival screenings. Song Of The Sea and The Tale Of The Princess Kaguya are in a similar situation, but it appears that they've been overlooked. We're thrilled to see the Boxtrolls make it though- flying the flag for stop-motion.

Although The Lego Movie would have to be presumed favourite, The Boxtrolls (although an American production) has the most British sensibility. Based on a book by a UK author, and with a cast made up mainly of Brits, will that make it most appealing to BAFTA voters?

In the Best British Animated Short Category, the nominations were (the brilliantly named) Monkey Love Experiment, The Bigger Picture and My Dad.

The BAFTA Film Awards will be handed out on February 8th 2015, at the Royal Opera House in London.



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