Monday, February 9, 2015

Awards Double: BAFTA Best Animated Film Goes To 'The Lego Movie', 'Frozen' Wins 2 Grammys

In the run-up to this year's award season, you'd be forgiven for thinking The Lego Movie was the front-runner. After all, Phil Lord and Chris Miller's film was the one animated film that seemed to attract the most love from critics and audiences alike (although How To Train Your Dragon 2 ran it a close second). However, that's not quite how it's turned out in reality. Infamously Oscar didn't even grant the film a nomination, while the Golden Globes, Annies and VES awards have been largely shared between HTTYD2 and Big Hero 6.

Lord and Miller can take some comfort though, as they have been recognised by the British Academy. BAFTA held their Film awards last night at a glitzy ceremony in London's Royal Opera House. The Lego Movie was handed the best animated film award, beating out fellow nominees The Boxtrolls and Big Hero 6. Lord and Miller were there to pick up the award themselves, although not that you'd know it from the telecast version. The ceremony isn't broadcast live and the two hour version broadcast on BBC One cuts out certain awards for time. This mainly consists of technical awards, but unfortunately also includes the Best Animated Film category. These awards are relegated to an end of show montage of "awards presented earlier".  Also included in this section was The Best British Short Animation which went to The Bigger Picture from Chris Hees, Daisy Jacob and Jennifer Majka.


Meanwhile, some time later on the other side of the Atlantic the US music industry was out in force for the Grammy Awards. There last year's award season darling Frozen won what must surely be it's last major awards. The Disney film's soundtrack earned it another two awards to add to it's already tremendous haul. 'Let it Go' won for best song written for visual media, while the album won for best compilation album for visual media. Congratulations to all the winners! Next stop: Oscars.


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