The feature category has a smaller number of nominees than some of it's fellow award ceremonies, which can often result in some pretty major snubs. On the other hand, the BAFTAs opted to award The Lego Movie last year, which was generally overlooked elsewhere. It's not hard to imagine that a similar situation may occur this year, when one of the three slots has been given to Minions- the most successful animated film of 2015, although far from the most acclaimed. However, the diminutive yellow menaces are less likely to triumph on the night itself considering the competition. The second slot goes- unsurprisingly- to Pixar's Inside Out. Pete Docter and Ronnie Del Carmen's masterpiece would seem to be the obvious favourite, except that the final slot is occupied by Aardman's Shaun The Sheep Movie.
BAFTA have a history rewarding both Pixar and Aardman- but they do seem to have a particular soft spot for local heroes Aardman. It is the British Academy after all. Yet with the praised heaped on both films in the British critical community, it's simply too close to call. However Pixar's film also received a nod outside the animated category for Best Original Screenplay.
In the short category, the nominations are: Edmond from Nina Gantz and Emilie Jouffroy, MANOMAN from Simon Cartwright and Kamilla Kristiane Hodol and Prologue from Richard Williams and Imogen Sutton. Eagle eyed readers may have spotted that animation legend Richard Williams is in fact not British, but the short was produced in the UK, so it qualifies.
The 2016 BAFTA Film Awards will be handed out February 14th 2016 at the Royal Opera House, London.