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LA Critics Name 'The Breadwinner' Best Animated Film

As we enter 2017's final stretch, more and more news will revolve around the film world's annual awards season. And as always, we here at AFA will be following all the animation related categories. In the run-up to the major awards organisations naming their nominees, various critics circles, unions and guilds name their own award-winners. First up this year is the LA Film Critics Association who named their winners this past weekend.

The Best Animation award went to Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner. The Cartoon Saloon feature has been presumed to be a strong awards candidate since before it premiered, and this would seem to confirm this. It should be noted however that the LAFCC has often selected a film that differs from what is considered to be the favourite by most other awards organisations. In 2016, they crowned Your Name, with The Red Turtle as a runner-up. Shinkai's feature was not even nominated by The Oscars, BAFTA, or the Golden Globes. 

Experience (and strong reviews) would suggest that Pixar's Coco would have to be a strong front-runner for the majority of Best Animated Feature awards, this indicates that it won't be a clean sweep. The Breadwinner is a film we're all very fond of here at AFA so we're thrilled to see it recognised at such a high level. This isn't the first award the film has won (it won a double at the inaugural Animation Is Film festival) and we'd pretty sure it won't be the last.