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BAFTA 2020 Animation and VFX Nominees Announced.

With the Golden Globes now behind us and the Annies around the corner, the 2019/20 Awards Season just keeps rolling on. Barely a day goes by without some organisation or other announcing their nominees. Next up it's the turn of BAFTA-, The British Academy Of Film and Television Arts.

As the British equivalent of the Oscars, the BAFTA Film Awards are one of the more prestigious events in the entertainment calendar. This year's nominees were announced on January 7.

Although the Best Animated Film category has been won by a Disney or Pixar film eight times since its inauguration in 2006, BAFTA sometimes seems to move by the beat of its own drum- giving awards to Kubo And The Two Strings and The LEGO Movie (which the Oscars chose not to even nominate).  LAIKA won't be able to repeat their success at this year's ceremony, however, as Missing Link is their first film to lose out in the nominations.

Instead, BAFTA chose to recognise local heroes Aardman, and nominated Shaun The Sheep: Farmageddon. The stop-motion sequel was released in the UK last year, but will be released in the US via Netflix.

Speaking of Netflix, the streamer received its first nomination in the category, with Spa Studio's gorgeous 2D feature Klaus picking up a nod. The remaining two spots are more predictable, with Frozen 2 and Toy Story 4 picking up their expected nominations.



BAFTA's short category is restricted to entries from the UK.  This year's nominees for British Short Animation are Grandad Was A Romantic by Maryam Mohajer, In Her Boots by Kathrin Steinbacher and The Magic Boat by Naaman Azhari and Lilia Laurel.

In the Visual Effects category, the nominees are The Lion King, 1917, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, The Irishman and Avengers Endgame.

The ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 2 in London and will be broadcast that night on BBC One, where they will no doubt cut out all the animation categories- as they do every year.

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