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Animation Nominations at the 72nd BAFTA Awards

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[British Academy of Film and Television Arts]

With the 76th Golden Globes out of the way, and with Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse taking home their Best Animated Feature Film award, it’s now BAFTA’s turn to honour last year’s animated feats!

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) revealed on January 9 all the nominations for their 72nd British Academy Film Awards. The favourite of the bunch this year seemed to be… well, The Favourite, with a grand total of twelve nominations. However, this article will focus on the two animation categories; Animated Film and British Short Animation, each with three nominations.

Incredibles 2, Isle of Dogs, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

[Disney-Pixar / Fox Searchlight Pictures / Sony Pictures]

This year’s Animated Film nominations featured three of the five nominations for the 76th Globes’ Best Animated Feature Film. First up was Pixar’s hugely successful sequel Incredibles 2, the latest of the studio’s many nominations of that category. Wes Anderson’s stop-motion dystopia Isle of Dogs secured the award’s second spot, marking it as his second time nominated in the category following 2009’s Fantastic Mr. Fox. Finally, the critical darling/Golden Globe winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse gained the third nomination spot, making it the first BAFTA nomination for Sony Pictures Animation since 2011’s Arthur Christmas (despite that one being more of an Aardman film).

It’s worth noting as a BAFTA Animated Film nomination, Isle of Dog was the only one of this year’s bunch to be made in Britain, being animated at 3 Mills Studios in East London. Additionally, much like with 76th Globes, Alexandre Desplat’s score for that film got nominated for the Original Music award, alongside BlacKkKlansman (Terence Blanchard), If Beale Street Could Talk (Nicholas Britell), Mary Poppins Returns (Marc Shaiman), and A Star Is Born (Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Lukas Nelson).

I'm OK, Marfa, Roughhouse

[Animate Projects Limited / The Brothers McLeod / Jonathan Hodgson]

As the title suggests, the British Short Animation category is exclusively for the UK’s local artistic creations. This year’s nominations consisted of three hand-drawn animated shorts including Elizabeth Hobbs’s I’m OK, The Brothers McLeod’s Marfa, and Jonathan Hodgson Roughhouse.

Below is a reminder of the 72nd BAFTA’s animation nominations, along with the recipients:

Animated Film

  • Incredibles 2 (Brad Bird, John Walker)
  • Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson, Jeremy Dawson)
  • Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman, Phil Lord)

British Short Animation

  • I’m OK (Elizabeth Hobbs, Abigail Addison, Jelena Popović)
  • Marfa (Greg McLeod, Myles McLeod)
  • Roughhouse (Jonathan Hodgson, Richard Van Den Boom)

The winners are to be revealed on event day, which will be held at the Royal Albert Hall, London on February 10, 2019. Joanna Lumley (Corpse Bride) will host the event in her second consecutive year.

Let us know in the comments on who you think will win the Animated Film and British Short Animation BAFTA!

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About Karl Smith

Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon series, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt. Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science graduate who is now studying Digital Design in university. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).