The British Academy Film and Television Award winners have been announced in London.
Winning the award for Animated Film (Feature) Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings have beaten a Disney led triumvirate of Moana, Zootropolis from Disney Feature Animation and Pixar sequel Finding Dory. Director Travis Knight finds himself winning both his and his studio’s first BAFTA with his first nomination as director. Laika have been nominated for every one of their features to date.
The BAFTA feature animation award has been a safe way to bet on the Oscar winner. Every winner of the BAFTA that has also been nominated for Oscar has won, the exception being 2015’s BAFTA win for The LEGO Movie which was snubbed by the Academy.
Winning for British Short Animation was A Love Story by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara, Khaled Gad and Elena Ruscombe-King, the NFTS short beat fellow alumni The Alan Dimension by Jac Clinch and Tough by Kingston University graduate Jennifer Zheng in the student heavy showdown.
The BAFTA for VFX went to The Jungle Book awarded to Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, Adam Valdez. The “live action” remake of the 1968 Disney classic featured an entirely digital cast and setting with the only live action component being Mowgli played by Neel Sethi.