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BREAKING! ‘Kubo and the Two Strings’ Wins BAFTA Award

The Walt Disney Company owned three of the four nominations in the BAFTA’s best animated feature category this year, but the underdog—Laika’s Kubo and the Two Strings—came out victorious in the end.

The 70th annual BAFTA Film Awards, presented by the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, were handed out tonight at the Royal Albert Hall in London. They are considered to be the British equivalent of the Academy Awards.

Kubo and the Two Strings was up against Disney’s Zootopia and Moana, and Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory. Here’s a group shot of the directors and producers of the Disney-nominated films, in a photo posted a couple hours ago by Zootopia co-director Byron Howard:

The BAFTAs are a strong indicator of who will win the Academy Award. In the 10 years that the BAFTAs have honored animated features, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has chosen the same film nine times as the Oscar winner.

What’s the sole time that the British and American Academy have differed? It was in 2014 when the BAFTA gave the award to The Lego Movie, while the Oscars awarded it to Big Hero 6. (In that year, AMPAS did not nominate The Lego Movie, making it impossible for the film to even be considered for an Oscar.)

One other note for the history books: This is the first time the BAFTA has given the animated feature honor to a non-cgi film. Kubo, for the record, is considered a stop-motion/cgi hybrid.

Here is Travis Knight’s post-win interview at the BAFTAs:

In the special visual effects category, The Jungle Book won. The award was presented to Robert Legato, Dan Lemmon, Andrew R. Jones, and Adam Valdez. The other nominees in the category were Arrival, Doctor Strange, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

The winner in the British short animation category was the stop-motion short A Love Story, a National Film and Television School graduation short directed by Anushka Kishani Naanayakkara:

  • TheLillypop

    Well deserved! so happy Kubo finally wins a major award!! :D

    • Tricksieben

      Yeah just the only one. Zootopia wins the oscar. Every animationmovie there is in the List of the american Film Institute of the year won the oscar.

      • TheLillypop

        I wouldnt be so sure about Zootopia being a lock anymore. Every animated movie that won the BAFTA (with the exception of The Lego Movie) went on to win the Oscar. Plus im more than sure that the BAFTA are going to affect the Oscar voting which starts today. But either way im happy that Kubo was finally recognised and won a major award, even if it’s just the only one :)

  • Taco

    Laika showing that you can’t keep a good studio/movie/medium/group of artists down. Well done for Kubo & the Two Strings (+ your other brilliant films)

  • J

    Billionaires like Travis think Portland is the armpit of America? That’s funny.

    • t-pain

      I grew up in upstate NY, and Buffalo is the armpit of America.

      • Hopper

        I grew up in Buffalo, and you’re a twat.

  • Dman

    Although I didn’t love Kubo, it’s great to see Laika get some much needed attention.

  • Kubo really was an adventurous and amazing film, haven’t seen something as fun since Coraline and James & the Giant Peach (outside of Fantastic Mr. Fox)! Well deserved, and looking to see what happens at the Oscars, should be interesting.

  • Santosh OOmmen

    Fantastic! So glad Kubo won!

  • JodyMorgan

    Congrats to LAIKA and the artists who made Kubo and the Two Strings; hopefully the awards they’ve racked up and their exposure as an Oscar nominee will help spur more people to check out their movie.

  • Renard N. Bansale

    Good for you, Laika, but cherish this victory—Zootopia already has that Oscar in the bag.
    (And devote more time to your screenwriting department while you’re at it. ^_^ )

    • Dusty Ayres

      The scripts for most of the Laika movies were great, including that for ParaNorman-where have you been?

      • Renard N. Bansale

        Studying screenwriting at a university, so I was watching the film from that perspective.

  • TheLillypop

    Does anyone know where i can find the Best Animated Feature part of the ceremony (The nominees being presented, the announcement of the winner and Travis’s speech)?

  • Matthew Haycock

    Great to hear. Kubo may well be their best creation yet IMO.

  • :D Yay!

  • Strong Enough

    those fights scenes in Kubo were intense. someone was studying princess mononoke

  • Steven Bowser

    I’m really glad it won. Not to dis Disney, but it’s nice to see someone OTHER than Disney get some recognition (I was frustrated when Big Hero 6 won an Oscar. I think Kaguya should have won).

    I think Kubo was Laika’s best film so far, and I hope they can keep up the good work. It seems like they’re basically the only ones doing big-budget stop-motion films nowadays.