Since 2006 when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts started awarding an honor for best animate feature, the organization has accurately predicted the winner of the Oscar 100% of the time. All eight films that had won the BAFTA Award had gone on to also win the Oscar. That won’t happen this year.
Tonight the BAFTA Awards were presented in London, and the animated feature award was presented to The LEGO Movie, a film that wasn’t nominated for an Oscar. LEGO Movie contended against Big Hero 6 and The Boxtrolls. The current Oscar frontrunner, How to Train Your Dragon 2, didn’t even garner a nomination.
“You are our favorite Academy by far,” said the film’s directors, Chris Miller and Phil Lord after accepting their award, a clear swipe at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, which selects the Oscars. “You guys win the award for best Academy. This is the end of the awards road for us, so we can say whatever we want. There’s no one left to impress.”