Nominations for the 70th annual BAFTA Film Awards, the British equivalent of the Academy Awards, were announced this morning in London.
The BAFTAs made a significant change related to their feature animation category this year, expanding the potential number of nominees in the category from three to five. The increase was put into place because, according to BAFTA head of awards Emma Baehr, “What we’ve found is that that sometimes people don’t enter more animated films because there are only three nominations. We want to make sure that as many films are entered so we’re giving the film committee the option to increase the number of nominations in this category to a maximum of five.”
If the goal was to advance diversity in the feature animation category, the BAFTAs botched it badly. Although the new rules allowed for five nominees, the organization selected just four films, and of those films, three were produced by the Walt Disney Company. In the ten years that the BAFTAs have recognized animated features, seven times the award has been given to the Walt Disney Company.