Who’s nominated for Best Animation at the BAFTA Film Awards and the Academy Awards?

See how many you’ve seen!


The biggest film awards of the year are just around the corner and buzz is mounting around who will take home the prizes on the night!

One of the hotly contended categories for the BAFTA Film Awards and the Academy Awards (more commonly known as The Oscars) is the Best Animation category, which is full of great films!

Last year the massive Disney hit Frozen was the big winner – what will be this year’s?

We’re taking a look at which films are nominated this year, including two new releases, and what Into Film members thought of them!

How to Train Your Dragon 2 (PG)

Nominated for: Academy Award

Available on DVD now

Following on a few years after the first film, this sequel sees Hiccup and his dragon pal Toothless discover an ice cave full of new wild dragons, along with the mysterious Dragon Rider.

The two friends soon find themselves at the centre of a battle to bring peace back to the lands. Who is the mysterious Dragon Rider?

And will the two be able to stand up for what they believe in?


Into Film member Eliza aged 9 said; I would highly recommend this film to anyone who likes sitting down, picking up their popcorn and getting stuck in to a PERFECT film (which is quite rare…) filled with suspense, sadness and fun”

Into Film member Ellie aged 10 said; I thought this film was really dramatic and vivid. This marvellous movie has extraordinary animation and an exceptional plot. The animators also did a fantastic job on Hiccups ageing between the first film and this one!”

The Boxtrolls (PG)

Nominated for: Academy Award & BAFTA Film Award

Available on DVD now

From the creators of Coraline and ParaNorman comes The Boxtrolls, the story of an orphan boy called Eggs, who is raised by cave-dwelling rubbish collectors called Boxtrolls.

When the town villain Archibald Snatcher comes up with a plan to get rid of his friends, Eggs decides to venture into the town above where he meets a girl called Winnie, who helps him to try and save the Boxtrolls!


Into Film member Max aged 12 said; Boxtrolls was probably the best stop motion animation I have ever seen, the story line and plot was to good to be true. The characters were brilliant, you could tell from the start who was who and what their opinion was on box trolls was. I think the texture in the characters faces, hair , and other parts of the characters”

Into Film member Liam aged 11 said; I absolutely love this film, I think it is hilarious, the animation is absolutely amazing, the film had me drawn in all the time.”

The Lego Movie (U)

Nominated for: BAFTA Film Award

Available on DVD now

Everything is ordinary for Emmet, totally ordinary, and to Emmet, that is awesome.

But one day, Emmet is singled out as the Master Builder, an extra-ordinary man who is the key to saving the whole Lego Universe!

With the help of Wyldstyle, Batman, UniKitty and many more friends he finds on the way, Emmet must find a way to save his Universe, and return to his ordinary life!


Into Film member Ayaan aged 10 said; This film is close to becoming one of my favourites because for me it kind of gives a moral saying “Never give up…” But anyway. I think this film is EXCELLENT just because in some parts it used Animation, and others it used stop motion.”

Into Film member Harry aged 9 said; “I really liked this film because it showed how anyone can be a hero, even an ordinary person.”

Song of the Sea (PG)

Nominated for: Academy Award

Release date: 10th July 2015

One of the lesser known nominees this year, Song of the Sea is a beautiful hand drawn animation about a young girl called Saoirse, who is the last of the Selkies (Selkies are women who transform from seals into people in Irish and Scottish legend.)

Saoirse escapes from her grandmother’s home, and journey to the sea where she tries to free fairy tale creatures that are trapped in the modern world.

The Tale of Princess Kaguya (PG)

Nominated for: Academy Award

Release date: 10th March 2015

Originally in Japanese, and translated into English, this beautiful animation is the latest film by renowned Japanese animation studio Studio Ghibli, famous for hits such as Spirited Away and The Wind Rises.

When a tiny Princess is found inside a bamboo shoot. Kaguya quickly grows in height and beauty, and soon attracts many royal suitors, but Kaguya has a strong connection to the moon, and all is not as it seems.

Big Hero 6 (PG)

Nominated for: Academy Award & BAFTA Film Award

Release date: 30th January 2015

From the Disney team that brought us Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen, comes Big Hero 6, a story about a child prodigy called Hiro, who forms a special friendship with a giant inflatable robot called Baymax.

Hiro and Baymax are suddenly caught up in a devastating mess, which inspires Hiro to band his friends together and create a High-Tec band of superheroes called Big Hero 6, who aim to unravel the mystery behind the drama!

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