The finalists of the British Animation Awards 2014 have been revealed.
Held every two years, The BAAs reward the best in British animation across a variety of categories.
British actor Bill Nighy is in the running for Best Voice Performance for his work in The Hungry Corpse, facing off against Morwenna Banks for her role as Queen Marigold in Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom: Nanny’s Magic and Tim Dann for Compost Corner.
The Best Long Form category sees Aardman Animations and Sony Pictures Animations’ Pirates In An Adventure with Scientists go up against the Oscar-nominated Magic Lights Pictures’ Room on the Broom and Lupus Films’ The Snowman and the Snowdog.
The Awards will be held at the BFI on London’s Southbank on March 7th 2014. The ceremony will be hosted by award-winning comedian Aisling Bea.
Meanwhile, Peppa Pig is up for a second BAA for Best Pre-School Series for Peppa Pig: Mr Bull in a China Shop. A win would spell the fourth gong in this category for production company Astley Baker Davies.
Peppa faces competition in the pre-school category from Q Pootle 5: The Grooble Woogie and Sarah and Duck: Bobsleigh.
Aardman Animations’ Shaun the Sheep has been nominated alongside The Amazing World of Gumball and Compost Corner in the Best Children’s Series.
Meanwhile, in the Best Music Video category, Benjamin Scheuer: The Lion, Atoms for Peace: Before Your Very Eyes and Savages: Marsahl Dear go head-to-head, while the Best Short Film category will be contested by Mikey Please for Marilyn Myller, Sam Taylor and Bjorn-Erik Aschim for Everything I can See From Here and Felix Massie for In the Air is Christopher Gray.
Elsewhere, ads for Honda, Talk Talk, TSB and Barclays received nominations for Best 2D and 3D Commercial, while Passion Pictures BBC Olympic trail Stadium UK is up against Agile Film’s animated end credits for the film Filth and Blue Zoo’s promotional sequence for the new series of Gumball in the Best Film/TV Graphics.
Several animation studios are in the running for multiple awards this year. Beakus Ltd and Aardman Animations have each been nominated for three awards. Astley Baker Davis have two nominations for Best Pre-school and Best Voice Performance. The Royal College of Art in London has produced two of the three finalists in the Best Student Award category, whilst Fieldtrip also has two nods in the Best 2D Commercial category.
The three Public Choice Awards, voted for by the public, will be announced at the awards ceremony. The Public Choice Screenings are running across the country in 14 different venues from the 25th January through to the 19th February.