Even before the releases of Saving Mr. Banks and Frozen, awards buzz was building for the films. Saving Mr. Banks is a true crowd-pleaser with a heartwarming story and an incredible performance by Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers, the author of the “Mary Poppins” books. Frozen, similarly, has heart at its center, with a great story about princess sisters Anna and Elsa, gorgeous animation, and a memorable soundtrack. Earlier today, the BAFTA nominations were announced, and the Disney films are well-represented. Read more about the nominations after the break!
The EE British Academy Film Awards, often shortened to BAFTAS, abbreviated version of British Academy of Film and Television Arts, are essentially Britain’s Academy Awards, as the organization is respected and the most notable across the pond. Saving Mr. Banks received five nominations: Outstanding British Film, Outstanding Debut By A British Writer (Kelly Marcel), Leading Actress (Emma Thompson), Original Music (Thomas Newman), and Costume Design (Daniel Orlandi). Frozen has been nominated in the Animated Film category, against Monsters University, the latest film from Pixar, Disney Animation’s sister studio.
OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
Click here to view the complete nomination list. Or, you can simply watch the nominations announcement below:
The awards show has proven to be an influence on the Academy Awards, even if it is only on the performance of a single film in awards season. Since nomination ballots for the Oscars are not due until later today, one cannot discount the effect that the BAFTA nominations can have. Still, the nominations today at least continue to tell us that we can expect to see both Saving Mr. Banks and Frozen vying for many awards in the next two months.
The EE British Academy Film Awards will be handed out on Sunday, February 16th.