Gromit, VFX Flicks Up for BAFTAs

Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit from Aardman Animations and DreamWorks Animation is taking on some heavy live-action competition at this year’s Orange British Academy Film Awards (BAFA). The clay-animated feature is up for the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film of the Year, which will be awarded on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Produced by Peter Lord, David Sproxton, Nick Park, Steve Box, Mark Burton and Bob Baker, Were-Rabbit is up against BBC Films’ A Cock & Bull Story (Andrew Eaton, Michael Winterbottom, Martin Hardy), United International Pictures’ The Constant Gardener (Simon Channing Williams, Fernando Meirelles, Jeffrey Caine), Path’s Festival (Christopher Young,Annie Griffin) and United International Pictures’ Pride & Prejudice (Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Paul Webster, Joe Wright, Deborah Moggach).

Films competing for achievement in special visual effects are Disney’s The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Dean Wright, Bill Westenhofer, Jim Berney, Scott Farrar), Universal’s King Kong (Joe Letteri, Christian Rivers, Brian Van’t Hul, Richard Taylor) and the Warner Bros. hits Batman Begins (Janek Sirrs, Dan Glass, Chris Corbould), Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Nick Davis, Jon Thum, Chas Jarrett, Joss Williams) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Jim Mitchell, John Richardson). Batman, Charlie, Potter and Kong are also up for the award for production design, along with DreamWorks’ Memoirs of a Geisha.

This year’s run-off for Short Animation Film pits Anthony Lucas’ Annecy Grand Prix-winning short epic The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello against Tomek Baginski’s Fallen Art, Osbert Parker’s Film Noir, Sumito Sakakibara’s Kamiya’s Correspondence and Run Wrake’s Rabbit. Monster Distributes picked up rights to Jasper Morello after Annecy and has sold it to Arte France, Canal Plus Poland, EBS Korea and TSR Switzerland.

Nominees for Film of the Year are Paramount Pictures’ Brokeback Mountain, Sony Pictures’ Capote, United International Pictures’ The Constant Gardener, Lions Gate’s Crash and Warner Independent Pictures’ Good Night, and Good Luck.