‘Coco’, ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Best Animation & VFX BAFTA Competition

The 2018 British Academy Film Awards were presented Sunday at the Royal Albert Hall in London, hosted by Joanna Lumley (Absolutely Fabulous). Continuing its award-season streak, Pixar’s Coco won the Animated Film BAFTA for director Lee Unkrich and producer Darla K. Anderson — the big studio spectacular was nominated alongside some of the highest praised indie features of the past year, Loving Vincent and My Life as a Zucchini.

The British Short Animation prize went to Poles Apart by Paloma Baeza and Ser En Low (watch the trailer here). The other nominees were Have Heart by Will Anderson and Mamoon by Ben Steer. Sci fi sequel Blade Runner 2049 also added to its award season tally by picking up the Special Visual Effects BAFTA for Richard R. Hoover, Paul Lambert, Gerd Nefzer and John Nelson — winning out over stiff competition Dunkirk, The Shape of Water, Star Wars: The Last Jedi and War for the Planet of the Apes.

Blade Runner 2049 also took the Cinematography honors for Roger Deakins. The Best Film award and four additional wins went to Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Guillermo del Toro won the Director category for The Shape of Water, which also came out on top for Original Music (Alexandre Desplat) and Production Design (Paul Austerberry, Jeff Melvin, Shane Vieau). Billboards and Shape of Water were BAFTA’s most-nominated films this year along with Darkest Hour, which won for Leading Actor (Gary Oldman) and Makeup & Hair.

The full list of winners is available on the BAFTA website.

Coco
Coco
Blade Runner 2049
Blade Runner 2049
Poles Apart
Poles Apart
Guillermo del Toro accepts the 2018 Director BAFTA for The Shape of Water. [Photo: Guy Levy/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock]
Guillermo del Toro accepts the 2018 Director BAFTA for The Shape of Water. [Photo: Guy Levy/BAFTA/REX/Shutterstock]
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