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Winners announced for 2016 British Animation Awards

Published on: 11th March 2016

Top honours went to Martin Freeman, Aardman Animation’s Shaun The Sheep: The Movie, Magic Light Pictures’ Stick Man and The Amazing World of Gumball.

BAA-480The BAAs are the only awards to recognise all forms of animation and honour the finest achievements in the genre produced in this country over the last two years. The winners were announced yesterday for the awards in the 20th year since their inception.

The Hobbit and Sherlock star Martin Freeman picked up the award for Best Voice Performance for his vocal turn in Magic Light Pictures’ Christmas tale Stick Man. Stick Man was one of only two double winners on the night, also picking up the award for Best Use of Sound.

The award for Best Long Form was won by Aardman Animations’ Shaun The Sheep: The Movie. The stop frame animation saw off competition from Stick Man and Fettle Animation’s moving film, Children of the Holocaust. It is the 20th BAA that Aardman Animations has won over the past two decades.

Another big winner was Turner Broadcasting’s children’s series The Amazing World of Gumball: The Shell, which scooped awards for Best Children’s Series and the Children’s Choice Award, chosen by a jury of children. Staying in the children’s categories, the Best Pre-School Series, sponsored by Sue Terry Voices, was won by Sixteen South’s Lily’s Driftwood Bay: Goodbye Seagull.

BAA director, Jayne Pilling, commented: “It’s 20 years since these awards began and we never cease to be bowled over by the sheer creativity and innovation in the British animation industry. The incredibly difficult decisions that our panels had to make to choose the winners prove that the animation industry is in better health than it’s ever been.”

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