‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: From BAFTAs to Oscars?

The stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings” may have the inside track to win the Oscar for Best Animated Feature. On Sunday, the film won the BAFTA Award in that category, defeating, among others, its Oscar rival “Zootopia.”

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Since the BAFTAs started handing out honors for animated films in 2006, the winner has gone on to claim the Oscar, with one exception: in 2014 when “The LEGO Movie” won at BAFTA even though it wasn’t nominated by the Academy.

BAFTA has correctly forecasted the wins for “Happy Feet” (2006), “Ratatouille” (2007), “WALL-E” (2008), “Up” (2009), “Toy Story 3” (2010), “Rango” (2011), “Brave” (2012), “Frozen” (2013) and “Inside Out” (2015).

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The win for “Brave” was especially telling because the awards that year had been going back and forth between that film and “Wreck-It Ralph.” The momentum seemed to be backing “Wreck-It Ralph” until “Brave” triumphed at BAFTA (where “Ralph” wasn’t even nominated) and the on to Oscar glory.

In terms of critical love, “Kubo” is on the same level as “Zootopia.” Both have won 19 prizes from various critics groups from around the United States and both rate in the high-90s at Rotten Tomatoes, “Kubo” with 97% and “Zootopia” with 98%.

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“Kubo” is the only Animated Feature nominee with significant support from outside that branch of the Academy. The film managed to snag a nomination for Best Visual Effects becoming the first animated film to do since “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1993. “Kubo” also reaped a bid from the Costume Designers Guild for Excellence in Fantasy Film, the first-ever for an animated film.

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7 thoughts on “‘Kubo and the Two Strings’: From BAFTAs to Oscars?

  1. Yeah, one thing people don’t seem to forget with the whole BAFTA equaled Oscar eleven times argument is that only once has a film won just the BAFTA and nothing else, that film was Happy Feet. A film that also happened to win the AFI who’s 100% accurate and Zootopia happens to be the only animated film to receive that honor this year.

      1. That’s what he was saying. Only once has a film won just the BAFTA and then the Academy Award and it was Happy Feet. Likewise it was also a AFI film like Zootopia and 100% of these films to be recognized by the AFI have gone on to win the Oscar.

  2. Yeah, one thing people seem to forget with the whole BAFTA equaled Oscar eleven times argument is that only once has a film won just the BAFTA and nothing else, that film was Happy Feet. A film that also happened to win the AFI who’s 100% accurate and Zootopia happens to be the only animated film to receive that honor this year.

  3. I think Zootopia is the better written of the two movies but Kubo’s much more impressive given the amount of effort that went into making it. I think Laika has been very impressive with all of their movies and this would be a very deserved win for them… Plus Disney animation has won enough lately.

    1. Just because Disney has won more awards doesn’t mean squat! Awards should be given to a film that’s most rounded with story, characters, visuals, voice acting, impact, and theme. Not just visuals alone and not just because it’s an underdog!

  4. People forget that other than Kubo and the Two Strings, no Best animated picture nominee has ever been nominated for Best Visual Effects. That surely means Kubo is on the Academy’s radar and is admired for its visuals.
    I believe both Zootopia and Kubo have a 50/50 percent chance of winning.

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