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Aardman Animations came out on top with four nominations as the U.K. Film Council today announced finalists for the 2008 British Animation Awards. Bringing together the industry’s most talented and celebrated figures, the annual event will be held on March 13 at the BFI on the South Bank (National Film Theatre). The ceremony will be hosted by veteran voice actor Joe Pasquale, who can be heard in 20th Century Fox Animation’s CG adaptation of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears A Who!, starring Jim Carrey and Steve Carell.

“The mix of nominees for the 2008 Awards reflects the diversity of the work that makes the UK such a powerhouse in the international animation scene,” says awards director Jayne Pilling. “BAA strives to award those that have made a contribution to the animation scene whether they’re newcomers or veterans.”

Aardman’s Shaun the Sheep is up for Best Children’s Series, while The Pearce Sisters, directed by Aardman’s Luis Cook, is in the running for the Craft Award and Best Short Film. In addition, The Peculiar Adventures of Hector Directors, which Aardman created in collaboration with Texaco, is nominated for New Media: Best Commissioned Animation. In the hotly contested Craft Award, Aardman will find tough competition from Dreams & Desires: Family Ties by renowned animator Joanna Quinn, as well as Ian Mackinnon’s Adjustment. The other nominees for Best Short Film are Elizabeth Hobbs’ The Old, Old, Very Old Man, and Osbert Parker’s Yours Truly.

Nominated for Best TV Special, Tiger Aspect’s Charlie & Lola: How Many More Minutes Until Christmas and The Wrong Trainers are up against Suzie Templeton’s stop-motion film Peter & The Wolf, which has recently been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short.

In the newly created Best Voice Character category, Jane Horrocks who, provides the voice for Illuminated Film Co.’s Little Princess, is up against Robert Lindsay in Jon Dunleavy’s short The Technical Hitch, and Peter Capaldi in Haunted Hogmanay from Scotland’s Ko Lik Films. Little Princess receives a second nomination in the Best Preschool Series category, taking on Charlie & Lola: Too Many Big Words and Zinkia’s Pocoyo.

The British Animation Awards’ Public Choice offers audiences across the U.K. a chance to vote for winners in the short film, music video and animated commercial categories. Voting forms are being issued at screenings taking place in a number of venues in 28 cities across the U.K. Kids can also get into the act with the Children’s Choice Award, sponsored by CBBC/CBeebies.

For a complete list of nominees and other details of the event, go to



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