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A Close Shave cleans up

A Close Shave, the latest Wallace and Gromit film from Oscar-winning British director Nick Park, cleaned up at the first British Animation Awards....
March 1, 1996

A Close Shave, the latest Wallace and Gromit film from Oscar-winning British director Nick Park, cleaned up at the first British Animation Awards.

The awards, held at London’s National Film Theater, were created to ‘reflect the growing international reputation of British animation talent,’ say the organizers.

Produced by Aardman Animation, A Close Shave won four awards: best film over 15 minutes, best scenario, and two public choice awards for funniest and best film. The film has also been nominated for an animation Oscar this year, taking Park’s tally of nominations in the category to three.

Other winners included director Philip Hunt, who won three awards including one through Pizazz Pictures for his titles for the BBC series Reputations. His film Ah Pook is Here, based on a script by William S. Burroughs, won best film at the Cutting Edge.

All the winners received drawings of sheep from internationally renowned animators including Chuck Jones, Tim Burton and Nick Park as prizes. The idea derived from the awards’ acronym, B.A.A.

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