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Oscars 2014: Annie Award Nominations

Our first guild nominations are out.

Unfortunately, they’re the Annie Awards, which mean nothing.

Not to belittle them, but they actually mean nothing. Most years, Pixar says, “Just take us out of the running. We know we’re great.” Not anymore, of course, since Pixar hasn’t made a good movie in four years. And then there are so many categories, so where do you begin? And honestly, once you get your Oscar category for Animation, you can basically pick the winner. (Because usually it’s, “Are we voting Disney this year or Pixar?”)

But you know, we go over them, because maybe they give us a leg up on guessing nominations. I don’t know. I pretend weird things sometimes.

Here are your Annie Award nominees:

Best Animated Feature

Big Hero 6

Cheatin’

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Oh, and did I mention — that’s also why you can’t really take them seriously. What help is that? Song of the Sea isn’t even on the shortlist.

Basically, all this tells us is that they like animation. Obviously Disney is on. Obviously How to Train Your Dragon is on. Why wouldn’t they include Ghibli? This does nothing to help us. Your top six Oscar contenders are basically all here. I haven’t officially posted the shortlist of eligible films, since I was holding off until Frozen is done, but guess what? The only real surprise is that Mr. Peabody and Sherman isn’t here, since that made money and I expect it to get somewhat of a push. But otherwise — four of your five Oscar nominees are locked. And they’re all right here. Who’s not going to assume Big Hero 6 and The Lego Movie are going to be nominated? (And that the Lego Movie is going to win in a landslide?) Clearly How to Train Your Dragon 2 is going to be nominated. And The Boxtrolls is stop-motion. They love that shit. Of course that’s gonna get on. Right there, four of your nominees are done. The only question is what the fifth nominee is going to be.

Anyway…

Best Animated Special Production

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

Dawn of the Dragon Racers

How Murray Saved Christmas

Polariffic

Toy Story That Time Forgot

Doesn’t matter at all. Moving on.

Best Animated Short Subject

Coda

Duet

Feast

Inside Homer – The Simpsons Couch Gag (Episode #549)

Me and My Moulton

Silent

The Dam Keeper

The Raven

Guess what? Five of these are shortlisted for Animated Short as well. Know what the problem is there? One of the other shortlisted movies was nominated in this category last year. And another one that was nominated last year didn’t even get nominated. So it’s really not helping us that much at all.

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Commercial

I’m skipping this one entirely.

Sorry, but none of this is helping me pick the nominees, and that’s really my only concern here.

That’s why you come to me. I cut out most of the bullshit.

You’ll notice I don’t even bother posting all the critics groups like most Oscar places do. Because it doesn’t matter who the New York Film Critics Society picked as Best Picture. Do they have Electoral votes? No. Then it’s irrelevant. I’m doing this with an end game, not to create more word space for speculation. The moment you see me utter the words “the state of the race” or start guessing how Best Picture is shaping up before the month of January right before nominations are announced, it is at that point you should stop reading this blog, because obviously I have jumped an Evel Knievel number of sharks and have lost all respectability.

See? Wasn’t that rant better than going over whatever bullshit that category was going to bring?

This is why you come to me.

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for Preschool Children

Doc McStuffins

Peter Rabbit

Tumble Leaf

Wallykazam!

Zack & Quack

This I allowed purely to see what kind of stuff they’re showing kids nowadays. I recognize two of them. And one of them purely because who hasn’t heard of Peter Rabbit? I have no idea what that’s actually about. What ever happened to the days of shows about anteaters and turtles? And giant, non-threatening big brother faces talking to you between shows? Remember Gullah Gullah Island? What happened to those shows? Wallykazam. Sounds like some superhero bullshit. Why not a show about a black family with a giant polliwog that lives with them?

I’m also the best analyst out there. In case that wasn’t obvious.

Best Animated Television/Broadcast Production for a Children’s Audience

Adventure Time

Gravity Falls

Legend of Korra

Over the Garden Wall

Wander Over Yonder

Is Gravity Falls a pun? In which case, that should win. And Wander Over Yonder sounds like a nice way to tell a child to get the hell out of your face.

Best General Audience Animated Television/Broadcast Production

Archer

Back to Backspace

Bob’s Burgers

Rick and Morty

Mike Tyson Mysteries

Regular Show

The Simpsons

No idea what Back to Backspace is, but I like the title. Whatever Mike Tyson’s Mysteries is, I support it wholeheartedly. The rest I’ve either heard of or seen. Pretty much seen them all except Regular Show.

As always, my heart is with the first and last nominees.

Best Video Game

Forza Horizon 2

Valiant Hearts: the Great War

Child of Light

Sure. Maybe specify that they have some sort of animation in them. Because I don’t see Grand Theft Auto on here. Technically that was animated too.

Best Student Film

After School

Dead Over Heels

El Coyote

Frog’s Legs

My Big Brother

Tiny Nomad

You know…. kids. Good for them.

I imagine student is college/grad school and not kindergarten.

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in an Animated Production

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Penguins of Madagascar

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

Outstanding Achievement for Animated Effects in a Live-Action Production

Edge of Tomorrow

Noah

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug

Transformers: Age of Extinction

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Isn’t that title something?

Yeah, we’re skipping it.

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Penguins of Madagascar

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

Uhh… you gonna tell us exactly what characters you’re talking about? Or is this just for the specific animator?

Because the VES nominees straight up say, “This is for designing this character.”

Honestly, whatever, at this point.

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

Guardians of the Galaxy

The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug

This looks like a Visual Effects category.

Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Video Game

Assassin’s Creed

Don’t Starve: Console Edution

Child of Light

Falling asleep here.

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Nothing against these awards, but they really don’t matter for my purposes.

Remember all those training programs they skipped in the Matrix because they were “major boring shit”? Well, that’s what I’m doing.

We’re getting into the kung fu here. Because the kung fu is all that matters for the plot.

Outstanding Achievement for Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

Big Hero 6

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Penguins of Madagascar

Rio 2

Song of the Sea

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Television /Broadcast Production

Adventure Time

Archer

Bob’s Burgers

Disney’s Mickey Mouse

Gravity Falls

Over the Garden Wall

The Simpsons

Archer is in the same category as Mickey Mouse. That’s amusing.

Outstanding Achievement for Directing in an Animated Feature Production

Big Hero 6

Cheatin’

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Book of Life

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

What a surprise, it’s the exact same movies as Best Picture.

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

You guys know there’s more than ten categories left, right?

This is why I skip most of these.

I just apparently am not doing so quietly this year.

Outstanding Achievement for Music in an Animated Feature Production

Cheatin’

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Mr. Peabody and Sherman

Song of the Sea

The Tale of Princess Kaguya

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Tech categories. This is hilarious.

Outstanding Achievement for Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

Appropriate. For them. But still hilarious.

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Storyboarding? Did we really send in supplies? Look — this is what we drew up to visualize the stuff we were going to draw eventually.

Outstanding Achievement for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Rio 2

Rio 2

The Boxtrolls

The Boxtrolls

I only put this in there because Planes: Fire and Rescue got nominated for something. And because two movies are on there twice for whatever reason. (Multiple sets of storyboards?)

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Television /

Broadcast Production

Disney Mickey Mouse (Bill Farmer as Goofy and Grandma)

Fairly Oddparents (Carlos Alazaraqui as of Crocker)

Robot Chicken (Seth Green as Robot Chicken Nerd)

Fairly Oddparents is still running?

Outstanding Achievement for Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

Henry and Me (Cyndi Lauper as Nurse Cyndi)

Rio 2 (Andy Garcia as Eduardo

The Boxtrolls (Ben Kingsley as Archibald Snatcher)

The Boxtrolls (Dee Bradley Baker as Fish)

How does Ben Kingsley not win this? Also — Cyndi Lauper? Really?

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Disney Mickey Mouse

The Powerpuff Girls

The Simpsons

The Simpsons

Toy Story That Time Forgot

Powerpuff Girls is still running?

Outstanding Achievement for Writing in an Animated Feature Production

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Song of the Sea

The Boxtrolls

The Lego Movie

Big Hero 6 should not win this.

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Television / Broadcast Production

Disney Mickey Mouse

Dragons: Defenders of Berk

Family Guy

Toy Story That Time Forgot

Turbo FAST

Ha. Family Guy got nominated for editing.

Outstanding Achievement for Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

Big Hero 6

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Song of the Sea

The Lego Movie

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Okay, so those are your Annie nominees.

Have you learned anything?

Because I haven’t learned much of anything.

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3 responses

  1. You didn’t like Big Hero 6 much, did you?

    I also find it funny how the Voice Acting award has only four nominees while shit like storyboards get like 7 nominees.

    December 2, 2014 at 11:48 am

  2. BlueFox94

    Whatevs about these awards. On the subject of BH6, I admired the first third while the somewhat condensed final 2/3 were by-the-numbers. Still looked beautiful.

    Btw, Pixar has made good films these past four years. They’re just not obvious masterpieces or the tightest of projects, that’s all.

    What stands out to me today, on the other hand, are the really fucked-up results from the National Board of Review, which probably doesn’t affect the Birdman vs. Boyhood competition at all. Still, anything fucked-up gets my attention.

    December 2, 2014 at 12:11 pm

  3. BlueFox94

    Oh, and if Big Hero 6 shouldn’t win Best Writing (which…yes, I agree), then neither should HTTYD 2 or Boxtrolls. The first was undercooked, the latter didn’t have enough substance, even with British mannerisms always being interesting. As far as I know, Song of the Sea is more visuals than writing.

    The Lego Movie should win Best Writing, hands-down–despite your being underwhelmed by the film amidst the buzz. It’s probably only because the zombies got to the film before you did.

    Perhaps you’re due for a rematch in a year or so. For now, The Lego Movie ought to make a nice, willing companion with longtime captive Donnie Darko.

    December 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

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