Oscars 2015: Annie Award Nominations

The Annie Awards were announced today. Which I’m glad happens this early, because they’re essentially much ado about nothing. No matter what gets nominated a bunch here and wins, the Oscar category is still five films. Sure, best Animated Character is cool to see, but this won’t affect the outcome of the category in any way.

Though as you might expect, the three major contenders are nominated all over the place, so this isn’t going to change anyone’s opinions one way or the other.

Here are your Annie Award nominations for 2015:

Best Animated Feature

Anomalisa

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Peanuts Movie

This is looking like it has a really strong chance at being your Oscar category. I’m not gonna pick a winner, because we have those strange years where Pixar is like, “Don’t vote for us!” So I don’t care who they vote for. I’m only interested to see which movies the branch likes. And I said from the jump — Shaun the Sheep is one of those movies that you don’t know about, but it gets on.

Best Independent Animated Feature

The Boy and the Beast

Boy and the World

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

When Marnie Was There

All shortlisted. Marnie is the only one with a chance at a nomination.

Directing in an Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Extraordinary Tales

Inside Out

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Shaun the Sheep Movie

The Peanuts Movie

When Marnie Was There

Inside Out, Anomalisa or Shaun the Sheep. It’ll be one of those three. Unless they go with The Prophet and give it to like 9 people.

Animated Effects in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur

Home

Hotel Transylvania 2

Inside Out

Minions

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

I just assume Inside Out is sweeping everything until otherwise. No stake in this race whatsoever.

Animated Effects in a Live Action Feature

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Sokovia Destruction)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Jurassic World (Animated Effects)

Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials

Avengers should win. Jurassic is a runner up.

Character Animation in an Animated Feature

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

Home

Inside Out

Inside Out

Minions

The Peanuts Movie

They’re nominating the animators here specifically, which is why you see some movies twice. They also didn’t single out any characters, it’s just “all characters.” Which is kinda BS and one more reason I don’t put any stock into these awards.

Character Animation in a Live Action Feature

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Hulk)

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Ultron)

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (Smaug)

Jurassic World (Indominus Rex)

The Revenant (Judy)

Wouldn’t it be great if Judy was a person, and she was just randomly fully animated? (Judy is the bear, FYI.) Also, good luck winning this one, Smaug, you’re only in the movie FOR TEN MINUTES. They like Hulk, but I feel like Ultron was the draw in that movie. Indominus Rex makes some sense, but do they like the movie enough to go for it?

Character Design in an Animated Feature

Hotel Transylvania 2

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

Minions

This could go anyway, but I’d imagine Inside Out takes it, if not The Good Dinosaur.

Best Animated Short

Carface

Dissonance

If I Was God

On Ice

Sanjay’s Super Team

World of Tomorrow

Four of these are shortlisted, so there’s that.

Music in an Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem

Boy and the World

The Good Dinosaur

Inside Out

Inside Out has a chance to actually be nominated for the Oscar, but they could go any which way they want here.

Production Design in an Animated Feature

Boy and the World

The Good Dinosaur

He Named Me Malala

Home

Inside Out

Minions

Shaun the Sheep Movie

Inside Out, clearly.

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature

Extraordinary Tales

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

The Good Dinosaur

Hotel Transylvania 2

Inside Out

Inside Out

Minions

The award goes to the storyboarder and not the movie, clearly. So I don’t care who wins.

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature

Anomalisa (Jennifer Jason Leigh as Lisa Hesselman)

Inside Out (Amy Poehler, as Joy)

Inside Out (Phyllis Smith as Sadness)

Minions (Pierre Coffin as The Minions)

Minions (Jon Hamm as Herb Overkill)

The Peanuts Movie (Alex Garfin as Linus)

The Peanuts Movie (Belle Miller as Lucy)

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water (Tom Kenney as SpongeBob)

I feel like Jennifer Jason Leigh should win (the Independent Spirit Awards nominated her in Supporting Actress!), but if not her, Jon Hamm seems like a choice. They like big stars. Poehler and Smith likely cancel each other out, but I guess that could happen. Not that this category means much of anything.

Writing in an Animated Feature

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep Movie

When Marnie Was There

Makes sense. Interesting Anomalisa didn’t make it on here.

Editorial in an Animated Feature

Anomalisa

Inside Out

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet

Shaun the Sheep Movie

I assume that means editing and not “social commentary.” Either way, this all but confirms to me that Shaun the Sheep is getting on the final five.

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From here on out, these are the categories that are irrelevant to my purposes, so I won’t talk about them. But since they are part of the nominations, here they are:

Best Animated Special Production

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

He Named Me Malala

I Am a Witness

Kite

Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck

Niko and the Sword of Light

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial

Chex Party Mix: “Holiday Magic”

Man and Dog

Michelin Total Performance: “All the Performances In Every Tire”

We Are All Farmers

Yup. We’re just gonna skip through the rest, because — irrelevant to my purposes.

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Preschool Children

Bubble Guppies, Episode: 326 – “Super Guppies!”

PAW Patrol, Episode: 213, Pups Save A MerPup

Pet er Rabbit, Episode: 216 – The Kitten and Pig Adventure

Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Episode: #201A “The Good, the Bad & the Yo-Yo”

Transformers Rescue Bots, Episode: “I Have Heard The Robots Singing”

Tumble Leaf, Episode: Mirror

Best Animated TV/Broadcast Production For Children

Clarence, Episode: Turtle Hats

Gravity Falls, Episode: Not What He Seems

Harvey Beaks, Episode: A Day of No To-Do

Sanjay & Craig, Episode: Street Dogg

Star vs. the Forces of Evil, Episode: Blood Moon Ball

Steven Universe, Episode: Jail Break

Wander Over Yonder, Episode: The Breakfast

Best General Audience Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Bob’s Burgers, Episode: Can’t Buy Me Math

BoJack Horseman, Episode: Brand New Couch

Moonbeam City, Episode: Quest for Aquatica

The Simpsons, Episode: Halloween of Horror

Best Student Film

Can I Stay?

Dodoba

ed

Life Smartphone

Mother

Nice To Meeteor You

Shift

The Casebook of Nips & Porkington

Character Animation in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Episode: “Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 2”

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Episode: “Have Dragon Will Travel, Part 1”

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Peter Rabbit, Episode: 216 – The Kitten and Pig Adventure

Turbo FAST, Episode: “Turboldly Go”

Wander Over Yonder, Episode: The Good Bad Guy

Character Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Breadwinners, Episode: Wrath of the Pizza Lord

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Harvey Beaks, Episode: Night Club Night

Pickle and Peanut, Episode: Swim Lessons

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Episode: Pig Goat Banana Cricket High Five!

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Episode: Miss Cutesy Meow Meows

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Episode: “New Sponsor/ Cleopatra”

Character Animation in a Video Game

Armikrog

Evolve

Invisible, Inc.

Directing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Archer, Episode: Edie’s Wedding

Disney Mickey Mouse, Episode: Coned

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Episode: “Reign of Fireworms”

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Gravity Falls, Episode: Northwest Mansion Mystery

Mickey Mouse, Episode: Bottle Shocked

Pickle and Peanut, Episode: Pickle the Falcon Master

Steven Universe, Episode: The Test

Music in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Disney Mickey Mouse, Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Puffin Rock, Episode: Night Lights

Sanjay & Craig, Episode: Street Dogg

Sheriff Callie’s Wild West, Episode: #201A “The Good, the Bad & the Yo-Yo”

The Venture Bros: All This And Gargantua-2

Wander Over Yonder, Episode: The Black Cube

Production Design in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Dawn of the Croods, Episode: “Garden of Eaten”

Fresh Beat Band of Spies, Episode: 107, Singing Pirate

Gravity Falls, Episode: Xpcveaoqfoxso (Weirdmageddon)

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Episode: Happy Chalawunga!

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Episode: Prank Thy Neighbor

Puffin Rock, Episode: Night Lights

The Mr. Peabody and Sherman Show, Episode: “Peabody’s Parents/Galileo”

Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Adventure Time, Episode: Walnuts & Rain

Disney Mickey Mouse, Episode: ¡Feliz Cumpleaños!

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Episode: Eye of the Beholder (Part 1 and 2)

Niko and the Sword of Light, Episode: (pilot)

Steven Universe, Episode: Jail Break

The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Episode: “Hidden”

Wander Over Yonder, Episode: The Breakfast

We Bare Bears, Episode: Burrito

Voice Acting in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Bob’s Burgers, Episode: Hawk & Chick

Breadwinners, Episode: Movie Ducks

Dawn of the Croods, Episode: “The First Picture Show”, “School of Hard – Rocks”

Dawn of the Croods, Episode: “The First Picture Show,” “Mom Genes”

Pig Goat Banana Cricket, Episode: Underpants-Palooza

Star vs the Forces of Evil, Episode: Compilation from Series

The Adventures of Puss in Boots, Episode: Various

Uncle Grandpa, Episode: Uncle Grandpa At The Movies

Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

Adventure Time, Episode: The Diary

Bob’s Burgers, Episode: The Hauntening

Gravity Falls, Episode: Not What He Seems

The Simpsons, Episode: I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Editorial in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production

All Hail King Julien, Episode: “Body Double”

Disney Mickey Mouse, Episode: Coned

Dragons: Race to the Edge, Episode: “Dragon Eye of the Beholder, Part 1”

Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas, Episode: Elf: Buddy’s Musical Christmas

Phineas and Ferb, Episode: Last Day of Summer

Star vs the Forces of Evil, Episode: Storm the Castle

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So those are the Annie Award nominations. As you can see, it’s too unwieldy to really say much of anything about the race. Animated Feature is one of those where you can sight test it and pretty much gauge from there. But still, it’s something to talk about.

At this point: Anomalisa, Inside Out, Shaun the Sheep Movie seem like locks. The Good Dinosaur could be left off. Doubtful, but possible. And Peanuts Movie seems like #5, but maybe Marnie gets on instead over one of those last two. That’s how I’m seeing it. And keep Minions as a dark horse, but I’m standing by my belief that it doesn’t get on.

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2 responses

  1. What about The Little Prince? Didn’t they show it in the US in time or was it just overlooked?

    December 1, 2015 at 2:25 pm

  2. BlueFox94

    It’s a shame not too many people know about Shaun The Sheep. It’s a modern Buster Keaton spectacle, even to the point of having no distinguishable dialogue. Plus, it’s got hands-down the best original film song of 2015 in “Feels Like Summer”. (Why that song isn’t considered a serious contender in any Best Original Song Oscar discussion absolutely baffles me.)

    Having seen The Good Dinosaur, I’d actually give that Production Design over Inside Out. The Good Dinosaur was utterly beautiful to behold.

    As for Voice Acting, I’ll only consider Leigh, Poehler, and Smith for that award. Why even consider Jon Hamm when Sandra Bullock clearly should’ve been the nominee instead (for being the only actor to really relish their role in that film)? The Peanuts Movie nominees in that category were barely in the film to make much of an impact. And Spongebob is Spongebob.

    December 1, 2015 at 3:15 pm

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