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Oscars 2017: Annie Award Nominations

We have our Annie Award nominations.

I generally put next to no stock in them, since Best Animated Feature is a pretty intuitive category in terms of guessing. But it is interesting to see what they nominate, so we look at them.

Here are your Annie Award nominations for this year:

(What if The Boss Baby wins everything?)

Best Animated Feature

The Boss Baby
Captain Underpants
Cars 3

Coco
Despicable Me 3

I mean, sure. What this tells me is that I do actually need to consider Captain Underpants a legitimate contender (which I have been kind of doing once I saw that it had something like 86% on Rotten Tomatoes). Otherwise, nothing I don’t already know.

Best Independent Animated Feature

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
The Breadwinner
In This Corner of the World
Loving Vincent

Napping Princess

Sure. Tells me literally nothing.

Directing in an Animated Feature Production

The Big Bad Fox and Other Tales
The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
The Lego Batman Movie

So yes, The Big Bad Fox is a serious contender. That’s about all I got out of this.

Writing in an Animated Feature Production

The Breadwinner
Coco
Loving Vincent
Mary and the Witch’s Flower

I feel like this tends to be a bigger forbearer for the eventual category. Look back at the past six years in this particular category — they all get nominated. 2012 forward is really all you can look at, since the category bottomed out a bit in 2011, but really all that’s missed from their nominees were the times they left Pixar sequels off and The Lego Movie. So this, to me, confirms my suspicions that these four will be on (despite my having slightly less confidence in Mary and the Witch’s Flower than the other three).

Editorial in an Animated Feature Production

The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
The Lego Batman Movie
The Star

Sure.

I still don’t know what editorial is and rather than looking it up I just assume it means editing. I’m guessing it might not mean that and really means what editorial means elsewhere, but whatever. Most of the usual suspects either way.

Production Design in an Animated Feature Production

The Breadwinner
Coco
Ferdinand
Leap!
Mary and the Witch’s Flower

Good for Leap. (Said only me.)

Music in an Animated Feature Production

The Breadwinner
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie
Coco
Loving Vincent
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

That last one — really? Did they listen to it?

Animated Effects in an Animated Production

Avatar: Flight of Passage
Cars 3
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure

I don’t necessarily care which one it is, but if Pixar doesn’t win this, it’s a joke.

Character Animation in an Animated Feature Production

Coco
The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales
The Boss Baby

HOW CAN A BABY IN A SUIT LOSE?

Character Animation in a Live Action Production

Game of Thrones, “Beyond The Wall”
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Kong: Skull Island
Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
War for the Planet of the Apes

Sure.

Good job, Valerian.

Character Design in an Animated Feature Production

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
Despicable Me 3
Smurfs: The Lost Village

Here’s where people get reminded a Smurfs movie exists and came out this year and that there are three of those movies.

Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production

The Boss Baby
The Breadwinner
Coco
The Star

How do they vote on this one?

Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production

The Breadwinner (Laara Sadiq as Fattema)
The Breadwinner (Saara Chaudry as Parvana)
Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants)
Coco (Anthony Gonzalez as Miguel)
The LEGO Batman Movie (Zach Galifianakis as Joker)

They’ll give it to Galifianakis, but the little girl in Breadwinner or the kid from Coco should win.

Best Animated Short Subject

Dear Basketball
Hedgehog’s Home
Negative Space
Scavengers
Son of Jaguar

I mention this category because Dear Basketball and Negative Space were both shortlisted for Animated Feature.

Best Student Film

Cradle
Elsewhere
Good Night, Everybuds!
Once a Hero
Poles Apart

And Cradle was shortlisted too.

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So there are your Annie Awards. Maybe it shifts a few #6-10 contenders around, but by and large all the same movies I thought had a chance still have a chance.

But we’re getting there, guys. We’re almost there.

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One response

  1. “Writing in an Animated Feature Production: I feel like this tends to be a bigger forbearer for the eventual category. Look back at the past six years in this particular category — they all get nominated.”

    You forgot From Up on Poppy Hill, by the way, but it was admittedly in a six-film category.

    I think a forbearer you should also consider are the films nominated in both Best Animated Feature categories. Someone pointed out in another Oscar analysis site that ever since the Independent Annie category has existed (2015), the eventual Oscar category only contained films from either of those top categories. In that case, this bodes well for In This Corner of the World, The Boss Baby, and Captain Underpants: The Epic Movie, but not so well for The Lego Batman Movie and Mary & the Witch’s Flower.

    Do you think that trend will continue or will Lego Batman and Mary overcome their absences in those top two Annie categories with their writing nods?

    December 10, 2017 at 1:29 am

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