Oscars 2019: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were handed out tonight. The first of four major precursors. They’re the ones who got finished first, therefore they’re the first article to go up.

Klaus won every category it was nominated for, which is seven in total: Animated Feature, Directing, Character Animation, Character Design, Production Design, Storyboarding and Editorial.  I Lost My Body, meanwhile, won three awards, for Independent Animated Feature, Music and Writing. And Frozen II won for Animated Effects and Voice Acting for Josh Gad as Olaf.

So basically the two extra nominee we weren’t sure about that the guild pushed through to the nominations list won all the awards. I’m not really that surprised. It must be boring as hell voting for Disney or Pixar every year. So I get them doing something like this. Klaus was a breath of fresh air, just like I’m sure Spider-Verse was last year. And I feel like part of what they do is like when LeBron James doesn’t win MVP every year despite being acknowledged as the best player in basketball. And the other part feels like them trying to spur these other people to actually make good movies and not leave it all to Disney and Pixar.

I’m not really putting much stock into this, though thank god this finally gives me something other than Toy Story to consider as a choice in that category, because it was looking like a straight runaway. I mean, it’s still probably a straight runaway, but I do wanna see what BAFTA does first. Maybe Klaus can win there and make things spicy.

I mean, in the end, the Academy only understands Disney or Pixar unless something really obvious like Spider-Verse is put on their plate instead, so I know they’re just gonna vote Toy Story and that’ll be the end of it, but this at least makes things humorously interesting for a minute. So that’s nice.

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One response

  1. Seriously though, BAFTA pending, the fact that Frozen II wasn’t included in the Oscar category made it so much easier for Toy Story 4 to win, even with this setback for it, Globe winner Missing Link, and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (whose franchise more people are aware of in general compared to the Netflix films, I’m willing to argue). Dominating the Annies has put the two Netflix films on Missing Link and Dragon 3’s level, but Toy Story 4 remains freed of the weight of having to fight for votes against Frozen II (and The Lion King, in the case of the Globes and whichever guilds happened to have nominated The Lion King).

    January 25, 2020 at 11:26 pm

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