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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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Oscars 2019: Annie Award Nominations

The Annie Awards were announced Monday. I waited to talk about them now, because I didn’t have an article for today and because honestly, who cares? I mean, sure, it’s great for the people who work on these films, and that is very admirable. But in terms of the actual Oscar category for Animated Feature, these are pretty meaningless. At this point most people could guess 4/5 of the category sight unseen and all this is gonna do is maybe point us in the direction of the fifth nominee. Though I’d say that the Globes and BFCA will do a much better job of that than these will.

So really, we’re just about to look at how many nominations Disney and Pixar got.

Here are your 2019 Annie Award nominations: (more…)


Oscars 2018: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were announced tonight.

Rather than run through like fifteen categories you don’t care about, I’ll boil it down really easily: Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse won everything. And by everything I mean… a lot. It won Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Character Animation, Character Design, Production Design and Editorial. It did not lose a single category in which it was eligible.

Incredibles 2 won two awards, for Music (because Giacchino) and Storyboarding. Ralph Breaks the Internet won for Animated Effects, Mirai won for Best Animated Independent Feature and Isle of Dogs won for Voice Acting (Bryan Cranston). So each of the nominees won something. And Mary Poppins Returns took Character Animation in Live-Action (rightfully so) and Weekends won for Best Animated Short, which I guess is worth noting because it is nominated.

None of this is particularly meaningful, since we all knew Spider-Verse was probably winning the category. I think at this point when people see that it won everything, that’s when it starts to get those stray votes from the ones who don’t really know anything about the category and don’t watch animated movies because “they’re for kids.” Seems pretty locked at this point, even if I’m not gonna fully accept that Incredibles 2 isn’t a contender until it loses (because I don’t trust these old white people).

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Oscars 2018: Annie Award Nominations

The Annie Award nominations were announced today. Generally meaningless, but they announce early and it’s something to talk about before Oscar season is in full swing.

Plus, with the Animated Feature category so bizarre this year (owing to a very weak field), maybe this will be able to give us some insight? Doubtful, but it can’t hurt, right?

Here are your Annie Award nominations for this year: (more…)


Oscars 2017: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were last night. To spare you dozens of categories, Coco won everything. Not that we’re remotely surprised at that.

Coco won Best Feature, Best Directing, Best Writing, Best Production Design, Best Character Animation, Best Character Design, Best Music, Best Animated Effects, Best Editing and Best Storyboarding. Which, if you’re keeping track, is everything it could have possibly won for. Meanwhile, The Breadwinner won for Best Independent Feature, Revolting Rhymes won for Best Animated Special Production, and Dear Basketball won for Best Animated Short Subject, if you think that means anything. War for the Planet of the Apes also won two awards for Character Animation and Design.

So there. Pretty much what we knew — Coco has Animated Feature in the bag.

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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:

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Oscars 2016: Annie Awards

Big night tonight last night. Three major guild awards being were given out. We’re gonna handle them in order of importance. This one being the least important. (Note: I wrote all these up last night, but was too drunk to actually make sure I actually wrote them up, so they waited until this morning. Nothing beats drinking too much like waking up super early and cooking chili for your Super Bowl party.)

Not that the Annie Awards aren’t important, but so many years it’s like — this year Pixar decided to take themselves out of contention and told nobody to vote for them. Or this year Pixar decided they wanted to win everything. It ultimately doesn’t really affect Best Animated Feature all that much. You typically know what the favorite is without knowing what happened here. They haven’t been particularly helpful in gauging the race, aside from when the obvious choice is gonna win (and even then. Toy Story 3 lost to How to Train Your Dragon at the Annies. And that movie was nominated for Best Picture).

So here are your Annie Award winners for 2016: (more…)


Oscars 2016: Annie Award Nominations

They just announced the Annie Award nominations. Which I don’t particularly care about, because this is one guild that tends to not really be much of a help in gauging the Animated Feature category. Typically that category you can eyeball and get at minimum 4/5.

But it’s a guild, so I look at it. So here we go with this year’s Annie Award nominations: (more…)


Oscars 2015: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were also given out tonight. Surprise, Pixar won everything.

Inside Out won Best Animated Feature, Directing, Writing, Voice Acting (for Sadness), Production Design, Character Animation, Music, Character Design, Editorial and Storyboarding. The only category it lost was for Animated Effects, which went to The Good Dinosaur. So Pixar swept all the Animated film categories.

The two Live-Action awards went to The Revenant, which won for Character Animation, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, which won for Animated Effects.

World of Tomorrow won for Animated Short.

So that’s what we got. Inside Out can’t lose, in case you didn’t know that already.

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Oscars 2014: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were last night. I’ll be brief, because they have a lot of categories and don’t really mean that much overall.

The one thing to note with guilds is that typically they will try to gear their voting toward what was nominated. So, going into these results cold, I expect a fairly poor showing from The Lego Movie. Since, clearly they didn’t nominate it, so they didn’t love it as much as the public did, and the people who would have voted for it here are more apt to not because it seems like a lot of guilds really want to be in line with what’s gonna happen at the Oscars a lot of the time.

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Oscars 2013 Update: Annie Awards

The Annie Awards were announced last night.

Frozen, not surprisingly, cleaned up. I think we all assume that’s the lock of the category and that there’s nothing that can beat it. Especially with Pixar not even in the race this year.

It won for Best Animated Feature, Best Directing in an Animated Feature, Music in an Animated Feature, Production Design in an Animated Feature, and Voice Acting in an Animated Feature.

Best Animated Short went to Get a Horse!, Best Animated Effects in an Animated Feature went to The Croods, which also took home Character Animation in an Animated Feature and Character Design in an Animated Feature. Pacific Rim took home Animated Effects in a Live-Action Feature, The Hobbit took home Character Animation in a Live-Action Feature (the first one, too. Not Smaug), Monsters University won for Storyboarding in an Animated Feature, as well as Editorial in an Animated Feature, while The Wind Rises took home Writing in an Animated Feature.

They kind of spread it out a little bit, but it’s obvious what the favorite was. This all but assures that Frozen will take home the Animated Feature Oscar.

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