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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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…)
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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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…)
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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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?) (more…)
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…)
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…)
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.
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.
So here are your Annie Award winners: (more…)
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: (more…)
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.
Two guilds announced their awards last night. I was too
drunk busy to write them up.
The first was the Annie Awards, which are pretty meaningless, but whatever. Wreck-It Ralph won five of them, so that’s still your favorite to take Best Animated Feature. Of course nobody is surprised if Brave wins, but I feel like Wreck-It Ralph has a lot of support.
The other was the Art Directors Guild Awards. Those I’ll remind you of, since the Best Production Design Oscar (remember, it’s not Best Art Direction anymore) is still up for grabs.
For starters — the Best Production Design nominees are:
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
And now for the Art Directors Guild nominees: (more…)
Another one of those, “Well that’s not surprising” entries into this Oscar season was the Annie Awards, which were held tonight. Normally, the Annie Awards have been all Pixar, but since 2008, they basically said, “Hey, don’t vote for us,” since they know they’re the best. Apparently there was some crazy stuff going on with politics, since in 2008, the Annies gave everything to Kung Fu Panda and ignored Wall-E. It was deliberate. Then they went back to them with Up, until Pixar said, “Just don’t vote for us,” so last year, they didn’t give it to Toy Story, and instead went with How to Train Your Dragon.
This year, to absolutely no one’s surprise, Rango won the top prize. That pretty much cements it as the favorite to win Best Animated Feature at the Oscars this year. (I still need to see A Cat in Paris and Chico & Rita. Once I do, I’ll see if I think they have a chance to spoil.)
Best Animated short went to Adam and Dog, which wasn’t even nominated for the Oscar. I’m pretty sure a couple of the Oscar nominees were on that list, so that tells us nothing about that category (not that it would anyway, since those categories are always impossible to predict).
Another thing to mention, since why not — my current favorite TV show, Archer, lost all of the awards it was up for. But, for the big award, Best Animated TV Series, it did lose to The Simpsons, so that’s not so bad.
That’s all I have. Rango was always the favorite since nominees were announced. Now it’ll be the pick all the way through until Oscar night, with one of the lesser-knowns potentially sneaking in as an upset.
I’ll be updating with the winners of the Art Directors Guild Awards as soon as they’re finished.