ASIFA-Hollywood has set Saturday, January 31, for its 42nd annual Annie Awards. The ceremony, run by the International Animated Film Society, will be held for a sixth consecutive year at UCLA’s Royce Hall. This year, Disney’s Frozen won a leading five Annies including Best Feature on its way to winning the Animated Feature Oscar.
In this week’s podcast, Deadline Awards Columnist Pete Hammond talks with host David Bloom about which films and performers got an Oscar bump out of the WGA, Annie and Cinematographers awards shows this past Saturday; check in on the Santa Barbara film festival’s celebration of Cate Blanchett and whether the controversy over her Blue Jasmine director in will spill over into the Oscar race; dissect the Academy’s defense of its de-nomination of “Alone Yet Not Alone” in the face of complaints by, particularly, religious and conservative critics; and discuss the highlights of Pete’s sit-down with Julia Roberts this week to discuss her supporting actress Oscar nomination for “August: Osage County.”
We’ll also get Pete’s take on the week’s notable movie debuts, including the true and likable WWII story The Monuments Men, directed by and starring George Clooney with a big-name cast, and The Lego Movie, a fast-moving and smart animated film that Pete suggests could be in the Oscar hunt a year from now.
Annie Awards: ‘Frozen’ Wins Big Including Best Feature; Miyazaki Gets Best Writing; Spielberg Honored; ‘Futurama’ & ‘Sofia’ Top TV; ‘Get A Horse!’ Best Short
Disney’s Frozen was on fire tonight at the 41st Annie Awards and now is generating real heat for the upcoming Academy Awards. Having made $864.4M worldwide at the box office since its late-November release, the 3D fantasy musical snagged 5 Annies tonight. Frozen won Best Animated Feature, Best Directing for Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Best Music, Production Design and a Voice Acting win for Josh Gad. who also was a presenter. Whether this will translate into Oscar gold remains to be seen. Last year’s big Annie winner, Wreck-It Ralph, which Lee co-wrote, ended up losing the Best Animated Feature Oscar to Pixar’s Brave. However, the 2012 Annie Feature winner Rango did win at the Oscars that year.
“We haven’t even started talking about a sequel yet,” Frozen co-director Jennifer Lee told me before the ceremony started. “We’ve talked about the Broadway musical but not a sequel. No one’s even mentioned it,” said Lee, who just flew in today from a promotional visit to Tokyo.
With 30 awards handed out and hosted by Patrick Warburton, this year’s Annies from UCLA’s Royce Hall also saw animation trailblazer Hayao Miyazaki take home the Writing in an Animated Feature award for The Wind Rises and Disney’s Mickey Mouse throwback pic Get A Horse! — which played before screenings of Frozen — take the Best Animated Short prize. Steven Spielberg, Akira creator Katsuhiro Otomo and Star Wars and Jurassic Park effects whiz Phil Tippett were honored with the Annies’ prestigious Winsor McCay for their contribution to the art form. DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods garnered three awards, for Best Animated Effects in an Animated Production, Character Design and Character Animation. The Chris Meledandri-headed Illumination and Universal’s Despicable Me 2 took the Best Animated TV/Broadcast Commercial award.
A recap of Deadline’s live blog of tonight’s show follows the winners list below.
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The Halloween special Toy Story of Terror! and Disney Mickey Mouse each won three awards. Best General Audience Animated TV Production and best Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production went to Futurama, while Disney’s Sofia The First picked up the category’s Preschool Children award. Industrial Light & Magic’s Pacific Rim team won the Animated Effects in a Live Action Production for their work on Warner Bros and Legendary’s apocalyptic blockbuster.
After a slightly late start, host Warburton kicked off the show by making a joke that he has “no experience as a host” but that the Annies are his favorite awards show. He later said of Royce Hall, “What a terrific venue to have the Annies — or, if you’re Seth MacFarlane, a birthday party.” He added that maybe he shouldn’t have mentioned it because “not everybody here was invited.” Later he said, “We lost Brian the dog on Family Guy this year. That was tragic news for fans of the show. … Tragic news for me would be if I found out Rogaine caused brain cancer.” He added that, “So Seth MacFarlane killed a dog. To me that makes him no better than Michael Vick.” The joke got a big laugh.
Congrats to all who took home an Annie tonight, check out the full list of winners below:
Listen to (and share) episode 53 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch, With Pete Hammond.
Deadline’s awards columnist talks with host David Bloom about this week’s first batch of year-end film kudos, from the National Board of Review, New York Film Critics Circle and Film Independent’s Gotham Awards, as well as the Annie Award nominations for animation and the Oscar short list of candidates for documentary feature, and see if we can tease out trends or favorites that might impact the rest of awards season.
Pete also talks about the “rapturous” initial response at SAG screenings for The Wolf Of Wall Street, the on-again, off-again excessive tale of high-finance excess from Martin Scorsese that finally made it on screen this weekend for some awards voters.
Finally, we’ll get Pete’s take on Out Of The Furnace, Scott Cooper’s latest intense drama with a glittering cast chock full of prominent actors, and the only film debut opening wide in U.S. theaters this weekend.
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year are A Letter To Momo (GKIDS), Despicable Me 2 (Universal Pictures), Ernest & Celestine (GKIDS), Frozen (Walt Disney Animation Studios), Monsters University (Pixar Animation Studios), The Croods (DreamWorks Animations), and The Wind Rises (Studio Ghibli and The Walt Disney Studios). Winners will be announced during the 41st Annual Annie Awards ceremony February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The full list of nominees follows:
Veteran TV/film/voice actor Patrick Warburton has been tapped as host of the 41st Annie Awards set for February 1 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Warburton, who became known for playing Elaine’s on-and-off boyfriend on Seinfeld, has been the voice behind the characters on numerous animated series including Family Guy, Hercules, and Buzz Lightyear Of Star Command. His film credits include The Emperor’s New Groove, Chicken Little, The Wild, Bee Movie, and Ted. The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting.
The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, has announced its call for entries today for the 41st annual Annie Awards. The submissions deadline is midnight November 4. Eligible productions must be released in the U.S. between January 1-December 31, 2013. To participate in voting you must be a current member, renew your membership or join ASIFA-Hollywood by November 4. Studio sponsorship contracts will also have to be in by that date. The link for the online submissions portal: https://submissions.annieawards.org/.
ASIFA-Hollywood, the International Animated Film Society, announced key dates for the 41st annual Annie Awards, which are set for Saturday, February 1, 2014. Call for entries will begin September 2 for TV and film productions released in the U.S. between January 1, 2013-December 31, 2013.
Listen to (and share) episode 12 of our audio podcast Deadline Awards Watch With Pete Hammond. With Oscar final voting just about to begin, Awards Columnist Hammond and host David Bloom discuss the impacts on major Oscar categories of this past week’s awards ceremonies by the Directors Guild, the Art Directors Guild, the animators’ awards (the “Annies”) and the Visual Effects Society. Which films are continuing to build Oscar momentum going into the voting?
Annie Awards: ‘Wreck-It-Ralph’ Wins 5 Including Feature, Robot Chicken ‘DC Comics Special’ TV, ‘Paperman’ Best Short
Wreck-It Ralph heads toward this year’s Academy Awards with newly added momentum. The videogame-themed Walt Disney Animation Studios pic was the bigger winner tonight at the 40th Annual Annie Awards. Ralph took Best Animated Feature plus Best Directing, Music, Voice Acting and Best Writing in an Animated Feature. Last year’s Annies Animated Feature winner Rango went on to win the Oscar for the same category in 2012.
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Hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and voice actors Maurice LaMarche and Rob Paulsen, the ceremony from UCLA’s Royce Hall saw DreamWorks’ Rise Of The Guardians, LAIKA/Focus Features’ ParaNorman, and Pixar’s Brave pick up several awards as well. Robot Chicken’s DC Comic Special won the Best General Audience Animated Television Production award. Marvel’s blockbuster The Avengers took the nod for Best Animated Effects in a Live Action Production and Rhythm & Hues Studio won best Character Animation in a Live Action Production for their work on Life Of Pi. Walt Disney Animation Studio’s Paperman won the Best Animated Short Subject award. South Park’s Trey Parker scooped a best Writing in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production for the long running satire’s South Park: Jewpacabra. Check out the full list below:
Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Director Rich Moore only thanked Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios CCO John Lasseter, as many people did tonight, but said he was so honored and thankful to be part of the Disney Legacy.
General Audience Television Production
Robot Chicken DC Comics Special – Stoopid Buddy Studios
“Let’s just keep making awesome stuff”, says Seth Green to the crowd on Robot Chicken’s win and the animation industry in general.
Directing in a Feature Production
Rich Moore, Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
The Annies exploded with a roar when Ralph’s Moore name was read aloud for best Feature Directing. The director joked that he’s in trouble because he gave his speech to “the teleprompter guy” (they’ve had issues tonight). Moore then gave a seamless speech thanking a wide variety of people involved “in this fantastic film”.
Movie reviewer Leonard Maltin and voice actors Rob Paulsen and Maurice LaMarche will share hosting duties Saturday at the 40th Annual Annie Awards at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Seth Green also is set to make a special appearance. Presenters and others scheduled to appear include June Foray, Jessica Walter, James Patrick Stuart, Kristen Schaal, Mae Whitman, Sean Astin, Greg Cipes, Jason Biggs, Jessica DiCicco, Lucas Grabeel, Darren Criss and Joey Richter. The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in animation in 30 categories ranging from best feature, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting.
The slate of nominations for Best Animated Features this year are Brave (Pixar Animation Studios), Frankenweenie (The Walt Disney Studio), Hotel Transylvania (Sony Animation Studios), ParaNorman (Focus Features), Rise Of The Guardians (DreamWorks Animation), The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (Aardman Animations), The Rabbi’s Cat (GKIDS) and Wreck-It Ralph (Walt Disney Animation Studios). Winners will be announced during the 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony February 2 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. The full list of nominees follows:
Best Animated Feature
Brave – Pixar Animation Studios
Frankenweenie – The Walt Disney Studios
Hotel Transylvania – Sony Pictures Animation
ParaNorman – Focus Features
Rise of the Guardians – DreamWorks Animation
The Pirates! Band of Misfits – Aardman Animations
The Rabbi’s Cat – GKIDS
Wreck-It Ralph – Walt Disney Animation Studios
Annie Award for Best Animated Special Production
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Warner Bros. Animation
Before Orel – Trust – Starburns Industries, Inc.
Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem – Illumination Entertainment
Disney Tron: Uprising – Beck’s Beginning – Disney TV Animation
Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury – DreamWorks Animation
Justice League: Doom – Warner Bros. Animation
BURBANK, Calif. (September 3, 2012) – The International Animated Film Society, ASIFA-Hollywood, announces its Call for Entries today for the 40th Annual Annie Awards. Featuring a new, more direct and entirely online platform this year, step-by-step instructions are located at submissions.annieawards.org. While submissions in all categories can be registered today, art and film/video uploads will begin on September 15. And, to provide a little extra time for all materials to arrive, we’ve extended our submissions deadline to midnight, October 21.
The 40th Annual Annie Awards ceremony is set for Saturday, February 2, 2013 at UCLA’s Royce Hall in Los Angeles. This year’s awards will be presented in 30 categories including two new categories – Best Student Production and Winsor McCay Member’s Choice Award. The new Winsor McCay Member’s Choice award will be on a separate ballot located on the Annies website (www.annieawards.org). While Annie voting is limited to ASIFA-Hollywood’s professional membership, all members both professional and associate of ASIFA’s worldwide chapters will be able to vote on this award.
Entries submitted for consideration will be from productions that were released in the United States between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2012. The deadline to join ASIFA-Hollywood or to renew membership in order to participate in the Annie Award voting is Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Rango took Best Animated Feature and The Simpsons was named Best General Audience Animated TV Production tonight at the 39th Annual Annie Awards, hosted by Patton Oswalt and held at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Jennifer Yuh Nelson was voted Best Director of a Feature Production for Kung Fu Panda 2. The Simpsons also earned Matthew Nastuk the prize for Best Directing in a TV Production. Paramount’s Rango took four other awards as well, for feature writing, editing, character design and the Members Favorite. Complete list of winners follows:
Annie Award Winners
Directing in a Television Production
Matthew Nastuk “The Simpsons” – Gracie Films
Directing in a Feature Production
Jennifer Yuh Nelson “Kung Fu Panda 2” – DreamWorks Animation
General Audience Animated TV Production
The Simpsons – Gracie Films
Voice Acting in a Television Production
Jeff Bennett as Kowalski “Penguins of Madagascar” – Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation
Voice Acting in a Feature Production
Bill Nighy as Grandsanta “Arthur Christmas” – Sony Pictures Animation, Aardman Animations
Writing in a Television Production
Carolyn Omine “The Simpsons -Treehouse of Horror XXII” – Gracie Films
Writing in a Feature Production
John Logan, Gore Verbinski and James Byrkit “Rango” – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK Films Productions
Editing in Television Production
Ted Machold, Jeff Adams, Doug Tiano, Bob Tomlin “Penguins of Madagascar” – Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation
Editing in a Feature Production
Craig Wood, A.C.E. “Rango” – Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present A Blind Wink/GK
The nominations are out for the 39th annual Annie Awards, which will be awarded February 4 at UCLA’s Royce Hall. Here are the contenders for Best Animated Feature: A Cat In Paris, Arrugas (Wrinkles), Arthur Christmas, Cars 2, Chico & Rita, Kung Fu Panda 2, Puss In Boots, Rango, Rio, and The Adventures Of Tintin. The Annies are put on by the international animated-film society ASIFA-Hollywood and span 28 categories (for the complete list of nominees, click here). “We are really excited about the expanded list of nominations this year,” said Frank Gladstone, president, ASIFA-Hollywood. “All of the major animation studios are represented, as are some of the independent productions from Europe and South America. This certainly is a testament to the wide reach and appeal of animation and the people who create it.” The group also will bestow the Winsor McCay Award to Walt Peregoy, Borge Ring and Robert Searle for career contributions; the June Foray Award to Art Leonardi for significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation; and a Special Achievement Award to tech company Depth Analysis.
Brad Bird won the Winsor McCay Award at the 38th Annual Annies for his work on animated films from Iron Giant to The Incredibles and Toy Story 3. Bird is currently directing his first big live action feature in Mission: Impossible-Ghost Protocol, and says he’s leaving animation behind. Only I’m not sure he means it. Fast forward to 4:30 and see what I mean.
The controversial 38th International Animated Film Society’s Annie Awards announced their nominees for Best Animated Feature today: Universal/Illumination Entertainment’s Despicable Me, DreamWorks Animation’s How To Train Your Dragon, Sony Pictures Classics’ The Illusionist, and Disney’s Tangled and Toy Story 3. What the official press release didn’t mention is that Disney/Pixar is boycotting the awards and refusing to participate due to complaints they have about the voting process among other things. Though the Annies nominated two Disney films in the top category as well as directing and writing for Toy Story 3 (how could they avoid it and maintain cred?), the group gave Disney and Pixar only 7 mentions. But the Annies showered 15 nominations on DWA’s Dragon and 39 nods overall that included films like Megamind and Shrek Forever After. It’s interesting that there was no mention of vote totals in the ASIFA-Hollywood release. Hmm. Something’s wrong in Toonville, and both Disney/Pixar and the Annies have some explaining to do.
“Hosted” screenings by notables not directly connected to the movies in contention for awards seem to be rampant these days. For instance, at the DGA in Hollywood, Sean Penn moderated a Q&A Sunday with his 21 Grams director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu and Javier Bardem (who received a standing ovation) after a screening of Biutiful. Similar screenings for that film have been moderated by the likes of Werner Herzog and Robert Benton with upcoming unspoolings hosted by Michael Mann and Alfonso Cuaron. The DGA has a long tradition of inviting other directors to interview contenders. Joel Coen recently talked up Sofia Coppola after Somewhere screened in NYC while Alexander …