STREAMING GIANT GARNERS TOP HONORS IN 18 CATEGORIES, INCLUDING BEST FEATURE, BEST FEATURE-INDEPENDENT
Netflix was the big winner at the 47th Annual Annie Awards™Saturday evening, garnering top honors in 18 categories, including Best Feature – Klaus; Best Feature – Independent – I Lost My Body; Character Animation in an Animated Feature – Sergio Martins for Klaus; Character Design in an Animated Television/Media Production – Keiko Murayama for Carmen Sandiego; Directing in An Animated Feature – Sergio Pablos for Klaus; Music in an Animated Television/Media Production – Rob Cairns for Love, Death & Robots; Writing in an Animated Feature – I Lost My Body; and Editorial in an Animated Feature – Klaus.
Juried Awards were presented honoring unparalleled achievement and exceptional contributions to animation. Three Winsor McCay Award recipients were selected by the ASIFA-Hollywood Board of Directors for their exemplary industry careers – Satoshi Kon (posthumously), Japanese manga artist, director, animator and screenwriter on the now classic films Perfect Blue, Millennium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers and Paprika; Henry Selick, stop motion director, producer and writer, best known for directing the stop-motion films The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Coraline; and Ron Clements & John Musker, animators, animation directors, screenwriters, producers and one of Walt Disney Animation Studio’s leading director teams with nearly 40 years of animation credits, from The Little Mermaid to Moana and many others, too numerous to mention.
The June Foray Award was presented to Jeanette Bonds, writer, independent animator, and co-founder and director of GLAS Animation; and the Ub Iwerks Award was presented to Jim Blinn, computer scientist who first became widely known for his early work in computer animation, and as a graphics expert at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), particularly on the pre-encounter animations for the Voyager project.
The Annie Awards honor overall excellence as well as individual achievement in a total of 36 categories from best feature, best feature – independent, production design, character animation, and effects animation to storyboarding, writing, music, editing and voice acting, and have often been a predictor of the annual Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The ceremony was live-streamed again this year at www.annieawards.org/watch-it-live where animation enthusiasts and those unable to attend the event, could watch the show. A complete list of winners can be viewed at www.annieawards.org. Photos will be posted on the Annie Awards social media sites and video highlights of the ceremony will be uploaded to the Annies website in the next few days.
How to Train Your Dragon Homecoming (DreamWorks Animation) won Best Animated Special Production; Best Animated Short Subject – Uncle Thomas: Accounting for the Days (Ciclope Filmes, National Film Board of Canada, Les Armateurs); Best Animated TV/Media Commercial – The Mystical Journey of Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster (Nexus Studios); Best General Audience Animated TV/Media Production BoJack Horseman Eps. The New Client (Torante Productions, LLC for Netflix); and Best Animated TV/Media Production for Children Disney Mickey Mouse Eps. Carried Away (Disney TV Animation/Disney Channel; Best Animated TV/Media Production for Preschool Children Ask the StoryBots Eps. Why Do We Have To Recycle? (JibJab Bros. Studios for Netflix); and Outstanding Achievement for Character Animation in a Live Action Production Avengers: Endgame (Weta Digital).
“For years, we’ve described ASIFA-Hollywood as a sort of United Nations of Animation. This year, that comparison rings even more clearly,” remarked Frank Gladstone, ASIFA’s executive director. “With nearly 2,000 submissions from productions worldwide, the award is becoming much more an international event. Many more films, many more artists and many new names we are learning to pronounce!”
The evening began with a special tribute to Richard Williams, Canadian–British animator, director, and writer, best known as animation director on Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988), for which he won two of his three Academy Awards (the third for A Christmas Carol in 1973), and for his unfinished feature film The Thief and the Cobbler (1993).
VIP Guests and Presenters included Frank Marshall, Christopher Lloyd, Ed Asner, Henry Selick, Jorge R. Gutierrez, Ron Clements, John Musker, Glen Keane, Diedrich Bader, Katy Mixon, Yeardley Smith, Sergio Pablos, Chris Butler, Jeremy Chapin, Pat Fraley, Margaret Kerry, Bill Farmer, Julie Nathanson, Ashley Boettcher, Todd Wilderman, Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Taro Morishima.
ASIFA-Hollywood is the world’s first and foremost professional organization dedicated to promoting the art of animation and celebrating the people who create it. Today, ASIFA-Hollywood, the largest chapter of the international organization ASIFA, supports a range of animation activities and preservation efforts through its membership. Current initiatives include the Animation Archive, Animation Aid Foundation, animated film preservation, special events, classes and screenings.
Created in 1972 by June Foray, the Annie Awards have grown in scope and stature for over four decades. For more information on the Annie Awards™, please visit www.annieawards.org. For information about ASIFA-Hollywood, visit www.asifa-hollywood.org.