The International Animated Film Society (ASIFA-Hollywood), announced nominations today for its 40th Annual Annie Awards, which recognizes the society’s pick of the year’s best animated films. The Annie Awards cover 30 categories and include Best Animated Feature, Best Animated Special Production, Commercials, Short Subjects and Outstanding Individual Achievements.
The Annie nominations for Best Animated Features should also be major players in the Oscars race as well.
This year’s Annie nominations include: "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).
“I am very excited about this year’s slate of nominees!” remarked ASIFA-Hollywood president, Frank Gladstone. “We had more submissions to choose from this year than for any prior year in Annie Award history, running the gamut from big studio features to indie films, television series to internet shows, games, shorts and, for the first time, student films, all showcasing the huge variety of venues, creativity, technical innovation, and story-telling that our art form has to offer.”
The Annies will also honor the career achievements in animation to Winsor McCay recipients Oscar Grillo, Terry Gilliam and Mark Henn; June Foray Award – Howard Green for his significant and benevolent or charitable impact on the art and industry of animation; and Ub Iwerks – Toon Boom Animation/Toon Boom Animation Pipeline for technical advancements that make a significant impact on the art or industry of animation.
Winners of the 40th Annual Annie Awards will be announced on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013 at UCLA’s Royce Hall, in Los Angeles, CA. For more information, and the full list of nominees, go to www.annieawards.org.