Sunday 3 February 2013

40th Annual Annie Awards Winners: Disney Wins Big

Last night, ASIFA-Hollywood handed out this year's Annie Awards, honouring the best of animation for 2012; the evening was hosted by animation and film historian Leonard Maltin. The Annies are self-touted as animation's highest honour, and last night the highest honours went to Disney.

Wreck-It Ralph beat out eight competitors to take home the Best Animated Feature award, and Paperman (which you can now watch in its entirety online) beat seven other shorts to take home the Best Animated Short Subject honour.

In the individual achievement categories, it was more of a scattered bag. DreamWorks' Rise of the Guardians won two Outstanding Achievement awards, for Animated Effects and Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production, the latter deservingly went to the talented Johanne Matte, whose work adorns The Art of Rise of the Guardians. Laika's ParaNorman won awards for Character Animation for its CEO and head animator, Travis Knight, as well as for Character Design.

Wreck-It Ralph swept up yet more awards though, with director Rich Moore taking the directing award home, while Henry Jackman also got an award for the film's music, Alan Tudyk won for voice acting as the excitable King Candy and Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee won for writing. It was definitely a strong night for the Mouse House, as Pixar managed to take home a couple of awards too, for Production Design (Steve Pilcher) and Editing (Nicholas C. Smith, A.C.E, Robert Grahamjones, A.C.E., David Suther) - which are both very well deserved awards.

The live-action visual effects awards went to The Avengers for Outstanding Achievement, Animated Effects in a Live Action Production and Life of Pi for Outstanding Achievement, Character Animation in a Live Action Production. Congrats to the very talented teams at ILM and Rhythm & Hues on their respective honours.

Massive congratulations to the talented team at Disney for all their many accolades earned for Wreck-It Ralph, I can't wait to finally judge the film for myself come Friday. Congratulations to all the other winners also, and commiserations to those who went home awardless. Check out the full results here.

Next on the awards calender, the 66th BAFTAs are a week today and the 85th Academy Awards will take place on 24th February. Oh, and don't forget the 3rd Annual A113Animation Awards - nominees announced 9th February, winners announced 15th.

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