Saturday 30 January 2016

The 5th A113Animation Awards Results

There were quite a few good animated films in 2015 - some excellent even; but it seems like one in particular was above average. Without further ado, here are our picks for the 5th edition of the A113Animation Awards (the winners are in gold, and there is a breakdown of the results at the bottom of the post)!

Best Animated Feature Film:
  • The Good Dinosaur - Pixar Animation Studios
  • Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios
  • Shaun the Sheep Movie - Aardman Animations
  • Song of the Sea - Cartoon Saloon
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - Studio Ghibli

The People's Favourite Animated Film Award:
  • Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Second Opinion Award:
  • Home - DreamWorks Animation (Decided by Seba).

The 'Oh So Close' Award:
  • Song of the Sea - Cartoon Saloon

William's Choice Award
  • Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Munir's Choice Award
  • Inside Out - Pixar Animation Studios

Best Director(s):
  • Peter Sohn - The Good Dinosaur
  • Pete Docter, Ronnie del Carmen - Inside Out
  • Mark Burton, Richard Starzak - Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Tomm Moore - Song of the Sea
  • Isao Takahata - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Writing:
  • Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve, Josh Cooley - Inside Out
  • Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, Cornelius Uliano - The Peanuts Movie
  • Mark Burton, Richard Starzak - Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Will Collins - Song of the Sea
  • Isao Takahata, Riko Sakaguchi - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best New Side Character(s):
  • Baymax - Big Hero 6
  • Dennis - Hotel Transylvania 2
  • Bing Bong - Inside Out
  • Slip - Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • Cù - Song of the Sea

Best Voice Acting:
  • Amy Poehler as Joy - Inside Out
  • Phyllis Smith as Sadness - Inside Out
  • Richard Kind as Bing Bong - Inside Out
  • Pierre Coffin as the Minions - The Minions
  • Tom Kenny as SpongeBob SquarePants - The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water

Best Villain:
  • Yokai - Big Hero 6
  • Scarlet Overkill - Minions
  • Anthony Trumper - Shaun the Sheep Movie

Best Female Character:
  • Joy - Inside Out
  • Sadness - Inside Out
  • Macha - Song of the Sea
  • Saoirse - Song of the Sea
  • Kaguya - The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Best Song:
  • "Immortals" by Fall Out Boy - Big Hero 6
  • "Towards the Sun" by Rihanna - Home
  • "Better When I'm Dancin'" by Meghan Trainor - The Peanuts Movie
  • "Feels Like Summer" by Tim Wheeler, Ilan Eshkeri and Nick Hodgson - Shaun the Sheep Movie
  • "Song of the Sea" by Lisa Hannigan - Song of the Sea

Best Score:
  • Big Hero 6 - Henry Jackman
  • The Good Dinosaur - Mychael and Jeff Danna
  • Inside Out - Michael Giacchino
  • Song of the Sea - Bruno Coulais and Kìla
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya - Joe Hisaishi

Best Animation and/or Graphics:
  • The Good Dinosaur
  • Song of the Sea
  • Inside Out
  • The Peanuts Movie
  • Big Hero 6

Best Animated Short Film:
  • Feast
  • Frozen Fever
  • Riley's First Date?
  • Shaun the Sheep: The Farmer's Llamas
  • Sanjay's Super Team

The One to Watch Out For:
  • Anomalisa
  • Finding Dory
  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Moana
  • Zootopia

Live-Action Awards

Best Visual Effects in a Live-Action Feature Film:
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron
  • Ex Machina
  • The Martian
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Tomorrowland

Best Live-Action Feature Film:
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
  • The Martian
  • Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  • Star Wars: The Force Awakens
  • Whiplash

Our live-action winners: Ex Machina and Mad Max: Fury Road

So there it is. Inside Out is the big winner of the 5th A113Animation Awards. It made us laugh, it made us cry (and cry again!), Inside Out did everything right. It's one of Pixar's best films to date, and as such it was almost guaranteed to win.
With 7 virtual statuettes (including the big one, for the Best Animated Feature Film Award), the 15th Pixar film did really good considering the tough competition it was facing; Inside Out also took home the awards for Best Writing (for the brilliant and clever script by Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley), Best Voice Acting (Phyllis Smith, who is quite perfect as Sadness), and Best Score (from the always amazing Michael Giacchino).
Furthermore, Inside Out was the best animated film of 2015 for both William and Munir. Here are their reasons for their picks:

William on choosing Inside Out: 'Was there really any other choice? My pick for best animated film of 2015 is Inside Out, because not only was it the best animated film of last year, one of the best overall films of last year, and one of the best animated films in recent memory, it also holds the distinguished claim of being one of the best Pixar films the acclaimed studio has made since Toy Story 3. That's no slight to the films that sit between the 2, but merely an acknowledgement of how fantastic Inside Out really is. The voice cast is top-notch (particularly The US Office's Phyllis Smith as Sadness), the animation is extraordinary, the score is great... Also Bing Bong. I love Bing Bong.

Creative, innovative, funny, endearing and heart-breaking in equal measure, Inside Out is one of director Pete Docter's finest creations.'

Munir on choosing Inside Out: 'Pixar has always taken improbable concepts and turn them into wonderful motion pictures. However, Inside Out may be their more ambitious film to date and the results are absolutely stunning. By delving in the mind of an 11-year old girl and showing us her emotions, director Pete Docter and company has created a magical film brimming with color and creativity while also giving us wonderfully compelling characters and a heartfelt and smart story that will surely delight everyone. After a somewhat uneven phase, Pixar is firing with all cylinders again and Inside Out is another instant classic from the studio.'

You seem to agree with our choices, as Inside Out won the People's Choice Award with an impressive 60,87% of the votes among the A113Animation readers. The second in the poll (Shaun the Sheep Movie) remained pretty far, with only 10,87% of the votes.

Pete Docter, Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley, the writing team of Inside Out

Quite surprisingly, this is only the second time a Pixar film has won our prestigious A113Animation Award for Best Animated Feature Film; the first one being Toy Story 3, in our first edition. After that, Pixar had been bested by the combined efforts of Steven Spielberg, Peter Jackson and WETA Digital (The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn), and the Walt Disney Animation Studios (Wreck-It Ralph and Frozen).

Pixar had a few more tricks up its sleeve, with The Good Dinosaur winning the Award for Best Animation and/or Graphics. If The Good Dinosaur had to win one, it was always going to be this, as it's the best looking film Pixar has ever produced, with dazzling animation and beautiful scenery.

Sanjay's Super Team is Pixar's 9th and final win in this edition. Based on its director's (Sanjay Patel) own childhood experience, the short managed to be funny, breathtaking and touching despite its brief running time. A well deserved Award.

Despite this Inside Out success though, one film managed to get three pretty important Awards: Cartoon Salon's second animated feature, Song of the Sea, won the 'Oh So Close' Award (meaning it was in our eyes the second best animated film of the year) and Best Director (a prize that went to Tomm Moore for the brilliant choices he made and his distinctively charming style).
Macha winning Best Female Character maybe the most surprising choice, since she was only in one scene from Song of the Sea, really (contrary to the four other nominees, who are main characters in their respective films); but she makes such an impact that she just had to win.

Tomm Moore, director of Song of the Sea

The other winners - and worthy nominees - got either one (Big Hero 6 with the Best New Side Character, Home with the Second Opinion Award) or two Awards (Shaun of the Sheep Movie with Best Song and Best Villain).

The One to Watch Out For almost went to Anomalisa. It would have been a logical choice: at A113Animation we have not seen this film yet but those who have seen it have nothing but praise for it. That being said, the Kubo and the Two Strings trailer that was released three days ago was just too good. In the end, passion won over reason.

That's it! Thanks to all who participated in the poll and to you, dear reader of our little animation blog. These are our winners for the 5th edition of the A113Animation Awards, but you may have a different opinion; what would you have chosen? Please discuss in the comments section below.

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