UP soars at Annies…Oscar(s) Next?

     February 7, 2010

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Kung Fu Panda may have knocked out Wall-E at last year’s Annie Awards, but Pixar got its revenge Saturday night with Up taking the top two awards, for Best Animated Feature and Directing in a Feature Production for Pete Docter.

However, Henry Selick’s Coraline and Disney’s The Princess and The Frog (both of which this writer liked more than Up – hate if you must) topped Up‘s total, taking home three Annies each. And the most deserved award of all? In my opinion it’s certainly Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach for Writing in a Feature Production for the wildly witty Fantastic Mr. Fox.

And Up, of course, is up for an impressive two-fer when the Oscars are handed out March 7, being nominated for both Best Picture and Best Animated Picture (only the second animated movie to score a Best Picture nod, after Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.) There’s always a chance the two could cancel each other out, but I wouldn’t bet against Pixar in at least the animated category.  Hit the jump to see a full list of winners at the Annie Awards.


Here’s the full list of winners, and it contains at least one true oddity: with all the talented voice actors in The Princess and the Frog, featuring Disney’s first black princess, did they really have to give the voice award to Jennifer Cody for voicing Tiana’s white friend, Charlotte? Just saying. It is great, though, to see continued recognition of Tom Kenny’s amazing work on Spongebob Squarepants, and any lingering love out there for Futurama is certainly welcome in this little corner of the world too.

Up_retro_movie_poster_Pixar (4).jpgBest Animated Feature: Up
Directing in a Feature Production: Pete Docter, Up
Animated Effects: James Mansfield, The Princess and the Frog
Character Animation in a Feature Production: Eric Goldberg, The Princess and the Frog
Character Design in a Feature Production: Shane Prigmore, Coraline
Music in a Feature Production: Bruno Coulais, Coraline
Production Design in a Feature Production:  Tadahiro Uesugi, Coraline
Storyboarding in a Feature Production: Tom Owens, Monsters vs. Aliens
Voice Acting in a Feature Production: Jen Cody – Voice of Charlotte – The Princess and the Frog
Writing in a Feature Production: Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach – Fantastic Mr. Fox

Best Animated Short Subject: Robot Chicken: Star Wars 2.5

Best Animated Television Production: Prep and Landing
Directing in a Television Production: Bret Haaland, The Penguins of Madagascar – Launchtime
Best Animated Television Production for Children: The Penguins of Madagascar
Character Animation in a Television Production: Phillip To, Monsters vs. Aliens: Mutant Pumpkins from Outer Space
Character Design in a Television Production: Bill Schwab, Prep and Landing
Music in a Television Production: Guy Moon, The Fairly OddParents: Wishology-The Big Beginning
Production Design in a Television Production: Andy Harkness, Prep and Landing
Storyboarding in a Television Production: Robert Koo, Merry Madagascar
Voice Acting in a Television Production: Tom Kenny – Voice of SpongeBob – SpongeBob SquarePants – Truth or Square

Best Animated Television Commercial: Spanish Lottery, Deportees

Best Home Entertainment Production: Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

JURIED AWARDS

Winsor McCay Award – Tim Burton, Bruce Timm, Jeffrey Katzenberg

June Foray – Tom Sito

Ub Iwerks Award – William T. Reeves

Special Achievement – Martin Meunier and Brian McLean

Certificate of Merit – Myles Mikulic, Danny Young and Michael Woodside

http://www.annieawards.org/

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